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Department of Hawaiian Home Lands seeks input on legislative package

The Maui News

The state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands is seeking beneficiary input for its 2023 legislative package.

Every year, the department prepares and submits legislative proposals for inclusion in the Governor’s administrative package for the next session of the Hawaii State Legislature.

DHHL is seeking good public policy proposals that address DHHL’s operations, programs, regulations, processes, budget and/or resources and must create a benefit or an advantage for the department, the trust or trust beneficiaries, or otherwise correct a deficiency, according to a DHHL news release.

Authors of proposals should keep in mind that amendments to the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, 1920, require review by the U.S. Department of the Interior and may require the consent of Congress prior to implementation.

Staff will review and evaluate all proposals and determine which will be submitted for the governor’s consideration. The proposals will go through an approval process by the Hawaiian Homes Commission ahead of submission. Proposals not submitted to the governor may be introduced independently of the administrative package.

Beneficiaries may submit proposals by visiting dhhl.ha waii.gov/government-relations and filling out the web form. All proposals must be submitted by Aug. 1.

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