According to the Hawai’i state constitution Article 4 (Reapportionment) Section 6 #2 states – “No district shall be so drawn as to unduly favor a person or political faction.”
1) The members of the reapportionment commission responsible for drawing the new maps were provided with the home addresses of House and Senate members early in the process.
2) Various members of the House and Senate have and are actively lobbying commission members both in private and in public.
3) The criteria being used by commissioners to “redraw the maps” actively and consciously considers the possible impact on various legislators.
4) The most powerful State Senator in Hawai’i, WAM Chair Donovan Dela Cruz with the assistance of Government Affairs Chair Senator Sharon Moriwaki has scheduled a formal Senate briefing for Monday, January 10th at 10 am to “examine the data and methodology used and the bases (sic) for the Reapportionment Commissions decision to provide an accurate count of “permanent residents”.
Does anyone else find this objectionable and inappropriate, if not downright in violation of the state constitution?
Why would the reapportionment committee need or want the home addresses of legislative members when the law prohibits favoring them in the process?
Why is WAM even participating in the briefing as there are no budget impacts or fiscal implications involved?
One would think that if the law requires the process to not “unduly favor any person or party”, that those who are indeed most likely to be impacted would be prohibited from lobbying the commissioners or otherwise attempting to influence the outcome.
One would also think that the commission would at least attempt to conduct the process without plugging in the addresses of those who would be most impacted, and would further resist changing district lines in response to pressure from those likely to be impacted.
One would think.
*Note: If anyone wants to challenge the facts stated above, please do so (either publicly via commenting here or privately to my email at firstname.lastname@example.org). I am more than willing to make a correction or clarify if I have misstated any of the facts or circumstances involved.