Honolulu City Council overrides vetoes, changes leadership

June 27, 2011, 1:30pm

The Honolulu City Council decided to override four bills vetoed by Mayor Peter Carlisle during a special meeting Monday.

Bill 33 and Bill 34, which involve the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation’s operating and capital budget, were unanimously approved by the council’s nine members. The bills give the council authority over the rail transit agency’s operating and capital budgets. Carlisle maintains that the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation should control the budgets since it is a semi-autonomous entity. Both bills are effective July 1.

Bill 35 allows reimbursements for pre-2007 rail-related expenditures to be put into the general fund and the highway fund. Bill 35 was unanimously approved and is effective immediately.

Bill 36 reinstates a discounted disposal fee for residue from commercial recycling. Carlisle said that if the discount was not implemented, the city would save approximately $2 million per year. The bill is effective July 1.

The council also unanimously voted to change its leadership: Ernest Martin replaces Nestor Garcia as chairman of the council, and Ikaika Anderson replaces Breene Harimoto as vice chairman. Romy Cachola remains as the council’s floor leader. The leadership changes are effective immediately.

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