Hawaii Reapportionment Commission Wants Another $90,000

We’ve previously reported that the Reapportionment Commission spent $600,000 on redistricting plans that have since been invalidated by the Hawaii Supreme Court.

At its Monday meeting, the commission approved an emergency funding request for about $87,750 more to complete its work on revised maps. That includes $15,000 for software contractor Esri alone.

The commissioners voted 6-2 to approve a separate request for $235,000 to retain outside independent attorneys should the commission get sued again. Commissioners Anthony Takitani and Calvert Chipchase voted against the request.

"I think the (Attorney General’s) office can handle it," Takitani said.

"Given the way we were represented last time … as much as I do not want to spend additional taxpayer money, I think it’s necessary,” Commissioner Dylan Nonaka said.

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