The Hawaii Tribune-Herald has this item on legislation that was inspired by frustrated reporters trying to cover the Puna lava flow. Excerpt:

A bill, deferred twice by the chair of a House committee, has been resurrected via a little political baseball.

It wasn’t exactly “gut-and-replace,” as nothing was actually taken out. Rather, Sen. Lorraine Inouye, D-Hilo, described it as a “Christmas tree.”

Last week, at Inouye’s request, the state Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs (PSM) amended a House bill aimed at mitigating hazardous situations by inserting word-for-word language from a separate measure which sought to ease restrictions on news media covering events, such as the June 27 lava flow.

And it did it to a bill sponsored by none other than the very House representative who refused to give the media access measure a hearing. …

House Bill 1344 was introduced by Rep. Gregg Takayama, a Pearl City Democrat.

The Tribune-Herald reports that Takayama called Inouye’s amendment a “bit of a stretch,” and said he continues to oppose it.

The amendment language was taken from Inouye’s Senate Bill 533 and from its companion House Bill 592, both of which Takayama chose not to move out his Committee on Public Safety.

Members from the Task Force Response Army and Air National Guard personnel stand at road block at Pahoa Village Road and Post Office Road only allowing residents that live in the area passage. No media are allowed within this road blocked areas.  30 October 2014. photo Cory Lum

National Guard members stand at a road block at Pahoa Village Road and Post Office Road in 2014. No media were allowed past the road-blocked areas.

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