HONOLULU (AP) - The state Supreme Court has ruled that the state law allowing the Hawaii Superferry to operate while an environmental study is being conducted is unconstitutional.
The court sent the case back to Circuit Court, leaving the fate of the Superferry's service in question.
The Legislature passed the law during a special session in November 2007.
It allowed the Superferry to resume operations between Oahu and Maui in December 2007 while the state conducted an environmental impact statement for the service.
The Sierra Club, Maui Tomorrow and the Kahului Harbor Coalition had argued the law was unconstitutional because it was targeted to benefit just one entity, the Superferry.