Hawaii Supreme Court hears arguments about lawmakers’ use of controversial gut-and-replace tactic

FILE — This May 2, 2019 file photo shows lawmakers meet on the floor of the state House of Representatives at the Hawaii State Capitol in Honolulu. Attorneys argued before the Hawaii Supreme Court over how much lawmakers should allow the public to weigh in on legislation as laws are being drafted and voted on. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

The state Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday about the Legislature’s practice of stripping a bill of its original content and substituting entirely different content, a process known as gut-and-replace.