HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin is requesting $2.5 million from the state Legislature to deal with violent events like disruptive protests and rallies.
The Attorney General's Office said recent national events like white nationalist protests in Charlottesville and the Las Vegas mass shooting have raised concerns about how the state responds to high emergency costs associated.
Chin said the budget request, which he called "state security operations," could be used for officers handling protests against the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea, for example.
The controversy over construction of the massive telescope began dominating headlines in 2015, when a large protest prevented construction by blocking access to Mauna Kea's summit. Several people were arrested.
Protests and legal issues stalled construction of the telescope – until September, when the Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources approved a permit that would allow construction to continue.
The Attorney General's Office said the Legislature denied a similar budget request last year.