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Five Abercrombie Cabinet appointments await hearings

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Five of Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s Cabinet appointees are still awaiting Senate hearings and confirmation votes, months after most of them were nominated in December.

Acting Attorney General David Louie’s confirmation won’t be considered until next month, said Senate Judiciary Chairman Clayton Hee.

The Judiciary Committee will weigh acting Human Resources Development Director Sunshine Topping’s nomination Wednesday.

Loretta Fuddy was appointed acting Health Department Director last week, and her confirmation hearings haven’t been scheduled. She replaces Neal Palafox, whom Abercrombie removed without explanation.

Full Senate votes are pending for acting Department of Human Services Director Patricia McManaman and acting Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism Director Richard Lim.

All of Abercrombie’s nominees have so far been confirmed by the Senate.

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