Rep. Hanohano meets with House leaders

By Catherine Cruz
Published On: Feb 24 2014 07:00:00 PM HST

The much anticipated meeting involving controversial lawmaker Faye Hanohano has come and gone, and House speaker Joe Souki has promised swift action.

HONOLULU -

House Speaker Joe Souki promised swift action after complaints of disrespect were lodged by state workers and the public over Rep.  Faye Hanohano’s behavior.

But the controversy is now moving into the second week.

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Hanohano emerged from a private meeting with Speaker Joe Souki late Monday.

Both she and Souki declined to say  what was discussed.

Earlier in the afternoon Speaker gathered with a handful of House leaders including Reps. Scott Saiki and John Mizuno.

Sources say Hanohano had asked Rep Marcus Oshiro to sit in on the meeting as her counsel.

Lawmakers have four options to choose from if they decide to discipline the Big Island lawmaker.

They can have Hanohano make another public apology, they can vote for a suspension or expulsion, or they can remove her as head of the Ocean and Hawaiian Affairs Committee.

 Souki pointed to two of most recent cases where House lawmakers were removed  from their committees: Karen Awana for campaign spending violations and Jon Rikki Karamatsu for driving under the influence.

Two other lawmakers who got into trouble following their arrests for sex assault charges-- Rep Brian Blundell and Rep. Galen Fox stepped down on their own.     

 Hanohano's not accused of breaking any laws but if she loses her leadership position, the House would have to approve a resolution with a two thirds majority vote.

The soonest that could happen would be Thursday since lawmakers are on a recess.

                                                    

 

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