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Campaign Spending Commission - Fair Campaingn Practices (Jean Aoki)
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Education Committee (Mary Anne Raywid)
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Judiciary Study Committee (Jean Aoki)
Violence Prevention Committee (Suzanne Meisenzahl)
League Local News - Hawaii County (Virginia Isbell)
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League Local News - Kauai (Carol Bain)
Latest Edition of LWVUS Pub "Choosing the President"
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Bills to Create a Safer Hawaii
Next Millennium Conference: Ending Domestic Violence (Suzanne Meisenzahl)
Campaign Finance Reform (Laure Dillon)

League Local News - Honolulu

On the environmental front we are still battling with HECO about underground wires. It was felt by the committee that this is no longer a neighborhood issue, but an island and statewide issue. Overhead wires are a serious visual pollutant, especially in a state dependent on its beauty to attract tourists. Irate citizens feel it would be better to await deregulation and newer technology which is on the horizon. In the meantime HECO is rewriting their environmental impact statement in light of the rejection, but few doubt they will continue to press for overhead lines.

The Planning and Zoning committee is monitoring the latest revision of the Land Use Ordinances.

League continues to work on the Citizens Advisory Committee of OMPO and recently received a Certificate of Appreciation for its participation. We continue to work for an expanded bus service.

League has also testified in the City Council's review of the property tax structure for residences. We recommend a reduction or elimination of the home exemptions for wealthier homeowners.

Leaguers met to discuss Social Security and the recommended reforms. The recommendations of the group were within the guidelines of our National Policy, but were in favor of several of the suggestions of the National Commission. We were not in favor, however of any form of privatizing social security or any reduction of the cost of living adjustments.

Honolulu is gearing up for the legislative session next January by contacting all members and engendering their support when specific issues come up. There is now a functioning e-mail tree and a phone tree for alerts. It is also broken down to representative districts so we can zero in on specific legislators if necessary. It would be even more useful if the neighbor islands also had a phone or e-mail tree for lobbying.

Grace Furukawa

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