December 2009 Home   Newsletters

May 2010

President's Message
LWVHC Runs Charter School Conversion Election (Sue Irvine)
Testimony on County Code of Ethics (Helen Hemmes)
Members Approve Dues Increase (Donna Oba)
Update: Charter Article 15 - Initiation of Amendments and Revisions (Sue Dursin)
Vote Counts in West Hawaii (Marian Wilkins)
LWV Hawaii County Annual General Meeting 4-10-10 (Margaret Drake)
Update: Hawaii County Charter Commission (Sue Dursin)
LWVHC By-Law Amendments - Adopted April 10, 2010
Update on Act 244: Comprehensive Public Campaign Funding (Sue Dursin)
2010 Election Calendar
State and National Conventions
Anti-Gambling Results (Sue Dursin)

Anti-Gambling Results

In February, two bills strongly supported by gambling interests came up for public hearing at the Legislature. After lively testimony and discussion, both bills were deferred.

Along with the Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling and other community and native Hawaiian groups, LWV’s Jean Aoki testified against the measures. John Radcliffe, an industry spokesperson from Michigan, spoke in favor of the bills, saying the casinos would generate jobs and increased revenue for the state.

One bill would have permitted a single casino in a county with more than 500,000 residents. The second would have allowed casinos on Hawaiian Homelands. As it turned out, both bills were dead. Nor did other gambling bills come forward.

Thinking that new bills may be introduced in the 2011 session, however, Hawaii County Councilperson Brenda Ford introduced Resolution 309-10 on April 7. This resolution puts the Hawaii County Council on record as opposing legalized gambling in the state. The resolution passed 5-4 on April 21. The Hawaii County Council thus joins the Kauai, Maui, and Honolulu County Councils in stating their opposition. The resolution remains in force at the legislature for three years.

Sue Dursin

December 2009 Top   Home   Newsletters