2011 Hawaii Code
96. The Ombudsman
§96-2 Ombudsman; office established, appointment, tenure, removal, qualifications, salary, vacancy.

HI Rev Stat § 96-2 (2011 through Reg Sess) What's This?

§96-2 Ombudsman; office established, appointment, tenure, removal, qualifications, salary, vacancy. The office of ombudsman is established. The legislature, by a majority vote of each house in joint session, shall appoint an ombudsman who shall serve for a period of six years and thereafter until a successor shall have been appointed. An ombudsman may be reappointed but may not serve for more than three terms. The legislature, by two-thirds vote of the members in joint session, may remove or suspend the ombudsman from office, but only for neglect of duty, misconduct, or disability.

No person may serve as ombudsman within two years of the last day on which the person served as a member of the legislature, or while the person is a candidate for or holds any other state office, or while the person is engaged in any other occupation for reward or profit. Effective July 1, 2005, the salary of the ombudsman shall be the same as the salary of the director of health. The salary of the ombudsman shall not be diminished during the ombudsman's term of office, unless by general law applying to all salaried officers of the State.

If the ombudsman dies, resigns, becomes ineligible to serve, or is removed or suspended from office, the first assistant to the ombudsman becomes the acting ombudsman until a new ombudsman is appointed for a full term. [L 1967, c 306, §3; HRS §96-2; am L 1969, c 127, §6; am L 1974, c 46, §2; am L 1975, c 58, §33; am L 1982, c 129, §32(1); gen ch 1985; am L 1986, c 128, §30(1); am L 1989, c 329, §20(1); am L 2005, c 225, §6]

Attorney General Opinions

Funds for operation of office constitute funds for "expenses of the legislature" within meaning of Const., Art. VI, §5. Att. Gen. Op. 69-4.

Law Journals and Reviews

The Ombudsman in Hawaii: The Basic Premises. 7 HBJ 17.

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