Hermina Morita to remain PUC chair on a “holdover basis”

Hermina Morita (Credit: puc.hawaii.gov)
Hermina Morita (Credit: puc.hawaii.gov)

Gov. Neil Abercrombie released a statement on keeping Public Utilities Commission (PUC) Chair Hermina Morita on a “holdover basis.”

“We are at a very critical juncture in developing our clean energy future and the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) needs stability to continue to address many of the important regulatory issues before it. Therefore, I intend to keep Mina Morita as Chair of the PUC, on a holdover basis beyond June 30, 2014 when her term ends.

“At the present time, Chair Morita has business before the Board of Land and Natural Resources, which must be addressed.

“She will continue to serve in the position while these issues are being resolved.”

Morita was appointed to the PUC and named chair on February 3, 2011 by Gov. Abercrombie with a term that expires on June 30, 2014.

Friday is the deadline for the governor to submit a nominee to the state Senate for appointment.

She was confirmed on March 14, 2011 and resigned from her position in the state House of Representatives after 15 years as an elected official for Kauai.

For boards and commissions, a “holdover” member is one that remains in their position until a successor is appointed.

§26-34 Selection and terms of members of boards and commissions.
(b) Any member of a board or commission whose term has expired and who is not disqualified for membership under subsection (a) may continue in office as a holdover member until a successor is nominated and appointed; provided that a holdover member shall not hold office beyond the end of the second regular legislative session following the expiration of the member’s term of office.

Correction: The original post stated that Morita was “reappointed on a holdover basis.” In reality, the holdover position does not require reappointment.

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