STAND. COM. REP. NO.3388

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2002

RE: S.R. No. 89

S.D. 1

 

 

Honorable Robert Bunda

President of the Senate

Twenty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2002

State of Hawaii

Sir:

Your Committee on Judiciary, to which was referred S.R. No. 89, S.D. 1, entitled:

"SENATE RESOLUTION DESIGNATING SEPTEMBER 23-27, 2002 AS "KIDS VOTING HAWAII WEEK","

begs leave to report as follows:

The purpose of this measure is to designate September 23-27, 2002, as "Kids Voting Hawaii Week."

Your Committee received testimony in support of the measure from the Department of Education and Kids Voting Hawaii.

Your Committee finds that voting, voter registration, and knowledge of civics is declining in the high schools. As representative democracy relies so heavily on citizen participation and the informed consent of the governed, it is imperative that this trend be reversed. This measure would provide one important means of significantly increasing the public profile of this crucial issue among new and future voters.

Your Committee further finds that it is the civic responsibility of public high school student leaders and students eligible to vote to participate in the Kids Voting Hawaii program encouraging youths to vote.

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary that is attached to this report, your Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of S.R. No. 89, S.D. 1, and recommends its adoption.

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary,

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BRIAN KANNO, Chair