Hawaii Reapportionment Panel Spent $600,000 on Invalidated Plan

Nanea Kalani/Civil Beat

The state Reapportionment Commission spent more than $600,000 on redistricting plans that have since been invalidated by the Hawaii Supreme Court, a Civil Beat review of the commission's expenses shows.

The costs are expected to increase as the panel regroups Friday to come up with new political boundaries in compliance with the high court's ruling.

Ruling in two separate lawsuits, the court said the Hawaii Constitution "expressly mandates" that only permanent residents be counted. The commission produced plans that excluded only a portion of military service members, their families and students who are not permanent Hawaii residents from the state's population count.

The commission spent more than half its budget — $351,722 — on a consultant that handled mapping and demographic analysis, according to the Civil Beat review of the expenses. The commission hired a company called Esri, which basically provided the computer software to build the redistricting maps.

Any additional expenses are expected to stay within the budget approved by lawmakers for the work, according to David Rosenbrock, reapportionment project manager. Legislators approved a $664,430 budget for reapportionment last session.

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