KITV4: Lawmakers push to end ‘recon’ inspections of modified vehicles 2/23/21

[Note: The following article, published by KITV4 on 23 Feb. 2021, is about a bill, SB57, introduced by Senator Shimabukuro, to eliminate the Reconstructed car inspection requirement.]

O’ahu’s “Recon” inspection program could be coming to an end.

State senators are pushing to eliminate the special inspection requirement for modified vehicles.

The State Department of Transportation supports the call and testified that current crash data indicate reconstructed vehicles do not pose a safety problem on Hawaii’s roads.

According to the HDOT, its staff also lack the expertise needed to properly inspect these types of vehicles. The measure would keep the current “street rod” exemption for vehicles older than 1968 which allows those vehicles to undergo a less stringent safety inspection.

SB57 also has support from the Honolulu Police Department.

The bill passed its final Senate committee Tuesday.

It’s a full senate vote away from being sent to the House to be voted on by representatives.

PBS Hawai’i Insights: Hawaiian Home Lands 2/18/21

Senator Maile Shimabukuro and the International Hospitality Center 2/3/21

Senator Maile Shimabukuro shares her legislative focus for 2021, with an emphasis on traffic, education, unemployment benefits, a surfing village, etc.

SA: DOT to install speed tables on Farrington Hwy 2/14/21

Department of Transportation moved by pedestrian deaths to install speed tables on Farrington Highway
By Rosemarie Bernardo, Star-Advertiser, 2/14/21 Updated 11:40 pm

The state Department of Transportation completed installation of two new raised crosswalks, including one at the intersection of Farrington Highway and Laumania Avenue. Photo by Craig T. Kojima / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

Area lawmakers are applauding the state Department of Transportation for installing two new raised crosswalks on Farrington Highway at the entrance of Nanakuli to increase pedestrian safety.

State Sen. Maile Shimabukuro said the community appreciates the efforts DOT has made to the make the community safer. Shimabukuro’s district includes Kalaeloa, Nanakuli, Waianae and Makaha.

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SA: Amendments give HHL 5 years to determine casino future 2/11/21 & 2/12/21

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Hawaiian Home Lands Commission might have 5 years to rule on gambling
By Dan Nakaso Today [12 Feb. 2021] Updated 12:11 am

The Hawaiian Home Lands Commission would have until Dec. 31, 2026 — more than five years — to figure out whether gambling is the best way to generate badly needed funds to clear the backlog of more than 28,000 Native Hawaiian Home Lands beneficiaries, under a revised bill scheduled to go back before the Senate Hawaiian Affairs Committee on Tuesday.

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KHON2: Lawmakers consider gambling to help Native Hawaiians 2/11/21