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Akaka Bill: now what

A bill in this year’s Hawaii State Legislature relating to [Hawaiian] government—brackets are mine—is moving fast, I learned today, now headed for the House Finance committee and the Senate Ways and Means committee. It is H.B. No. 1627 H.D. 2 and the companion S.B. No. 1520 S.D.2.

Critics call it “the ‘Jr.-Boy Akaka bill’  offshoot (modified for implementation by the State instead of the Federal government).”

As of Wednesday, the Senate Ways and Means Committee has scheduled a public decision making for Feb. 25, 2011, 9:00 a.m. in conference room 211, State Capitol.

To read and track the bills and to submit testimony, go to:

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2011/lists/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=1627

and

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2011/lists/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=1520

The committee chairs are:

Rep. Marcus R. Oshiro
Chair House Finance Committee
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 306
phone: 808-586-6200
fax: 808-586-6201
repmoshiro@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Sen. David Y. Ige
Senate Ways and Means Committee
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 215
phone: 808-586-6230
fax: 808-586-6231
sendige@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Posted by Rebekah

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Akaka bill and Ka Lahui Hawaii position explained

The initial release of a position statement by the Ka Lahui Hawaii Working Group on the H.R. 2314 and S. 1011 Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009, is now posted on the Position Statements page of this website. It begins:

“The Ka Lahui Hawai`i Working Group declares its opposition to H.R. 2314 and S. 1011 – Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009, otherwise known as the Akaka Bill.  Since its inception in 1987, Ka Lahui Hawai`i has continuously advocated for federal recognition, however there are serious concerns with the process and current version of this bill.”

Citizens may familiarize themselves with the position statement. Citizens also may be interested in the following program sponsored by the Native Hawaiian Bar Association to become more informed:

An update on H.R. 2314, the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, known as the Akaka bill, and other Native Hawaiian issues will be the topic of The Native Hawaiian Bar Association Luncheon from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m., October 20, 2009, at Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, Ali`i Place 20th Floor, 1099 Alakea Street, Honolulu.

Hawaii Congressman Neil Abercrombie will be the speaker. Abercrombie is the sponsor of H.R. 2314 pending in the U.S. House of Representatives. Cost of an optional Hawaiian plate lunch is $10, payable at the door, starting at 11:45 a.m.  Please make reservations by emailing karenjones@hawaii.rr.com by October 15, 2009.

Please make checks for lunch payable to Native Hawaiian Bar Association. Send registration info and payment to: Law Office of Yuklin Aluli, 415-C Uluniu Street, Kailua, HI 96734, Attention: Karen Jones, Secretary. For more information, phone (808) 262-5900 or fax (808) 262-5610.

If you order lunch, you must pay whether or not you attend. As an option, you may bring your own lunch.