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Lingle urges US Senate to pass the Akaka Bill

Gov. Linda Lingle Gov. Linda Lingle

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Governor Linda Lingle says in a letter sent to all US senators that they should pass a law granting Native Hawaiians the federal recognition afforded to other indigenous groups. The Republican governor's letter sent Tuesday urges the Senate to vote and approve the Native Hawaiian recognition bill, also known as the Akaka Bill.

"I believe that the Akaka Bill is constitutional, is good public policy, is (in its to-be amended form) supported by Hawaii's citizens, is consistent with the Congress's approach to recognition of the other native peoples of America, and is just and fair" said Lingle in the letter.

Lingle lent her support to the bill after Hawaii's two Democratic senators agreed last week to amend it to clarify that a Native Hawaiian government wouldn't provide immunity to its officials and employees from state laws that protect health and safety.The Senate could vote on the amended legislation as soon as this month.

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