Groups sue to stop 'gut-and-replace' at Hawaii legislature

Updated: Sep. 5, 2018 at 6:27 PM HST
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HONOLULU (AP) - Government watchdogs are suing Hawaii for enacting legislation without giving the public the proper chance to weigh in.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday by the League of Women Voters of Honolulu and Common Cause challenges the legislative practice known as "gut and replace."

Common Cause Hawaii Executive Director Corie Tanida says the lawsuit is the first of its kind in Hawaii. She's unaware of similar challenges in other states.

The complaint mentions a bill that would have required the state to prepare an annual report on recidivism and inmate rehabilitation.

Lawmakers amended it late in the last legislative session to require the state to consider building schools capable of withstanding hurricanes.

The complaint asks the court to void the law and to declare the process used to adopt it unconstitutional.

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