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The Maui County Council is a nine-member legislative body of officials who are elected on at-large basis (i.e., all County voters can cast votes for all nine seats), one each from nine residency areas. Each Council member is elected for a two-year term.

Powers
The Council is the legislative and policy-making body of the Maui County government, as provided by Section 2-2 of the Charter of the County of Maui: 'All powers of the county shall be carried into execution as provided by this charter, or, if the charter makes no provisions, as provided by ordinance or resolution of the county council.' 

As provided in Section 3-6 of the County Charter, the Council is specifically empowered to: 
  • Legislate taxes, rates, fees, assessments and special assessments, and to borrow money, subject to the limitations provided by law and the Charter of the County of Maui
  • Legislate appropriations for County purposes subject to the limitations provided by the Charter of the County of Maui
  • Conduct investigations of (a) the operation of any department or function of the County and (b) any subject upon which the Council may legislate
  • Fix the salaries of such employees and officers as may be necessary 
  • Require periodic and special reports from all County departments concerning their functions and operations. Such reports shall be requested and submitted by and through the mayor
  • Retain or employ, by a vote of two-thirds of its entire membership, special counsel (private attorneys) for any special matter presenting a real necessity for such employment. Any such employment shall specify the compensation, if any, to be paid for said services

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Guzman calls for parks care, proposes volunteer policy
The Maui County Council’s Economic Development, Energy, Agriculture, and Recreation Committee will consider a bill on Tuesday, July 29, at 1:30 p.m., to implement a park volunteer policy for Maui County, Committee Chair Don Guzman announced today. Read on...
Committee to consider ban on polystyrene food containers
The Infrastructure and Environmental Management Committee will consider a bill on Monday, July 28, at 1:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber in Wailuku, to ban the use and sale of polystyrene disposable food service containers. Read on...
Hokama installed as NACo president, highlights transportation and infrastructure
NEW ORLEANS – Maui County Councilmember Riki Hokama was sworn in as president of the National Association of Counties, an organization representing 3,069 counties across the United States, at its annual conference. Read on...
GMO moratorium petition gets required number of signatures
The Office of the County Clerk has certified that the SHAKA Movement has collected the required amount of additional valid signatures needed to advance to the Council a petition to place a moratorium on the cultivation of genetically engineered organisms. Read on...
Amendments to Maui Island Plan implementation program referred to committee
WAILUKU, Hawaii – Amendments to the Maui Island Plan implementation program proposed by council members were referred to the Planning Committee at the June 6 council meeting, Councilmember Donald G. Couch, Jr. announced today. Read on...
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