At the press availability Thursday, Souki was asked whether HB 2501 was special legislation.
“Of course not,” he said chuckling. “Why do you ask that question?”
The speaker explained that the bill went “way beyond” A&B in that it involved other companies, communities in Upcountry Maui and agricultural land in Central Maui. He called the measure “a fair allocation of water for all parties … That’s all it is.”
Souki said he would run for re-election but would not “presume” that his House colleagues would select him for another term as speaker.
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