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The Holiday season opens tonight at the Hawaii County Building in Hilo with the first in a series of musical events through Dec. 20. File photo.

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  • Lorraine Inouye

    This is none of the worst “gut and replace” bills I have ever seen. To undermine a law, entirely supported by past governors and former leaderships in both houses, protecting our precious environment of these special islands is a disaster to come.
    It is a sad day when our present elected officials even consider “hearing” this measure.
    The language that included giving the same discretionary authorty to the counties was deleted from this current bill. It’ll be interesting to know why?

    I hope that our county will appear with testimony to object. The SMA permitting system has been in place since I was serving on the county Planning Commission in the ’70s, which allows the county sole discretion in the approval process. And hopefully it stays that way.
    I am sure former Governor George Ariyoshi is very upset with our legislators as he was the leader of good and sound planning for our state and its future.

    Pray that this bill is put to its death..

    Lorraine Inouye
    Former State Senator and Mayor