December 19, 2010

Public comments for Acts 179 thru 189 are catalogued and uploaded

Filed under: Hawaii State Politics — Doug @ 11:24 am

At this point, I estimate that I have dealt with about two-thirds of the records provided to me. This is another batch of records pertaining to legislation from 2009 that became law without the Governor’s signature. The document index continues to expand (over 4300 rows, cataloguing 2056 records!), but the end of my task, finally, is in sight.

This batch of records comprises comments on legislation relating to the following topics: tort claims against public utilities, telecommunications de-regulation, electronics recycling, renewing liquor licenses of tax delinquent businesses [Next Door and Jacques North Shore Bistro have particularly vocal followers, or so it would seem], establishing preferential rates for renewable energy produced by agricultural producers, physician orders for life-sustaining treatment, the use of airport revenue to apply for a FAA spaceport license, and a contentious bill about how lease rents are to be set by arbitration [which led to a flood of comments from employees of GP Roadway Solutions].

As ever, to look at any particular document, point your browser to
[substituting the asterisks with the four-digit document number you want, using leading zeros as needed]. For example, here is the link to view the first page of this latest batch of public comments. REMINDER: all of the contents of this site (to include the uploaded documents) are published under a Creative Commons license. Please, respect the terms of that license.

Nothing too shocking in this batch. Or, I should say, nothing to shocking to a person like myself not intimately familiar with the legislation. Your mileage may vary.


  1. Interesting letter from Susan Char.

    I would assume that if Plaintiffs on Oahu can sue Hawaiian Electric, Public Utilities and state/county Government for car wrecks into utility poles… then the same would be said here on the Big Island with HELCO instead of HECO?

    Some of our HELCO and Utility poles are ridiculously close to our roads:


    Comment by damon — December 22, 2010 @ 6:34 pm

  2. @Damon Susan Char commented on many bills. Which particular comment are you speaking of?

    Comment by Doug — December 23, 2010 @ 4:27 am

  3. The one you have linked in your post:


    Comment by damon — December 23, 2010 @ 5:40 pm

  4. @Damon The bill that Char was opposing became law, but I’m not sure if it applies to your situation. That Act would apply only if the designer of the road was found less than 10% liable. If the designer of the road called for the poles and the roadway to be too close together, and the road was built per the design, then who is at fault? It could also depend on if the designer was constrained by limitations imposed by the utility or by the government. A jury (or judge) would decide.

    Comment by Doug — December 24, 2010 @ 4:37 am

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