Category Archives: Legislation

Hawaii State Association of Counties Lobby for greater share of TAT

Chair White on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, joined the Hawaii State Association of Counties in lobbying the Hawaii State Legislature for a greater share of the Transient Accommodations Tax. Chair White speaking with the media on the issue: Read more … Continue reading

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Council-Manager Form of Government on PIA Agenda

What is happening on Monday, June 27? On Monday, June 27, the Council’s Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, chaired by Councilmember Michael Victorino will meet to discuss a variety of proposed charter amendments, including PIA-10(16), which proposes to change the structure … Continue reading

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FY 2017 Budget Highlights

I am pleased to report, after meeting nearly every day for a month, the Maui County Council’s Budget and Finance Committee passed a $659.5 million fiscal year 2017 budget, which was signed into law by the mayor. It will take … Continue reading

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Update on Maui County homeless issues

Late last year, the council conducted two special meetings at the request of the mayor in response to Gov. David Ige’s emergency declaration on homelessness.  Subsequently, Arakawa transmitted five bills to establish new criminal laws.  There are policy and constitutional … Continue reading

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Supporting H.B. 1671 H.D. in House Finance Committee – TAT for counties

Councilmember White submitted written and oral testimony to the House Committee on Finance in support of House Bill 1671, House Draft 1, relating to Transient Accomodations Tax which was heard on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. This legislation removes the current … Continue reading

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Support for H.B. 1671 – Hotel room tax revenues for counties

On Monday, February 3, 2014, the House Committee on Tourism will hear House Bill 1671.  Introduced by Maui Representatives Souki, Carroll, Ing, McKelvey, Woodson and Yamashita, it proposes to remove the current cap on the transient accommodations tax (TAT) revenues … Continue reading

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Chair’s 3 Minutes: Appointing the county auditor – Fulfilling a charter mandate

This column appeared in the Sunday, June 9, 2013 edition of The Maui News. ================= Chair’s 3 Minutes: Appointing the county auditor – Fulfilling a charter mandate June 9, 2013 By MIKE WHITE , for The Maui News The voters of … Continue reading

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Maui County Charter Amendments & State Constitutional Amendments

The Maui County Clerk has posted descriptions of the Charter Amendments and State Constitutional Amendments that will appear on the General Election Ballot.  CLICK HERE to view the Charter Amendment questions as it will appear on the ballot. CLICK HERE to view … Continue reading

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Alcohol Prohibitions in Certain County Parks

The Economic Development, Agriculture and Recreation Committee today, unanimously approved revisions that will will expand alcohol prohibitions in certain County parks.  Councilmember White introduced the bill in response to the community’s desire for youth attending school or participating in sports and … Continue reading

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Maui Island Plan Vote on Lipoa Point/Honolua Bay

At the General Plan Committee meeting of August 2, 2012 I, along with Councilmember Gladys Baisa, Danny Mateo, Michael Victorino and Joseph Pontanilla, voted to maintain the agricultural designation of approximately 139 acres out of 270 acres owned by Maui … Continue reading

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