The award is meant to focus attention on what’s known as gut and replace — “an abusive practice of government, in which legislators take a bill on one topic, gut the language, and replace it with something completely different to avoid the Constitutionally required legislative review,” according to a recent press release.
The concern is that the public is left out of the full process of hearing bills.
Legislators in favor of gut and replace say it is a way to keep important legislation alive for further consideration.
Common Cause Hawaii and The League of Women Voters of Honolulu legally challenged gut and replace in 2018.
After a loss in Circuit Court, the decision was appealed in May of this year and a briefing is expected this fall.
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