By Derrick DePledge
Good-government advocates have submitted a petition to the state House and Senate urging lawmakers not to pass any of the so-called "gut and replace" and "Frankenstein" bills that have moved this session.
"Gut and replace" is a tactic where lawmakers replace the content of one bill with entirely new language, often to meet a procedural deadline. "Frankenstein" is a term some advocates have applied to bills that have been amended to include radically different subject matter.
Common Cause Hawaii, the League of Women Voters Hawaii and Americans for Democratic Action Hawaii are among the groups behind the petition:
Dear Senators and Representatives:
We have identified a number of bills with non-germane material added, and are affronted that some legislators think that ambiguous bill titles and last-minute amendments are an appropriate way to evade basic, procedural safeguards established by our State Constitution.
As provided in Senate Rule 67 and House Rule 44, we have filed the attached petition with the Senate and House Clerks, asking the Senate and the House for two things:
1) Do NOT pass the "gut-and-replace" and "Frankenstein" bills generated in the 2013 legislative session, due to the way the bills have moved forward
2) BAN the "gut-and-replace" and "Frankenstein" practices from being used in the future.
We condemn these tactics and strongly oppose these misleading practices which keep the public in the dark.
Thank you for taking appropriate action on the two sets of bills listed on our petition.
Americans for Democratic Action/Hawaii; Bianca Isaki; Choon James, Country Talk Story; Common Cause Hawaii; Conservation Council for Hawaii; Hawaii Coalition for Legislative Reform; Hawaii’s Thousand Friends; Kokua Council; League of Women Voters of Hawaii; Michelle Matson; Nancy Aleck