Every day, I’m scouring the Internet for land use and environmental news from around the state and around the world that means something for us here in Hawaii. Noteworthy today: Lingle’s potential veto list and a lawsuit for Maui’s water.Gov. Lingle yesterday announced her list of 39 potential vetoes. None of the juiciest ones were related to land use or the environment, but there were a couple of lesser bills that could be vetoed:
House Bill 921 was put on the list because it “complicates the transfer of 999-year homestead leases.” House Bill 1015 could be vetoed because it “creates ambiguities in the law” related to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. House Bill 2583 because it “violates the Hawaii State Constitution” by allowing the state to seize shark-feeding tour vessels. Senate Bill 2001 because it “revers(es) the state’s commitments to job creating businesses and their investors” by repealing the High-Tech Tax Credit eight months early. Senate Bill 2951 because it “discourages the use of public land for valid and necessary public purposes” by providing compensation for agricultural lessees who are kicked out.
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A Maui Department of Health official says field burning should be limited to 75 acres or less at a time.
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Micronesians are leaving their island homes in search of better lives in the U.S., and many are coming to Hawaii.
Honolulu’s mayor gets many small gifts from individuals with interest in city business. Municipal ethics rules don’t seem to prohibit the largesse.
Louis Kealoha and his wife ask a judge to stop the city Ethics Commission from investigating them over the case of a missing mailbox.
The Kauai Good Neighbor Program could go statewide by the year’s end, but food-safety advocates say mandatory regulations are needed.
A local coalition currently receives $9.8 million in federal funding, but a new rule penalizes areas seen as criminalizing homelessness.
A former employee of Ansaldo Honolulu JV claims a lack of safety oversight could result in hazardous conditions and liability.
The state wants soil testing done, and it’s also asking a federal agency to help determine if there are health risks at the base in Kaneohe.
For years, county liquor commissions have controlled dancing in bars and restaurants where alcohol is served. Now they have to define what it is.
Members whose terms expired in June stay on to keep the council running as they wait — and wait — for Gov. David Ige to make new appointments.
The head of Hawaiian Electric Co. talks about Hawaii’s 2045 renewable energy goals and how unique conditions help keep the islands’ power bills so high.
When belongings are confiscated instead of trashed, Honolulu’s retrieval process is too expensive and cumbersome for many.
The Center for Food Safety sought emails between legislators and seed companies. It’s appealing the denials to the Office of Information Practices.
If the sign isn’t removed, a group demands more signs, including one saying, “There is no god … We have each other.”
A legal clinic trying to exonerate those who have been wrongfully convicted has new leadership that’s hoping to free more innocent people.
As the sun finally overpowered the clouds, some visitors couldn’t resist venturing a little farther out on Oahu’s southeast shores than safety officials would prefer.
Hawaii Gov. David Ige and the EPA praise a new agreement to fix the underground storage tanks, but critics say it’s not enough.
The Public Utilities Commission hears a lot about alternative utility ownership models, but little about a proposed sale of Hawaiian Electric Industries.