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3:42 p.m. Redistricting Panel Now Big Island-Friendly
The state’s Reapportionment Panel is pau with its work for the day, with no decisions made.
One agenda item — discussion of the population base and the inclusion or exclusion of nonresident students and military — was moved to executive session. Chair Victoria Marks said after the meeting she wouldn’t discuss the advice the board got from its attorney.
The Big Island is still hungry for a fourth Senate seat, and having a voice on the panel won’t necessarily fix that. Former state Republican Party chief Dylan Nonaka tells Capitol Watch that as of last week he’s officially a Hawaii County resident once again.
He made an appearance before the Hawaii County Reapportionment Advisory Council, which hasn’t looked too kindly on the commission’s decisions. Big Island Video News was there — check out their coverage here.
2:28 p.m. State to Pursue New ‘Race to the Top’ Grants
Neil Abercrombie told the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services that the state will be applying for the new “Race to the Top: Early Learning Challenge” grant competition.
The governor has made early childhood “a top priority of his administration,” according to a press release.
The federal money would be used to increase the number of low-income and disadvantaged kids in learning programs, and help with health and developmental needs to improve school readiness.
Meeting: Honolulu Harbor
State Harbors Division will be holding public meetings to discuss the EIS for the proposed redevelopment of Honolulu Harbor’s former-Kapalama Military Reservation.
The plan is to turn the land, located off Sand Island Access Road, into a new 70-acre container terminal to handle current and projected cargo volumes.
The meetings are at Puuhale Elementary School (345 Puuhale Road) at 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
The 2011 Reapportionment Commission is scheduled to meet this afternoon at the Capitol.
The agenda includes the touchy topic of whether to count the military as part of the voting population. Some Big Islanders say the move would rob them of a new state Senate seat.
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Adienne LaFrance is living and reporting on Hawaii’s congressional delegation and other Hawaiian-kine stuff from D.C.