25 Feb 2009

Hawaii House of Representatives calls on Governor to withdraw appeal

12:03 pm on 25 February 2009

In Hawaii, the House of Representatives has adopted a resolution urging the Governor Linda Lingle and Attorney General Mark Bennett to withdraw their appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 40 urges them to withdraw the appeal of the Hawai'i Supreme Court's decision to place a moratorium on the selling of "ceded lands" until reconciliation is reached with Native Hawaiians.

Representative Mele Carroll said on the House floor Governor Lingle never spoke to the people before filing its appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

And Representative Angus McKelvey reminded lawmakers that the ceded lands issue is one that affects all of Hawaii's people and the State's future generations.

The case is due to get underway in the US Supreme Court tomorrow.