Hawaii State News, afternoon edition, 25 Jan 2019

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Planning for building of TMT begins
State and county law enforcement officials have started planning for how they aim to allow construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea without protester interference. Representatives from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, UH and state attorney general’s office representing the Department of Public Safety, briefed senate committees on project updates Thursday.  Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. Tribune-Herald.Big Island Video News.

Hawaiian leaders denounce OHA attack
A group of prominent Native Hawaiian leaders gathered Thursday morning to speak out against the 13 men who stormed the Office of Hawaiian Affairs offices last week. Kuhio Lewis, CEO of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, read a statement on behalf of the group, which included kumu hula, academics, educators and well-respected community leaders Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. Maui Now.KHON2.

Legislature’s ‘gut and replace’ tactics upheld in court
A Hawaii judge today rejected a lawsuit challenging the state Legislature’s tactic of passing bills that have been stripped of their original content and replaced with entirely different details. The League of Women Voters of Honolulu and Common Cause Hawaii sued the state last month, saying the practice didn’t give the public a proper chance to weigh in on legislation. Star-Advertiser.

Chief justice seeks funding for new judges on Oahu, Kauai and Maui
Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald is asking state lawmakers to fund four additional judges, including a new District Court judge on Oahu to help handle a surge in drunken driving cases over the past decade. Star-Advertiser.

9 things to know about Tulsi Gabbard
Tulsi Gabbard, the four-term Democratic representative from Hawaii, has ended months of speculation by formally declaring her candidacy for the 2020 presidential election. Civil Beat. Associated Press. KITV.

Governor proposes hefty hikes to gas tax, vehicle registration fees
Governor Ige is pushing for significant increases to fuel taxes and vehicles registration fees to provide more money for state highways. The state DOT has argued that these taxes are lower than in other states and needed to adequately maintain highway infrastructure. Officials also said that more efficient cars are cutting the amount of money the state gets from the gas tax. Hawaii News Now. Tribune-Herald.

Hawaii public housing programs weathering the shutdown so far
Thousands of families who rely on housing vouchers in Hawaii will have their rents paid through February despite the federal government shutdown, city and state officials said. But if the longest shutdown in history drags into March, the counties may need to rely on their own coffers to ensure landlords get paid. Civil Beat.

Firearms open carry: Consequences for Hawaii
Hawaii’s firearms law was declared unconstitutional by a federal appeals court last year. That ruling is currently being appealed. The 9th U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in favor of plaintiff George K. Young, Jr. of Hilo. Young argued that state law is too restrictive because it prevents law-abiding citizens from carrying a firearm for self-defense.  Hawaii Public Radio.

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Russ Roberts