- The Washington Times - Monday, March 16, 2009

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii’s Supreme Court has ruled that a state law allowing a high-speed ferry to operate while an environmental study is being conducted is unconstitutional.

The court on Monday sent the case back to Circuit Court, leaving the fate of the Hawaii Superferry’s service in question.

The Legislature passed a law in November 2007 allowing the Superferry to operate between Oahu and Maui while the state conducted an environmental impact statement for the service.

The Sierra Club, Maui Tomorrow and the Kahului Harbor Coalition had argued the law was unconstitutional because it was targeted to benefit just one entity, the Superferry.

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