HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE V, SECTION 2, OF THE HAWAII STATE CONSTITUTION TO REQUIRE THE GUBERNATORIAL NOMINEE OF EACH POLITICAL PARTY TO SELECT THE PARTY'S LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NOMINEE.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. The legislature finds that Hawaii is one of only eight states in which the candidates for both governor and lieutenant governor are subject to joint general elections but separate primary elections. The legislature believes that amending the Hawaii state constitution to require gubernatorial nominees to select their own running mates may create a greater sense of cohesion between the governor and lieutenant governor, with the lieutenant governor potentially serving as a source of guidance and support for the governor. The legislature further believes that a more cohesive relationship between the two offices may enhance the productivity of the state government.
Accordingly, the purpose of this Act is to propose an amendment to article V, section 2, of the Hawaii State Constitution to require the gubernatorial nominee elected from each political party in a primary election to appoint a person from the same political party as a running mate for lieutenant governor in the general election.
SECTION 2. Article V, section 2, of the Constitution of the State of Hawaii is amended to read as follows:
Section 2. There shall be a lieutenant governor who
shall have the same qualifications as the governor. The lieutenant governor shall be elected at
the same time, for the same term [
and in the same manner] as the
governor; provided that following the primary election, the candidate of each
political party for the office of governor shall appoint a person from the same
political party as the candidate of that party for lieutenant governor;
provided further that the votes cast in the general election for the
nominee for governor shall be deemed cast for the nominee for lieutenant
governor [ of] from the same political party. No person shall be elected to the office of
lieutenant governor for more than two consecutive full terms. The lieutenant governor shall perform such duties
as may be provided by law."
SECTION 3. The question to be printed on the ballot shall be as follows:
"Shall the nominee for lieutenant governor be appointed by a gubernatorial nominee, following the primary election, for the same term and from the same political party as the gubernatorial nominee, rather than be elected in a separate election?"
SECTION 4. Constitutional material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New constitutional material is underscored.
SECTION 5. This amendment shall take effect upon compliance with article XVII, section 3, of the Constitution of the State of Hawaii.
Constitutional Amendment; Lieutenant Governor; Appointment; Elections; Governor
Proposes an amendment to article V, section 2, of the Hawaii State Constitution to require that each gubernatorial nominee appoint a person from the same political party as a running mate for lieutenant governor in the general election.
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