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Committee delays decision on public safety director

April 6, 2019 GMT

HONOLULU (AP) — A State Senate committee has delayed the decision on the confirmation of Hawaii Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda as he looks to continue overseeing the state’s prisons and jails, as well as the state’s sheriffs and narcotics enforcement divisions, for another four years.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the Senate Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs Committee on Thursday delayed making a decision on whether to advise the full Senate to reconfirm Espinda.

The committee will make a decision this Thursday, but not before holding an informational briefing Tuesday to discuss a recent riot at the Maui jail, among other issues.

Sen. Clarence Nishihara, who leads the committee, says he won’t support Espinda’s confirmation, but told the Star-Advertiser that he isn’t sure where the full Senate stands at this point.

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Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com