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Two constitutional amendments on ballot

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Hawaii voters will decide on two state ballot questions Nov. 2. Both are constitutional amendments.

The first, HB2376, proposes to amend the Hawaii Constitution to change the Board of Education to a board appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate, as provided by law. Currently, the Board of Education is an elected board.

The second, SB2807, proposes a constitutional amendment to authorize the Legislature to determine whether excess funds should be used as tax refunds or tax credits to taxpayers of the state, or be diverted into a rainy day fund for times of emergency, economic downturn, or unforeseen reduction in revenue.

Many other states across the country will also be voting on various propositions on the November ballot.

The National Conference of State Legislatures has started a blog called Prop 50 which will track and discuss the initiatives prior to Election Day.

— Find out more
Hawaii House Blog: hawaiihouseblog.blogspot.com/
Constitutional Amendments: www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session…
Prop 50 blog: ncsl.typepad.com/prop50/#tp

5 Responses to “Two constitutional amendments on ballot”

  1. Henry says:

    Re SB2807– So what happens to excess funds now (without the amendment)?

    • L. Davis says:

      Currently, “If the trigger is reached[5% for 2 years],the excess money must be returned to the tax payers by either a tax refund or tax credit.” – from the Desperate America Report, Oct. 14, 2010.

  2. Tom Young says:

    Neither will follow PEOPLE want. We don’t need ANY Board of Education. Of course! excess funds should be returned to taxpayers but it will never happen.

  3. Tom Young says:

    Neither will follow what the PEOPLE want. We don’t need ANY Board of Education. Of course! excess funds should be returned to taxpayers but it will never happen.

  4. Midnight Rambler says:

    While the BOE proposition is often reported on, there seems to be very little discussion about its actual merits. I don’t like the idea of an appointed board on principle, but on the other hand I see we have a BOE election this year and there has been zero mention of any of the candidates outside of the ballot itself – no campaign, no reporting, no publicity. Kind of hard to make an informed choice that way!

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