With the Hawaii state legislature now in session we now have a clear view of those bills targeting the controversy on Mauna Kea. While of the bills concerning the mauna are indirect, one is quite direct. HB1067 is a complete ban on any development above 6,000ft on Mauna Kea. Blunt and simple.
Introduced by representative Amy A. Perruso representing central Oahu district 46, Launani Valley and Wahiawa . The bill has a long introduction, but a very simple change to the state statutes…
§304A- Mauna Kea conservation district lands; development; prohibition. Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, no new construction or development on conservation lands on the Mauna Kea summit located at six thousand feet above sea level and higher shall take place after December 31, 2019.HB1067 from the 2019 Hawaii Legislature
Beyond just stopping the TMT project, the bill would also stop any improvement to the facilities at Hale Pohaku, such as the sorely needed upgrades to the visitor center. Those have now started, with the new parking lots being installed this year.
The bill has passed first reading, a pro-forma step in the legislative process, and has been referred to three different committees. These include Water, Land, & Hawaiian Affairs, Judiciary, and Finance.
Personally I suspect this bill will get nowhere in the legislature. It will die simply by receiving no committee hearing. Under Hawaii legislative rules the bill must be heard in committee once referred. If no hearing is scheduled, the bill dies a quiet death of neglect. This is the usual fate of an unwanted bill, death with no blame attached for anyone involved.