President's Message (Jean Aoki)|
State Council to be Held on Kauai
Making Democracy Work: Hawaii Clean Elections Activities (Toni Worst)
Electronic Notification of Batterer's Release (Suzanne Meisenzahl)
In Memoriam: Mary George
State Board Actions
LWV-Hawaii Proposed Budget 1998-1999
Local League News - Hawaii County
Local League News - Honolulu
Local League News - Kauai
Kido Selected as Rotary Ambassador to Germany
Judicial Council Seeking Panelists
Job Opportunities Available (Marian Wilkins)
Meet Your Board
Legislative Hearing Notices Available on Internet
Making Democracy Work: Hawaii Clean Elections (HI.CLEAN) Activities
Our Clean Money bill has been introduced in both houses of the legislature: S.B. 2399 and H.B. 3117. S.B. 2399 has been amended by the Senate Judiciary Committee to apply to the year 2002 governor's/lieutenant governor's race only, as a pilot project. The election period begins November 11, 1998. The bill is now before the Ways and Means Committee.
HI.CLEAN's Clean Money Campaign Reform Conference was held on Saturday, January 31, 1998 at McCoy Pavilion. The keynote speaker, former Hawaii congressman Cecil Heftel, addressed an attentive group of seventy participants, followed by Massachusetts Voters for Clean Elections' David Donnelly, and Toni Worst, for HI.CLEAN. In attendance were staff representatives from numerous elected officials, and Rep. Gene Ward, plus three campaign spending commissioners and the commission's executive director, Bob Watada.
Mr. Heftel told of his experiences in Congress with money-in-politics problems. He made a very noteworthy point: that Hawaii's economy could be improved and new investment stimulated by passing Clean Money and sending a clear message to business operators that the hidden political costs of doing business (i.e., campaign contributions) would no longer be a further tax to them, that Hawaii is serious about having competent, clean government based on merit, not connections and behind-the-scenes monetary influence.
David Donnelly's presentation was more "nuts and bolts"-how to get Clean Money passed using the lessons learned in Maine and Vermont:
Worst was the final speaker of the day, with a wrap-up of spending statistics for Hawaii 1996 elections and a summary of HI.CLEAN's strategy for the upcoming year and beyond: essentially, to organize public knowledge and demand this reform until it is passed into law.
The day's events were captured on video by Karen Archibald for broadcast on public access cablevision ('Olelo). A shorter I0-minute version will be available for small group public education.
Thanks for the Help
Thanks to the League of Women Voters Education Fund for helping to coordinate the Piper Fund's financial sponsorship of the event and special gratitude to the leaguers who worked so hard with me to make it a successful day and hosted our speakers so congenially: Grace Furukawa, Jean Aoki, Janet Mason, Lori Adolewski, Arlene Kim Ellis, and Joshua Cooper. We thank them for all their assistance and volunteerism. We would also like to thank the people who helped prepare the conference flyer for mailing.
HI.CLEAN is really moving forward purposefully and effectively. The League has played a vitally important role in its leadership: kudos to all participants in helping Make Democracy Work!
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