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Protestors occupying the Capitol receive citations

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A group that has been calling on Governor Linda Lingle to settle the furlough situation received citations for a second straight weekday. 

Around 10:00 p.m. Monday, Hawaii News Now received cell phone video from the capitol showing a sheriff's deputy telling protestors they'll arrest them at midnight, which is technically a new day, if they don't leave.

Protestors were told that only those who've already been cited twice will be arrested.

On this fourth night of the furlough Friday sit-in at the governor's office, nine protesters got slapped with citations.

"At about 6:30 P.M. the media left with all the cameras and everything and sure enough about 30 minutes later, the sheriff's officer came in and issued us all citations," said William Unruh, a protestor.

For two of the nine people cited, it's their second one, and it's for second degree trespassing.

"The penalty that's attached to it is a one year ban from the capital which includes during business hours so if I come back at any time I could be arrested," said Michael Doyle, a protestor.

Something they say they wouldn't mind.

"I just think it'll work out. I guess that sounds maybe too optimistic, or naive in a way but I just feel that this is for a good cause," said Carrie Lau, a protestor.

The group, Save Our Schools Hawaii (SOS) wants Governor Lingle to end the stalemate over furlough Fridays.

The Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) isn't budging in negotiations.

But protesters say, they're targeting the governor because she has the ultimate power to release the money.

To get kids back in the classroom before the next furlough Friday on April 23rd, House Finance Chair Marcus Oshiro says all parties - the governor, HSTA, Board of Education (BOE), and the Department of Education must strike a deal by Wednesday.

"It's just a matter of having the governor release the monies that are available to address the next 4 furlough Fridays. It's that simple," said Rep. Oshiro.

"The money is there, there's over $180 million in the Hurricane Relief Fund that's not going to be used if there's a hurricane,"said Garrett Toguchi, BOE Chair.

Until then?

"We're not going anywhere. We've got people signed up tonight, tomorrow night through tomorrow night," said Clare Hanusz, a protestor.

If anyone gets arrested, SOS Hawaii says it already has a lawyer standing by.

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