President's Message: Hawaii Has the Most Apathetic Voter Turnout... (Maile Bay)
Redistricting Work Done (Jean Aoki)
Support for Voting for Incarcerated Felons (Dorothy Cornell)
How it Looks for Schools in the Legislature (Mary Anne Raywid)
Invitation: Saunders Hall Dedication
One Afternoon at the Legislature (Jean Aoki)
Ice (Marian Wilkins)
Campaign Finance Reform (HCE) (Laure Dillon)
Local League News - Big Island - Kona (Marian Wilkins)
Local League News - Big Island - Hilo (Alberta Lindsay)
Local League News - Honolulu (Pearl Johnson)
Local League News - Kauai (Carol Bain)
Lunch 'n' Learn the Law
Council Meeting May 18
Local League News - Big Island - Kona
Kona sponsored a special invitation luncheon followed by a public program on the gambling issue, January 11.
The program was put together in a matter of days when we learned that Tom Grey was able to be here as a speaker. We had been planning to have the program a few days later featuring Joanne Ralston. Ms. Ralston had written a very good "Viewpoint" piece for our local newspaper, West Hawaii Today. Her article focused on a seldom mentioned necessity of state sponsored gaming - regulating the industry.
Ms. Ralston asked who was going to oversee the gambling industry. She stated that it costs millions of dollars to regulate casinos. She also pointed out that in many areas Indian casinos are not well regulated at all. It can be so bad that they do not even have to have 52 cards in a deck. Some regulators have to give them 24 hours notice before they can check the slot or video game computers.
Since Ralston worked as a regulator liaison for a large corporation that owned casinos she was very familiar with all the details involved in running a clean operation. And even then, she stated, there will be problems.
The whole thing went very well, and we got some very good press coverage. Sue Dursin and Michele Wilkins both took videos. Sue edited them and they have been. given to both the Kona and Hilo public access channels.
The luncheon guest were our two speakers, moderator Marni Herkes, and several community leaders. Sue Dursin and George and Marian Wilkins hosted the luncheon for about twenty in all. After lunch we walked to a nearby meeting hall where about fifty people attended. We were actually surprised so many came to a meeting on a Friday afternoon at 2 p.m.
The Kona unit will be doing a vote count for the Waikoloa Village Association in March.