STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2145
RE: S.B. No. 2347
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2022
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Judiciary, to which was referred S.B. No. 2347 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to:
(1) Require the language and meaning of any proposed constitutional amendment and ratification question to be simple, concise, and direct to the extent practicable;
(2) Allow the presiding officers of the Legislature to request a written opinion of the Supreme Court regarding the legality of a proposed amendment to the Hawaii State Constitution and the corresponding constitutional ratification question;
(3) Require the Supreme Court to provide a written opinion within forty-eight hours of receipt of the request;
(4) Require, for any written opinion by the Supreme Court that invalidates a constitutional ratification question, a detailed and specific explanation of the reasons for this opinion; and
(5) Prohibit any appeal of a written opinion.
Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Judiciary.
Your Committee finds that constitutional ratification questions should be posed in simple, concise, and direct language. Your Committee further finds that it is an appropriate exercise of the powers of the Hawaii Supreme Court to issue written opinions on the legality of a proposed constitutional ratification question upon request of the Senate President or the Speaker of the House of Representatives. This measure provides a mechanism to ensure the legality of constitutional ratification questions are addressed by the highest court in the State.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
that the Supreme Court is afforded one week rather than forty-eight hours to provide
a written response to a request for an opinion as to whether a proposed
amendment to the Hawaii State Constitution and the corresponding constitutional
ratification question is simple, concise, and direct to the extent practicable;
(2) Inserting an effective date of July 30,
2075, to encourage further
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2347, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2347, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary,
KARL RHOADS, Chair