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Monday, October 30, 2000

New campaign
expense rules may
debut in December

The state Campaign Spending Commission is preparing new rules and regulations so that the commission's operating procedures match the standards set by laws passed in the last two years.

Bob Watada, executive director, said the public hearing for the commission's rules has not yet been set, but will be after next month's elections -- "probably in December."

The biggest change is a provision that allows candidates to file their campaign spending reports automatically over the Internet, Watada said.

Candidates now can send in reports on a computer disk, but a new system will allow for fast electronic filing, he said.

Also, there are changes to the value of something a politician can buy before it is considered a "durable asset" and must be reported.

"In the past, reports would say a car was bought, but then they would lose track of it. Now everything bought for more than $250 must be reported," Watada said.

GOP seeking citizens: Republicans will hold a rally Saturday at 8 a.m. in the Kuapa Isle Clubhouse in Hawaii Kai to map out last-minute strategy to get out the vote in the East Honolulu area.

Campaign volunteers will have a briefing by GOP candidates in the district, including Sen. Sam Slom and Reps. Barbara Marumoto and Bertha Leong. State House candidate Bud Stonebraker also will attend.

For more information, call Peggy Melim, at 395-3765, or Fran Hardy, at 373-2766.

Building for Kupuna: Gov. Ben Cayetano, U.S. Rep. Patsy Mink and State House Speaker Calvin Say are expected to take part today in the groundbreaking of the first rental apartment complex built on Hawaiian Home Lands.

The $11.5 million Waimanalo Kupuna Housing Project will consist of 85 one-bedroom/one-bath apartments in an 18-building complex. It is on 5.9 acres of homestead land near the intersection of Kalanianaole Highway and Nakini Street.

Cayetano said the construction project is the first tailored to the housing needs of elderly native Hawaiians and the first rental project built on Hawaiian Home Lands.

Applicants for kupuna housing must be Hawaiian, 62 years or older, and meet certain income requirements.

Construction is expected to take 18 months.

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