This year’s newcomers come from all over the political spectrum, and a variety of issues inspired them to run.
Chairman Ernie Martin convinced his colleagues to hear the bill one day after it was introduced. A minimum six-day notice is required.
Two measures from Kirk Caldwell targeting homeless people in public places receive initial approval.
UPDATE: All four county police chiefs also switched positions on the bill, according to Honolulu Chief Susan Ballard.
The existing bans for sidewalks in business areas are insufficient to address public homelessness, the Honolulu mayor said.
In many other states, pamphlets with information about candidates and issues on the ballot are sent to voters before an election.