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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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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Senate and House Adopt Resolutions Opposing Army Personnel Reductions

The Hawaii State Senate and House of Representatives adopted resolutions (Senate Concurrent Resolution 3 and House Concurrent Resolution 3) strongly opposing the U.S. Army’s proposal to cut back on the number of soldiers at Schofield Barracks and Fort Shafter. The Senate unanimously adopted the resolutions while in the House three voted with reservations and one voted no. Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz, who represents the senate district where Schofield Barracks is located, offered these floor remarks…

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The Day the 28th Legislature Opened

Created with flickr slideshow.   Opening Day, the first day of the legislative session, is an exciting time for all. Attendees rise early and flock to the Hawaii State Capitol to get first-come, first-served seats in the Senate chamber. Filled with curiosity and anticipation, they look out over the guardrails as lawmakers, dignitaries, families and friends greet each other with lei and hugs and take obligatory photos. The Hawaii State Senate celebrated the opening of…

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Senate President Donna Mercado Kim’s 2015 Opening Day Speech

Aloha and Welcome to the Opening of the 28th Legislature! Only in Hawaii can you experience a Legislative opening with so many flowers of Aloha. On behalf of my colleagues, I want to thank our families, friends and well-wishers for these beautiful expressions. These flowers bring to mind this song, made popular by the folk trio – Peter, Paul and Mary: Video of Where have all the flowers gone? While this recording dates back more…

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