Lawmakers mull pleas for disaster fund

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers are preparing for a series of requests and proposals to help fund disaster-recovery efforts following a run of storms, wildfires and eruptive volcanic activity.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports a release Saturday by the state House says Hawaii County officials have asked the Legislature to convene a special session to address funding for recovery efforts related to the Kilauea volcano eruption.

House Majority Leader Della Belatti says such a discussion should be more inclusive of other recovery efforts, including those related to wildfires, flooding and other storm-related damages.

The release says House lawmakers have encouraged Hawaii County to further refine its recovery plans to identify specific needs, to work with Gov. David Ige to identify funds that can be used for immediate recovery needs and coordinate with Hawaii’s federal delegation to apply for anticipated federal disaster relief.