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ThinkTech Hawaii: What it Takes to Have a HART Quorum (Talking Tax)

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HART Board Actions May be Challenged. The host for this show is Jay Fidell. The guest is Tom Yamachika.

HART was having difficulty in mustering a quorum and gathering the necessary votes to get things passed. The problem came up as an unintended side effect of 2017 bailout legislation that empowered the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate to each appoint two non-voting members to the HART governing board, whether or not the rest of HART wanted them there.

It turned out that a City Charter quorum and voting provision that was incorporated by reference appeared to require eight “yes” votes for anything to pass, although there were only nine voting members. An eight “yes” voting requirement made it tough to get anything done, especially when voting members who weren’t able to show up were deemed to be voting “no.” In July, when Hoyt Zia took the chair of HART, he announced that things would be changing. Six votes would be enough, just as it was prior to the 2017 bailout.

Who’s right? Sen. Kurt Fevella, as a private citizen, sued to find out.

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