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Charter Commission to finalize amendments for ballot

The Maui News

The Maui Charter Commission will meet today to review and approve 11 proposed County Charter amendments for the 2022 general election ballot in November.

If approved, the proposals would:

• Require remote communications with the public during council meetings, remove certain requirements for council’s organizational meeting and allow access to county records.

• Require the county auditor to assess the financial impacts of proposed charter amendments.

• Authorize the county clerk to update the charter and prohibit the county clerk and deputy county clerk from actively participating in management of political campaigns.

• Limit the powers of the mayor to appoint administrative department heads.

• Require representation from each council residency area on the Planning Commission, allow that Kalaupapa be included within the jurisdiction of the Molokai Planning Commission upon state action and allow for the community plan update process to be set by ordinance.

• Separate the Department of Housing & Human Concerns into two departments and create the Housing Advisory Board and Department of Hawaiian Home Lands liaison within the new Department of Housing.

• Create the Department of ‘Oiwi Resources and affirm that the county operate as a bilingual government.

• Add requirements to the Code of Ethics regarding the financial interests of county officers.

• Create a nine-member Independent Nomination Board to recommend individuals for county boards, commissions and the positions of county clerk, auditor, corporation counsel and prosecuting attorney (commission version); or create an 11-member Independent Nomination Board to nominate individuals for county boards, commissions and the positions of corporation counsel and prosecuting attorney (council alternative).

• Allow that penalties for violations of law be set by council by ordinance.

• Require that the chief of police submit a written report when the chief disagrees with the Police Commission findings (commission version); or require that the chief of police submit a written report when the chief disagrees with the Police Commission findings, upon the Police Commission’s request (council alternative).

Two versions of the proposals on the Independent Nomination Board and the police chief’s reporting requirements will appear on the ballot because the commission and the council did not reach agreement on their preferred language, according to a commission news release.

Although substantive changes can no longer be made to the proposals, public testimony by phone or video will be considered at the meeting, which starts at 9 a.m. via the BlueJeans videoconferencing platform.

Members of the public may also observe the remote meeting or testify in person at the County of Maui Service Center — Department of Liquor Control Conference Room, 110 ‘Ala’ihi Street, Suite No. 212A in Kahului. The commissioners may not be physically present.

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