|Mauna Loa Cabin and trail and a radio repeater at the summit will be assessed through one of |
the planned helicopter service flights in April by Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.
See flight dates for April below. NPS Photo
|Prosecuting Attorney Kelden Waltjen|
"Results also showed that an overwhelming number of participants support the relocation of the Hawai‘i Community Correctional Center and the construction of new correctional facilities on Hawai‘i Island.
"A large percentage agree on the importance of prioritizing increased funding for substance abuse and mental health treatment on Hawai‘i Island. Lastly, the results demonstrate that a large majority of Hawai‘i Island residents agree with our Office that custody determinations should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Hawai‘i Island residents do not believe that defendants should be automatically released even if charged with only 'non-violent' misdemeanor and/or felony offenses."
The Prosecuting Attorney said data from the survey has been shared with Hawai‘i Island state Representatives and Fenators, Hawai‘i County Council, and the Mayor’s Office. "We hope this data assists our state lawmakers and county officials in advocating for the best interests of Hawai‘i Island. Data from our Office’s survey last year was instrumental in the passage of new legislation, including a class B felony offense for automobile and motorcycle theft and a new felony offense for dog attacks resulting in serious bodily injury or death."
Affordable Housing Credits are designed to help to provide "decent housing, suitable living environments, and the expansion of economic opportunities." OHCD’s Planning Branch administers the
In September 2022, Hawai‘i County Council’s Resolution No. 467-22 requested the Office of the County Auditor conduct the performance audit.The report lists deficiencies and improvements.
Mayor Mitch Roth. He vetoed Bill 194 this week, citing concerns over the Bill's potential impact "on the County's ability to condition rezoning ordinances, provide affordable housing, and facilitate development projects."
In correspondence to the Council, the Mayor contended that the Bill "would add expense, uncertainty, and difficulty to the rezoning process, limiting the County's flexibility to condition rezoning ordinances appropriately. Furthermore, the Bill would impede the County's ability to provide residents with housing and facilities like hospitals, schools, and job centers, ultimately punishing unsophisticated applicants and adding unnecessary costs to the development process."
The Mayor's recommendation is not to pass Bill 194 in any form and allow the existing process to remain in place. He emphasized his administration's commitment to providing housing for residents and noted that the Bill would impede the County's ability to achieve that goal.
"The decision to veto the Bill comes after careful consideration of its potential impact on the County's planning and zoning processes. Mayor Roth hopes that the Council will work collaboratively with his administration to find alternative solutions to address the issues the Bill aimed to resolve," says the statement from his office.
Green said, "The people of Hawaiʻi deserve a transparent and accountable government. I said it during my time as Lt. Governor, I said it during my campaign, and I have repeated it many times, including in my State of the State address, because I believe it is a critical part of effective government that delivers for our people.
"The bills I have signed into law today were crafted by many great and collaborative minds and will
|Gov. Josh Green signs seven bills into law on Friday regarding validation|
of ballots, campaign spending, fundraisers, lobbying and gifts
to public officials. Photo from Gov. Green
The State's Campaign Spending Commission, Ethics Commission, and Office of Elections asked House Speaker Scott Saiki to introduce them.
Hawai'i Island's Rep. David Tarnas, who serves as House Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs Committee chair, and Sen. Karl Rhoads, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, attended the bill signing along with collaborators, including retired judge Daniel Foley, who served as Chair of the Commission to Improve Standards of Conduct; Robert Harris, executive director of the State Ethics Commission; Kristin Izumi-Nitao, executive director of the Campaign Spending Commission, and Janet Mason, member of the League of Women Voters of Hawaiʻi Legislative Committee, among others. Here are the bills signed into law:
HB90, Relating to committee fundraisers: Amends the definition of "fundraiser" under Election Laws to include all functions held for the benefit of candidates, candidate committees, and noncandidate committees, regardless of the price or suggested contribution for attending the function. The aim is to further public transparency and improve public confidence in campaigns by requiring a notice of intent to hold a fundraiser for which any price is charged or any contribution is suggested for attendance.
HB130, HD1, Relating to validation of ballots: Shortens the deadline for the validation of ballots following an election. The aim is to align the deadline by which voters must cure any deficiency with the return envelope with the deadline for the county election divisions to validate ballots.
HB137, HD1, Relating to lobbyists: Beginning 1/1/2025, requires the statement of expenditures filed by
lobbyists and other persons who engage in lobbying activities to include certain information on the identity of the legislative or administrative action that was commented on, supported by, or opposed by the person filing the statement during the statement period.
The aim is to provide greater transparency on lobbying activities by requiring specific information on the legislative or administrative action lobbied on, instead of a broad subject area.
HB140, Relating to record disposition: Provides the State Ethics Commission with the discretion to maintain or destroy records of financial disclosure statements beyond the current six-year statutory requirement. Applies retroactively to applicable disclosures that are in the Commission's possession and control.
HB142, Relating to gifts from lobbyists: Prohibits lobbyists from making gifts that are prohibited under state ethics law. Improves standards of conduct by prohibiting lobbyists from making certain gifts to legislators and state employees. The law lessens the number of situations where a legislator or state employee must refuse a prohibited gift.
|The Great Crack area of Hawai'i Volcanoes will receive a cleanup|
of old fencing on its boundary by helicopter in April. USGS photo