New district maps proposed in Hawaii
HONOLULU, Hawaii: New political maps were recently proposed by Hawaii's Reapportionment Commission. These maps would move an Oahu state Senate seat to Hawaii island and would also put two Democratic incumbents, Carol Fukunaga and Brian Taniguchi in the same Senate district. A new open state Senate seat would be created created as a result of the merger.
In the state House, five pairs of incumbents would be placed in the same districts. This is two more pairs than in the initially proposed plan last year.
The new maps were needed after the state Supreme Court threw out the redistricting plan that the commission approved last year. The maps were discarded after Hawaii island residents complained that the commission used too many nonpermanent residents, military members, and nonresidents in their populations counts.