Saturday, January 9, 2010

Summarizing the Akaka Bill.

In recent weeks there have been several updates regarding the status of the Akaka Bill, referred to as S. 1011 and H.R. 2314 in the U.S. Senate and House of Representative respectively.

Previously, the Bush administration and its Department of Justice did not support any version of the Akaka Bill. Now, with support from both the White House and the Department of Justice as well as the Department of Interior, the Hawaii Congressional delegation worked closely with the the parties to address concerns about the bill and to make the necessary amendments.

Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law has summarized some of the changes made to the recent Akaka Bill. The summary describes some of the differences between the amended version approved recently in a U.S. Senate committee and an un-amended version passed by a U.S. House committee.

CLICK HERE to read the summary.

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