Honolulu ballots will ask voters 5-part question relating to rail

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Honolulu voters are being asked to approve a change to the board that oversees the rail project.

The question has five parts and could be confusing.

New Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation board members were recently added by the Legislature, but that changed the number of members who have to be there for votes to pass.

The proposed amendment would reduce the number of voting members required for votes to six. 

“These voting members are volunteers and they have busy job responsibilities and schedules, so because of that, there have been a number of HART meetings that have been canceled where they needed to transact important business,” said city councilman Ron Menor.

“With delays of the rail, it costs time and money, and that’s what we’re trying to avoid, the time and money,” said HART board chair Damien Kim.

If voters select no, then no changes would be made and the number of members required for votes would remain at eight. 

“Shall the Revised Charter of the City and County of Honolulu 1973 (2017 Edition) relating to the board of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (the ‘Board’) be amended:

  1.  To increase the number of Board members from ten to a maximum of fifteen;
  2. To provide that the President of the Hawaii State Senate and the Speaker of the Hawaii State House of Representatives may each appoint up to two non-voting members, for terms to be determined by the appointing authority;
  3. To provide that the City Council may appoint one additional voting member;
  4. To specify that six members shall constitute a quorum; and
  5. To specify that the affirmative vote of a majority of all voting members of the Board shall be necessary to take any action, and such action shall be made at a meeting open to the public?”

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