The Governance of Hawaii: A Study of Territorial Administration

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CHAPTER VII
THE LEGISLATURE

Members. --If the commissioners who framed the Organic Act had been of adventurous spirit, they would have had an excellent opportunity to test out new methods in this new territorial government they were constructing. Students of politics had long urged that a state legislature should be of but one house, rather than of two, that the existence of two caused needless duplication and waste. The Islands were accustomed to a quasi-parliamentary form of government, and the last legislature under the monarchy was of but one house. But of course the President's commission was sobered by the fact that Congress had to approve their handiwork, and they provided for the old well-worn American system of a senate and house of representatives, with members elected from the districts in which they reside.

For the purpose of choosing the two bodies, the territory was divided into four senatorial and six representative districts. Each county was made a senatorial district, and the city-and-county is the fourth. Hawaii County was named District Number One with four senators; Maui County was Number Two with three senators; Honolulu, Number Three with six senators; and Kauai, Number Four with two senators. The senate was made renewable, seven at one biennial election, and eight at the next. In 1926 eight were chosen; in 1928, seven. Obviously, of the first senators elected some could serve only two years. To get the scheme started, the Organic Act provided that the first incumbents should decide among themselves which should serve the short terms and which the long. But the

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Table of contents

  • Stanford Books in World Politics ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Table of Contents xv
  • 1- Chapter I the Islands of Hawaii 1
  • Bibliography 14
  • Chapter II- An Independent Nation 16
  • Bibliography 28
  • Chapter III- Hawaii and the Union 29
  • Bibliography 51
  • Chapter IV- The Plan of Government 53
  • Bibliography 63
  • Chapter V- Races and the Government 64
  • Bibliography 81
  • Chapter VI- Parties and Elections 82
  • Bibliography 94
  • Chapter VII- The Legislature 95
  • Bibliography 106
  • Chapter VIII- The Executive Branch 107
  • Bibliography 121
  • Chapter IX- Health and Welfare 122
  • Bibliography 131
  • Chapter X- Education 132
  • Bibliography 146
  • Chapter XI- Public Lands and Public Works 147
  • Bibliography 154
  • Chapter XII- Conservation, Agriculture, and Business 155
  • Bibliography 163
  • Chapter XIII- Finance 165
  • Bibliography 176
  • Chapter XIV- Law and Legal Administration 177
  • Bibliography 186
  • Chapter XV- Honolulu General Government 187
  • Bibliography 193
  • Bibliography 202
  • Chapter XVII- County Government 203
  • Bibliography 210
  • Chapter XVIII- Federal Government in Hawaii 211
  • Bibliography 217
  • Chapter XIX- An Appraisal 218
  • Bibliography 227
  • Appendix A- Hawaiian Pronunciation 229
  • Appendix B 231
  • Appendix C 232
  • Appendix D 235
  • Chapter Iii. the Executive 250
  • Index 273
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