7 Sep 2005

Katrina stalls native Hawaiian bill

3:47 pm on 7 September 2005

The US Senate vote on a native Hawaiian sovereignty bill that was scheduled for today has had to be deferred because of the need to pass legislation to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The senate was meant to consider the bill which would begin a process for organising a native Hawaiian government.

But the senate leader, Bill Frist, said there is now a need to pass the necessary legislation needed to assist victims of the hurricane.

It is not yet known when the bill would next be taken up again by the Senate.