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Council to hear Koke‘e input tomorrow

The Kaua‘i Community Advisory Council will hear public comments on legislative bills that are currently being reviewed by Gov. Linda Lingle’s administration, a news release says.

The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., tomorrow, at the Moikeha Building Meeting Room 2A-2B, 4444 Rice St., Lihu‘e.

The focus will be on a bill relating to the Koke‘e recreational residences that requires the state to negotiate directly with existing leaseholders. It also establishes a Koke‘e State Park Advisory Council.

Bills passed by the state Legislature are currently undergoing a comprehensive review process by the Lingle-Aiona Administration, which includes soliciting input from the public.

The governor must give 10 days notice, deadline June 23, to the Legislature of any bills she is considering vetoing.

She must take action on all bills by July 8. Any bills not signed or vetoed will automatically become law without the governor’s signature.

Lingle created community advisory councils to give the Neighbor Islands a stronger voice in state government.

The Kaua‘i Community Advisory Council holds monthly public meetings to seek community input and advise the governor of important issues, public priorities and recommendations for state boards and commissions.

The members of the council are James Anakalea, Stewart Burley, Linda Collins, Vilamor Galiza, James Itamura, Maka‘ala Ka‘aumoana, Barbara Smith, Matt Takata (chair) and Leo Trinidad.

Anyone needing an auxiliary aid or service (e.g., sign language interpreter, large print materials) should call the governor’s office at 808-274-3100 at least seven working days before the meeting for arrangements to be made.

For more information on Neighbor Islands community advisory councils, visit the governor’s Web site at www.hawaii.gov/gov.

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