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Civil Beat: Gay-straight alliance at schools across the stateUPDATED 7:08 AM HST Oct 09, 2013Video Transcript
President Obama's 2 C1 2 C1 It's been one week since President Obama's Affordable Health Care Law went into affect-- but Hawaii's Health Connector program STILL isn't up to speed. Hawaii lawmakers plan to address the issue during an all-day hearing at the state capitol today--- The state's insurance exchange website isn't allowing insurance companies to sell any of their plans... And people looking for health insurance can't see what options are available. The Hawaii Health Connector Executive among those expected to testify. Joining us in studio this morning is Civil Beat engagement editor, Gene Park. As the Legiar prepares f t. 28 ecial session to decide rriage equality, vocat pe this will ad to safer and more lerate learning vironments r udents, particularly i gh school. There are about 30 Gay-Straight liances in schools across the state, with out 500 members. rriton High School s beeaoted leader tolerancend ceptance. Mara uality proponents hope eegalization of me-sex marriage would courage more youth to me out earlier in life. ponents like the Hawaii ristian Coalition say it would create unhealthy enviroessaying that ports of buli LGBT students are inflated d at the special session uld only serve a few. itusut, a recent llup svey showed 5 rcent of Hawaii identifyinthemselves as BT, second in the tion only to Washington, D. In 2009, two Honulu police officers were arrested on drug charges in Las Vegas involving marijuana. Officers Shayne Souza and Kevin Fujioka were eventually convicted on charges stemming from the incident but only Souza lost his job. Fujioka was initially fired by the Honolulu Police Department. But he was recently reinstated after Hawaii's police union pushed back against his termination. But in Hawaii, most of the disciplinary process for officers has been kept off limits to the public since 1995, when the police union convinced lawmakers to shield officers from public scrutiny. It's difficult for the public to examine the facts and circumstances behind police misconduct and whether it's being dealt with effectively and fairly. The lack of public disclosure allows SHOPO to operate out of public sight and allows arbitrators who have varying degrees of tolerance for police misconduct to make decisions unchecked. ) Legislative action that would increase Kauai's oversight of pesticide use is delayed after Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho testified yesterday that the county lacks the money and staff to implement the far-reaching measure. He said he needs about $1.3 million by July next year. The Kauai mayor said he would be seeking help from the state, which council members for its lax oversight. But Carvalho feels confident the county's needs would be met after he recently had a meeting with Gov. Neil Abercrombie and officials with the Department of Agriculture. This angered backers of the bill, who feel confident that it could still pass on Tuesday with enough council support to fend off the mayor's possible veto. Already people are camping out at the Kaui County Building ahead of Tuesday's council meeting.