Senator Ruderman hosts the Pahoa Boys Varsity Basketball Team Division II Champions!

Senator Russell Ruderman and his staff are proud to host the Pahoa Boys Varsity Basketball Team, Big Island Division II Champions for lunch today. They are visiting Oahu to play in the State Tournament. Senator Ruderman introduced them on the Senate Floor and Representative Joy San Buenaventura introduced them on the House Floor! Go Daggers! We wish them the best of luck in their tournament here on Oahu.

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The Senate celebrates Jacob Ly for his outstanding accomplishments!

On February 5, 2015 Jacob Ly, a Kalani High School senior was honored by the State Senate for his outstanding accomplishments! Jacob is one of four students in Hawaii to score at the very top for a college entry exam, representing less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who took the ACTs. In addition to his schoolwork, he is also ranked one of Hawaii’s top young dancers trained in classical ballet.

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Hawaii State Senate Introduces More Than One Thousand Bills

This year, the Hawaii State Legislature introduced 2,894 bills. The Hawaii State Senate introduced 1,379 bills on this first year of the 28th Legislative biennium. The House introduced 1,515 bills. Thursday, January 29, 2015 was the deadline for bill introductions. The measures were sent to their respective committees for consideration. The measures that are passed out of the committee(s) are sent to the Senate Floor to be voted on by the entire Senate body. The First…

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Sen. Russell Ruderman Introduces Bills Addressing Big Island Issues

Sen. Russell Ruderman has introduced a number of bills this session to address Puna/Big Island’s unique issues. “These bills need your support,” said Ruderman.  “Big Island endured serious damage from a tropical storm last year and faces uncertainty due to the impending lava flow.  Many of the bills I have introduced could help our district to be better prepared for disasters in the future.  I am also committed to focusing on food and agricultural sustainability…

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Senator Josh Green schedules hearing on Health Insurance Coverage for Autistic Children

State Senator Josh Green M.D. (D – Kona, Kau), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, has scheduled a hearing on SB 791, RELATING TO AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS, which would require health insurers to provide coverage for autism diagnosis and treatment. The hearing will be held on Friday, February 6 at 1:15 PM in Room 414 of the State Capitol. “The autism rate has soared to as high as 1 in 68 children,” Green said, “and families across Hawaii are…

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$4 million Released for Waimea District/Regional Park

Sen. Lorraine Inouye (Hilo, Hamakua, Kohala, Waimea, Waikoloa, Kona) today announced Governor David Ige’s release of $4 million in general obligation bond funds appropriated by the Legislature to finance construction of various improvements to the Waimea District/ Regional Park. The administration notified stakeholders last month of the release of funds. With matching funds from the County of Hawaii, the monies will implement Phase 1 of the master-planned 50-acre park that will offer diversified types of…

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Women’s Legislative Caucus’ Package Focuses on Safety and Well-Being of Women

The Women’s Legislative Caucus, consisting of members from both the state Senate and House, today announced a joint package of measures for the 2015 legislative session. The package of bills cover five areas of concern to women of all ages and economic background, including improving reporting and enforcement of domestic violence and sexual assaults, reducing violence and sexual assaults on college campuses, ensuring women’s access to healthcare, addressing Hawaii’s high cost of living faced by…

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