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House leadership could discuss censure of Hanohano this week

By Associated Press


The top thing to watch for this week in the Hawaii state Legislature is what didn't notably happen last week: a promised meeting among House leadership to discuss possible censure of Rep. Faye Hanohano.

The Democrat representing Puna stirred controversy with apparent dismissive and hostile remarks to a college student at a public hearing and to Department of Land and Natural Resources staffers, as described in a letter from that department's head, William Aila, to House Speaker Joseph Souki. So far, no investigative or disciplinary meetings have been scheduled. That's expected to change.

Here are five other things to watch for this week at the statehouse:

>> Smoking and solar: Grab seats early to the Senate Ways and Means Committee hearing on Wednesday morning. Several of the most contentious bills of the session so far will be up, including measures to jack up taxes on electronic smoking devices and to ban flavored tobacco products. Another bill would compel a public utility meeting on updating the electric grid to better incorporate home-generated solar power. These bills attracted large, passionate crowds to earlier committee hearings.

>> Industrial hemp: The University of Hawaii would undertake a two-year research project on industrial hemp under a Senate bill (SB 2175) in committee on Tuesday. The aim would be to use the fast-growing plant to improve soil made toxic by agricultural chemicals.

>> Health Connector: Stakeholders will offer recommendations on the fate of the Hawaii Health Connector in an informational session Wednesday. Relevant state agencies, insurers and other advocates are all slated to attend.

>> Mandatory kindergarten: House Bill 14 to make kindergarten mandatory for 5-year-olds in Hawaii comes before the House Finance Committee.

>> State microbe: Seemingly picayune, but unexpectedly poetic, is the effort to enshrine a state microbe via SB3124, which goes before the Senate Technology Committee on Tuesday. The bioluminescent bacterium Vibrio fischeri enables the finger-sized Hawaiian bobtail squid to emit light as it hunts at night, camouflaging the shadow the squid casts in moonlight.

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WhyBother wrote:
House leadership holding house members accountable? Ha.
on February 24,2014 | 04:30AM
newsroom1 wrote:
First Hanohano should take a class in anger management, then she should REALLY "mihi" and then she should step down and make room for someone who would beter reflect the "aloha" spirit. Pau already lady!
on February 24,2014 | 04:42AM
Slow wrote:
Maybe Faye Hanohano could be both censured and nominated as the state microbe.
on February 24,2014 | 05:50AM
kispest wrote:
Get rid of her and elect someone with class and Aloha.
on February 24,2014 | 06:24AM
boshio wrote:
Did Hanahano tell the truth concerning her qualifications at campaign time that got her elected? Or is she also a fraud.
on February 24,2014 | 08:15AM
McCully wrote:
Since this is Hahahano second strike, I wonder if Souki has the guts to do anything.
on February 24,2014 | 06:41AM
boshio wrote:
He better, or, he may be gone too.
on February 24,2014 | 08:12AM
Sandybeach wrote:
Ms. Hanohano is really a very straight forward decision. Illegal aliens that are kept in slavery by the State of Hawaii in favor of the Long Line Fishing industry seems to miss the cut. Speak of the House Souki...speak to Karl Rhoades about the slave labor that is sanctioned by the Department of Harbors (Mr. Davis Yogi) and the DLNR. Rhoades knows the entire story. It is heart breaking to see what is happening. Slaves still kept in America using State money and security guards.
on February 24,2014 | 06:46AM
false wrote:
There is a lot of cleaning up to do this coming election. Problem is, is the public willing to vote some ( or a lot) of new blood in? Its all up to you my friends out there. Here is an opportunity that won't come for at least another 2 years. Don't blow it this time.
on February 24,2014 | 09:27AM
false wrote:
State Microbe? I wonder which Einstein thought of that one?
on February 24,2014 | 09:21AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I thought Neil was the State microbe. Or virus.
on February 24,2014 | 09:39AM
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