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Supporters: Akaka Bill Not Getting Fair Shake

By Stephen Florino

WAIKIKI (KHNL) - Supporters of the Akaka Bill say leaders in Washington DC won't get a fair assessment of Hawaii's opinion on the controversial bill.

It's because they say a key group is already stacked against it.

Some say a group that's supposed to gather information and opinions on the Akaka Bill is mostly made up of people who do not support the bill.

The Hawaii State Advisory Committee met in Waikiki Wednesday, to hear arguments both for and against the bill. This committee is supposed to report its findings to a national commission.

But those commission members say since the local committee is made up of people against the bill, it'll giving those in Washington DC the wrong impression of what the people of Hawaii want.

"I'm very upset at the fact that legislation that is supported by the vast majority of the people of Hawaii, is going to be opposed by the committees because it was stacked by people in Washington DC," said Michael Yaki, a member of the US Commission on Civil Rights.

The local committee is holding three more public sessions on the Akaka Bill next week in Honolulu, Hilo, and Lihue.

Groups on both sides took polls.

Those in favor of the Akaka Bill found that 70% of people in Hawaii support the bill.

Meanwhile, those against the bill found only 33-percent support it.

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