Advocacy Updates

Monster Bill Heads to Final Reading

Bill 53, which addresses the proliferation of monster homes, will be voted on Wednesday, September 12, in its last hearing before City Council. The bill attempts to strengthen enforcement provisions for buildings and structures erected, constructed, enlarged, altered, repaired, moved, improved, removed, or converted without the necessary permits.  

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Expedited Building Permit Bill Moves

Council Chair Ernie Martin is making his final push to reduce the City’s building permit backlog before leaving office. Bill 65, introduced by Martin, would allow for an expedited process for building permits for one- and two-family dwellings and would aid in addressing Oahu’s housing inventory challenges. 

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City Council Races Head to the General Election

If a candidate does not win at least 50 percent plus one of the Primary Election vote, then the top two candidates in each council race will face off in the General Election. Blank votes are eliminated when calculating this final percentage.

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Property Tax Relief Proposed for East Honolulu Flooding


Bill 36 introduced by budget chair Trevor Ozawa (District 4 – East Honolulu) heads to second reading before City Council on Wednesday, May 9. The bill would provide real property tax relief for property damaged or destroyed as a result of natural disaster – specifically the flood of April 13.

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