GUEST POST: Senate supporters of A&B planning to act on Tuesday to resurrect water theft bill, HB1326 HD2

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When business cannot be trusted to do the right thing, we have to ensure government intervenes to protect the public, not corporate interests. The courts have told A & B that they had no right to sell water that was not theirs in the first place. These repeated attempts to get around that ruling through the legislature are obscene.

As Senator Kahele pointed out: A&B….should have had no right to put the public’s trust resources in your contract…those waters, those rivers were not yours to put in your contract, and that is not this legislature’s kuleana to get involved in that transaction.”
But A & B seems determined to keep trying. So, if you have not got involved yet, please do.
Please email or call your senator and ask them to kill HB 1326 HD2.

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All hands on deck. 

As expected the power and political muscle of A&B will not easily be letting go of their $62,000,000 and our water. 

Civil Beat is reporting:

“Some senators want to help A&B.  Now, sources say leadership in the House of Representatives is pressuring their counterparts in the Senate to force a floor vote on the bill Tuesday.” 

Yes, this is an outrageous attempt to subvert the process and put the interests of the moneyed and the powerful ahead of the public.

Pulling a matter out of committee to force a floor vote is an extraordinary tactic that I have seen attempted only once in the 8 years I served in the Hawaii State Senate.  

Extreme pressure is now being put on each and every Senator to “toe the line” with the House and Senate leadership who desire to pass HB1326 HD2, and…

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