Officials grilled over taxpayer dollars used to damper airport security fines
|Reported by: Gina Mangieri
Last Update: 6/29 8:16 pm
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Lawmakers grilled state officials Tuesday over taxpayer dollars spent to put a damper on airport security fines.
Kauai’s airport sees a fraction of busier airports’ passenger traffic, but the location accounts for the lion’s share of steep TSA fines of nearly $100,000 last year. The Senate Ways and Means Committee grilled transportation officials about why.
“According to the TSA fines we can’t really show that a whole lot was mitigated,” said Sen. Donna Kim, Chairwoman of the Ways and Means Committee. “The whole year that this person was there, there were fines occurred, there were fines that were not mitigated.”
The panel also asked about the status of airport security contract bids — Securitas has been on an extension. The state says they’ll go out for bid next month. Meanwhile the big fines still being sorted out at a small airport have given a private vendor a lot to consider.
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