Today’s Hawaii News 06/27/2019

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Ige signs voting bills that were a top priority for legislature this year
Gov. David Ige signed into law Tuesday afternoon bills establishing an all-mail voting system starting with the 2020 elections along with others mandating automatic recounts in close races. He also signed a bill that allows for ballots to be electronically transmitted for voters with special needs. Civil Beat.

Hawai‘i’s longline fishery could soon be allowed to catch 18 million pounds of tuna
The large jump in catch limits would come next year under a recommendation adopted Wednesday by the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council. That’s more than double the limit set by the international body that regulates fishing in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean, but they skirt that by allocating the additional catch to U.S. Pacific island territories.Civil Beat. 

New law will cover all teachers’ license fees
New and untenured teachers in Hawaiʻi will no longer have to pay a $54 annual licensing fee thanks to the governor’s recent signing of House Bill 1070 into law. Act 116 appropriates $1.3 million in annual funding for at least the next two years to the Hawaiʻi Teacher Standards Board, the licensing entity for Hawaiʻi teachers, counselors and librarians since 2003. Civil Beat.

Tulsi Gabbard keys on anti-war message in  democratic debate
U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard again issued her dire warning of a new war looming in the Middle East during her first national prime-time debate with nine of the other Democratic presidential candidates on Wednesday, and her campaign issued a bulletin criticizing the format of the forum even before it was over.Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat.

Gabbard’s debate performance seems to have turned some heads
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard only spoke for about seven and a half minutes total, but her responses were enough to gain her some impressive traction online. Hawaii News Now.

220 mayors to attend conference in Waikīkī
More than 220 mayors from across the United States will gather at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort this weekend to share ideas about how to make their cities better.Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Mainland mayors face backlash for business trip to Honolulu
The criticism highlights a longstanding perception problem Hawaiʻi has in attracting conferences and conventions. Civil Beat.

Hawaiian Airlines flight attendants hit the picket lines at Honolulu airport
The flight attendants have been in contract negotiations with the airlines for over two years now. Some of the employees are getting restless, saying it has been two years too long. Among their demands: Pay raises, retirement benefits, and keeping the protections their contract already provides. Hawaii News Now.Honolulu Star-Advertiser. KITV.

The Residence at Sky Ala Moana
Located in the heart of the Ala Moana/Kapiolani corridor, the Residences at Sky Ala Moana is projected to be completed by 2022 and will soar 400 feet into Honolulu’s vibrant and dynamic skyline… read more.
With closing arguments complete, jurors in Kealoha “mailbox trial” begin deliberationsClosing arguments in the closely-watched public corruption case against the Kealohas wrapped up Wednesday, and the case is now in the hands of jurors. The jury spent Wednesday morning hearing from the two final defense attorneys before the government addressed them again to issue a strong rebuttal.Hawaii News Now. Civil Beat. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawai‘i Public Radio.

Hawai‘i Supreme Court: Boards must prove privacy interest to close meetings
Hawaiʻi’s boards and commissions may have less power to move public meetings behind closed doors after a ruling by the state Supreme Court Wednesday in a case involving meetings about former Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha’s $250,000 retirement package.The high court ruled in a 59-page opinion Wednesday that boards and commissions are not required by law to close meetings to discuss personnel matters. Civil Beat.

Hawai‘i Attorney General: Rehab center ignored promised reforms for 2 years
The director of Sand Island Treatment Center reportedly did not pay back part of his excessive salary for two years because he was “distracted.” Civil Beat.

Lawsuit alleges child abuse, cover-up at Kroc Center in Kapolei
The parents of a former preschool student on Oʻahu have sued the Kroc Center and at least one former teacher at the institution over allegations of child neglect and physical abuse. Hawaii News Now.

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