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CONSENT of the GOVERNED PROJECT

to change the county charter  and restore sovereignty to every citizen.

Recent quotes from three of our own county council members on their positions as elected officials are revealing as to how they view their proper roles : 

“it sometimes takes a law to change people's behavior”

 "Sometimes I have to be forced to do things that are right and I don't want to.”

 (I need) “to take charge, to lead our County, to define policy in the best interests of the people of our island. “

Frightening, isn't it !


Our county government lately has taken on 3 roles:

  • Administrative (such as determining how many police to hire, or where a road should go, or how to process garbage). This is an appropriate level of authority and responsibility for them to play.
  • Telling us what things we CAN NOT do i.e.:restricting our rights, more so every year
  • Taking our money: i.e.: taxes and fees

We the people have delegated out elected officials the power to be administrators, but we have NOT delegated them the power to restrict our lives and take our money without our permission.

The Consent of the Governed acts will restore forever this authority and sovereignty to the people of the Big Island.

 

 

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Petition to Amend Article II, of the Hawaii County Charter (2008, as amended) 

Petitioners committee: The Consent of the Governed Committee
Short Title: 
The Consent of the Governed Act on Rights 

         Whereas only individual citizens can truly know best what is the optimal way to live their lives, and not the government;
             And whereas the government has powers only as a result of what the people voluntarily give them;
             Be it therefore resolved that the electorate of the County of Hawaii hereby amends Article II of the Hawaii County Charter (2008, as amended) by including a new Section 2-3 to read:
Section 2-3.  Consent of Electorate. 

         (a) Any law passed by the Hawaii County Council that either removes a right or liberty currently enjoyed by any citizen or entity, or in any way abridges that right and/or liberty, shall only become lawful and enforceable after it has been both submitted to the people for a vote by referendum and passed by two-third (2/3) of votes cast by the electorate.
        
(b) Such referendum will be required at the next regularly scheduled countywide election.
         (c) This section shall not be repealed or amended in any way without such repeal or amendment being put to the people in a referendum and passed by two-thirds (2/3) of all ballots cast.  Such referendum will be at the next regular countywide scheduled election.
         (d) Emergency over-ride. If due to a declared emergency, the mayor decides this act requires the temporary restriction of the electorate’s rights and/or liberties, the mayor will submit to the council a request for emergency over-ride of this act. The council may approve the request by unanimous consent only, and such restriction shall expire after a maximum of sixty (60) days. Such emergency over-ride will immediately trigger a requirement for this over-ride to be placed on a referendum by the people on the next countywide election, and will become permanent only with two-thirds (2/3) vote of all ballots cast. If it fails such a vote, any emergency over-ride will become invalid immediately, and may not be enacted again.

 

 

Petition to Amend Article II, of the Hawaii County Charter (2008, as amended)

Petitioners committee: The Consent of the Governed Committee

Short Title: 

The Consent of the Governed Act on Taxation

Whereas only individual citizens can truly know best what is the optimal way to live their lives, and not the government;

         And whereas government obtains all it’s funding from the people and only with their free consent;

         Be it therefore resolved that the electorate of the County of Hawaii hereby amends Article II of the Hawaii County Charter (2008, as amended) by including a new Section 2-4 to read:
         Section 2-4.  Consent of Electorate on Taxation. 

        (a)  Any legislation adopted by the Hawaii County Council that increases an existing tax or fee, or seeks to levy a new tax or fee, shall only become lawful and enforceable after it has been submitted to the electorate for a vote by referendum and passed by two-third (2/3) of votes cast by the electorate.

         (b) Such referendum will be required at the next regularly scheduled county wide election.
         (c) This section may not be repealed or amended in any way without such repeal or amendment being put to the people in a referendum and passed by two-third (2/3) of votes cast by the electorate. Such referendum will be required at the next regularly scheduled countywide election.
         (d) Emergency over-ride.   There shall be no emergency over-ride of this section. If the Mayor or County Council determines that an emergency exists that requires the levying of new or additional taxes or fees, the County shall implement an emergency referendum on the issue, and only allowed if passed by two-third (2/3) of votes cast by the electorate.