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5 more roundtable members split from group’s stance over civil-union bill veto

Five more Hawaii Business Roundtable members have distanced themselves from the organization’s call to Gov. Linda Lingle to veto the civil unions bill. 

The companies are: 

>> Alexander & Baldwin Inc., releasing a statement today that it did not participate in any discussion regarding House Bill 444; 

>> Foodland, which said to supporters that it had no part in asking for a veto of the bill;

>> Hawaii Pacific Health, which in a letter to civil union supporters said it does not endorse the letter; 

>> Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals Inc., who sent a letter to Lingle, citing the company’s policies on nondiscrimination; and

>> Kyo-ya Company LLC, which said in a letter to supporters and Lingle that it was “disappointed” with the letter opposing HB 444.

Roundtable Executive Director Gary K. Kai sent the request for veto to Lingle on June 4. He said last week that the executive committee stands by the letter. Also last week several members of the Roundtable said they did not support the letter. 

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