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Candidates open to federal shipping changes

Aiona would seek an exemption to the Jones Act; Hannemann would host talks on the issue

By Derrick DePledge

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 23, 2014

~~<p>Former Lt. Gov. James &quot;Duke&quot; Aiona said Friday that he is open to a Hawaii exemption to the Jones Act, the federal maritime law that protects the domestic shipping industry from foreign competition, hoping that the change will help lower the state's high cost of living.</p>
<p>The Republican candidate for governor said he would work with Alaska, Guam and Puerto Rico to urge Congress to grant states and territories exemptions to the federal law, specifically the provision that requires ships that move goods between United States ports be American made.</p>
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Former Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona said Friday that he is open to a Hawaii exemption to the Jones Act, the federal maritime law that protects the domestic shipping industry from foreign competition, hoping that the change will help lower the state's high cost of living.

The Republican candidate for governor said he would work with Alaska, Guam and Puerto Rico to urge Congress to grant states and territories exemptions to the federal law, specifically the provision that requires ships that move goods between United States ports be American made. Login for more...



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