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New version of Akaka bill introduced

Honolulu, Hawaii (AP) November 2010

A compromise version of legislation granting Native Hawaiians federal recognition has been introduced in the U.S. Senate as Hawaii's senators wait to hear whether the bill can move forward before the end of the year.

U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka introduced the bill last week to reflect changes negotiated between the state's congressional delegation and Gov. Linda Lingle's administration in July.

A spokesman for the Hawaii Democratic senator, Jesse Broder Van Dyke, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser the new version of the bill shows that the agreement with the state's Republican governor will be honored.

If the issue gets consideration in the Senate, this new bill likely would be offered as an amendment to an older version that already moved through the committee process.

 
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