DeCoite to be Sworn in Feb. 20

Lynn DeCoite, who was appointed by Governor David Ige to complete the current term of the late Mele Carroll, will be sworn in during the regular session of the House at noon on February 20.  She will represent District 13, which includes Haiku, Hana, Kaupo, Kipahulu, Nahiku and Paia on Maui, and the islands of Kahoolawe, Lanai, Molokai and Molokini.  A brief ceremony will be conducted by Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald.

DeCoite, a Molokai farmer and rancher, has has been praised by Ige for her roots in the community but has been criticized for leasing land to Monsanto for the growing of genetically modified seed–see the story below.

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