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Measure to elect Hawaii's attorney general shot down by House

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March 29, 2011

Hawaii

HONOLULU, Hawaii: Hawaii's attorney general will remain an appointed position following this week's vote by the House Judiciary Committee. The proposed legislation would have referred to voters a question to change the state office to an elected, four-year term position.[1]

Hawaii is one of five states where attorneys general are appointed. As it currently stands, there are only four ways in which an individual is able to be selected to assume the role of State Attorney General - by being elected by the people of the state through the primary/general processes, appointed by the governor, being elected by the state legislature, or by being appointed by the state supreme court.

The full text of the proposed measure can be read here.

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