STAND. COM. REP. NO. 126-00

                                 Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                   , 2000

                                 RE: S.B. No. 914

Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twentieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2000
State of Hawaii


     Your Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs, to which
was referred S.B. No. 914 entitled: 


begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this bill is to specify that in a question
for a constitutional convention, ballots cast includes blank
ballots and over votes.

     The Office of Elections, Common Cause Hawaii, and the League
of Women Voters of Hawaii testified in support of the measure.

     Your Committee finds that the Hawaii Supreme Court in the
case of Hawaii State AFL-CIO v. Yoshina, 84 Haw. 374, 935 P.2d
89, (1997) ruled that blank votes and over votes are to be
counted in ballots cast on a question for a constitutional
convention.  This measure conforms the Hawaii Revised Statutes
with the Hawaii Supreme Court's decision.

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs that is attached to
this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and
purpose of S.B. No. 914 and recommends that it pass Second
Reading and be referred to the Committee on Finance.

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                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committee on Judiciary &
                                   Hawaiian Affairs,

                                   ERIC G. HAMAKAWA, Chair