Judge changes Hawaiian Home Lands funding order

Judge changes Hawaiian Home Lands funding order

HONOLULU (AP) - A judge is removing language from a November order instructing the state to increase funding for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands by nearly $19 million.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Circuit Judge Jeannette Castagnetti said this week she would amend the order to say the state should instead make "sufficient general funds available" to the department. The previous order had called for funding to grow from $9.6 million to $28.5 million.

Castagnetti's decision comes after Gov. David Ige's administration argued that the court order violated the constitution's separation of powers. Attorney General Doug Chin agreed, saying courts couldn't order the state to appropriate a specific dollar amount to a government department.

The Attorney General's Office indicated in a statement it was pleased with the order's new language.

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