Hawaii lawmakers consider homeland security office

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Associated Press

Posted on April 20, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Updated Saturday, Apr 20 at 8:09 AM

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers want to create a homeland security office within the state Department of Defense to help prevent terrorist attacks in Hawaii.

Lawmakers met in a conference committee Friday to discuss the proposal. The House and Senate have already approved different versions of it but must choose one.

Sen. Will Espero says the committee plans to adopt the House version. He noted that the measure is appropriate considering the explosions in Boston this week.

The defense department says the bill would give its current efforts more structure and efficiency. Critics say the office would waste money and resources.

Espero says the committee needs to wait for approval from the budget committee before it can move forward with the bill. Lawmakers plan to revisit the proposal on Tuesday.

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