Possible Littering fines for the militaryUPDATED 9:16 AM HST Aug 28, 2013Video Transcript
And just how much a special session would cost to hear same sex marriage legislation. Just some of the stories you'll find in today's edition of Civil Beat Dot com. Joining us over skype is CIVIL- BEAT reporter, Chad Blair. So... We understand some state senators are proposing a lawsuit against the U-S Navy for not cleaning up after themselves on Kahoolawe. But they're getting serious -- 100-million dollars in fines? State Sen. Malama Solomon and other members of the Senate Water and Land Committee say the state should sue the U.S. Navy for roughly $100 million because it didn't clean up all the ordnance it dropped on the small island of Kahoolawe. At a hearing of the Senate Committee on Water and Land on Tuesday, Solomon, who chairs the committee, criticized the Navy for leaving Kahoolawe littered with weaponry. Ultimately, it's up to Gov. Neil Abercrombie http://www.civilbeat. com/topics/neil- abercr ombie/ to decide whether the state moves forward on a lawsuit, according to the attorney general's office. In 2004, that office determined that the state did indeed have a basis for a lawsuit, but former Gov. Linda Lingle chose not to pursue it, according to a representative from the AG's office who spoke at the hearing. A spokeswoman for the governor said it would be premature to comment on Abercrombie's position at this time. So many have called for the state gislature to hold eal session to hear glation on same sex rria. But as we all know acosts money. w much would it cost? A special session to hear same-sex marriage legislation would cost Hawaii taxpayers about $25,800 - or about $58 each for every man, woman and child in the state. taxpayers about $25,800 - or about $58 each for every man, woman and child in the state. The estimate is based on the woman and child in the state. The estimate is based on the per diem and air travel that would be necessary for neighbor island legislators. But the cost estimate assumes that a session would last just five days. The gay marriage issue is bound to be controversial and attract a lot of testimony. Past special sessions for the Hawaii Legislature have had mixed results. In 2007, lawmakers carved out an exemption to state law so that the Hawaii Superferry could sail without an environmental review. But the Hawaii Supreme Court later ruled the law was unconstitutional. A Honolulu city councilman is talking about reopening the Haiku Stairs in Kaneohe. But sneaking by the security guard is no longer the biggest obstacle. Now it's the $1 million insurance policy. City Councilman Joey Manahan wants to explore the possibility of reopening the stairway to hikers. The city assumed the stairs were the under the purview of the Honolulu Parks Department, and had even paid for the security guard who patrols the base of the trail. In fact, it's the Honolulu Board of Water Supply that's responsible for the stairway. And it has strict rules when it comes to walking on its property. And it's a story we did here at KITV and it's getting lots of people talking. Hawaii KITV and it's getting lots of people talking. Hawaii ranks among having the WORST drivers. What are we doing wrong? A new study by Allstate Insurance gives Honolulu low marks for driving skills. When it comes to the least safe driving cities, we are way down on the list at 128th. According to the report, the average driver in Honolulu will experience an auto collision every 8.7 years, which is about 15 percent more likely than the national average. An Allstate spokeswoman says they don't want drivers in Honolulu to be discouraged by their ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in to make positive changes to their driving habits that will in turn make the city a safer place to live, work and raise families. The safest city for driving, by the way, is Fort Collins, Colorado. 2 C1 You can find the complete story we just discussed on CIVIL-BEAT-DOT-COM.