THE SENATE

S.C.R. NO.

49

TWENTY-FOURTH LEGISLATURE, 2008

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

SENATE CONCURRENT

RESOLUTION

 

 

requesting that the office of Hawaiian affairs and the ATTORNEY GENERAL, AS REPRESENTATIVE OF THE executive branch, conduct statewide informational hearings on the ceded landS trust settlement agreement.

 

 


     WHEREAS, on January 18, 2008, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the State's executive branch announced that they had reached a $200,000,000 settlement regarding ceded lands; and

 

     WHEREAS, the settlement must be approved by the Legislature, which was not privy to the negotiation of the settlement terms; and

 

     WHEREAS, the Legislature, as well as the public, have many questions regarding the terms of the settlement, including whether the terms of the settlement can be modified or amended and the effect of the settlement on future claims regarding ceded lands; and

 

     WHEREAS, the Legislature is concerned that the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the State's executive branch did not seek public input regarding the settlement before submitting it to the Legislature for approval; and

 

     WHEREAS, the Legislature has been informed that the Office of Hawaiian Affairs plans to conduct a public informational campaign that will include statewide meetings which are intended to inform its constituency about the settlement; and

 

     WHEREAS, the Legislature believes that the result of such a statewide public information campaign should include the reporting of findings and recommendations to the Legislature for its use in considering whether to approve the settlement; now, therefore,

 

     BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twenty-fourth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2008, the House of Representatives concurring, that the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the Attorney General, as the representative of the executive branch of the State, are requested to conduct statewide public informational meetings regarding the terms and conditions of the proposed ceded lands settlement; and

 

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the public informational meetings, at a minimum, shall be held as follows:  two meetings on Oahu, two meetings on the island of Hawaii, one meeting on Maui, and one meeting on Kauai.  In addition, public informational meetings shall be held in close proximity to Hawaiian Home Lands communities, including but not limited to, home land communities on Molokai and in Nanakuli or Waianae, and Waimanalo; and

 

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that public input and recommendations for changes regarding the proposed ceded lands settlement be accepted at the statewide public informational meetings; and

 

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the Attorney General are requested to submit a written report of their findings and recommendations, including recommendations for changes to the proposed ceded lands settlement, if any, to the Legislature no later than March 26, 2008; and

 

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the Attorney General, and the Governor of the State of Hawaii.

 

 

 

 

OFFERED BY:

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Report Title: 

Office of Hawaiian Affairs; Ceded Lands Settlement