House revives flag-flying bill
The state House Housing Committee, responding to pressure from military veterans, revived a bill today to let residents of planned communities erect flagpoles to display the American and state flags.
The bill would also prevent community association boards from imposing fees or fines related to flag displays.
State House leaders said they will likely waive internal deadlines so that the bill will come before the full House and have a chance to cross over to the state Senate next week.
State Rep. Rida Cabanilla, D-42nd (Waipahu, Honouliuli, Ewa), the committee's chairwoman, had deferred the bill earlier this session after no one came to the state Capitol in person to testify.
After an unsuccessful motion to recall the bill from her committee last week, Cabanilla agreed to hold a second hearing but said she favored a task force to study the issue of flag displays.
Today, Cabanilla reversed herself again and dropped the task force after complaints from lawmakers that it was making the bill too complicated.
State Rep. Kymberly Pine, R-43rd (Ewa Beach, Iroquois Point, Puuloa), the bill's sponsor, said the many veterans who came to testify today made the difference.
"It became a fight about democracy more than the flag or the bill, and about people not listening, and that's what this whole process became about," Pine said.