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Kauai County board dismisses ethics complaint against councilman

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The Kauai County Board of Ethics is dismissing a complaint against Councilman KipuKai Kualii that claimed he violated conflict-of-interest rules.

The Garden Island reports that Kualii participated in a budget discussion in April involving funding for the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, which distributes federal money to the YWCA, where Kualii serves as the director of operations. The money comes in the form of crime victim assistance grants.

Board of Ethics Chairman Paul Weil said in a July 12 letter the board reviewed the complaint and rejected it after finding there wasn’t any basis for further action.

Kualii has said the county’s rules regarding conflicts of interest apply only to organizations’ boards of directors, and he wasn’t covered because he does not make policy decisions in his position.

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