Lawmakers Highlight Need for More Affordable Housing and Statewide Coordination at Informational Briefing with State and City Agencies

With the shortage of affordable housing options for the moderate income workforce, Hawaii lawmakers today held a joint Senate and House informational briefing to learn more about affordable housing needs in Hawaii. Senators and representatives heard from various government agencies to learn about the status of existing and planned affordable housing projects, and their plans to address the growing need for affordable housing as the state’s population and housing demands increase. “We convened this informational…

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State Senate Adjourns Session Approving More than 240 Bills Including Key Measures that Improve the Lives of Hawaii’s People

Lawmakers remain vigilant throughout legislative session striking a balance on measures supporting keiki, kupuna, workers and environment The Hawaii State Senate today adjourned the 2014 session passing more than 240 bills that align with its initial priorities to make Hawaii a better place for everyone now and in the future through initiatives supporting Hawaii’s keiki, kupuna, workers and the environment. “The ability to compromise and work together is essential to making good laws that help…

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Compromise Leads to Legislature’s Approval of Over 135 Measures Ahead of Sine Die

Lawmakers pass fiscally responsible state budget bill supporting keiki, measures supporting kupuna and the environment, and flagship bills raising the minimum wage and funding the Turtle Bay Conservation Easement The Hawaii State Legislature approved more than 135 on final reading ahead of the adjournment sine die this Thursday, including the state supplemental budget, measures supporting kupuna and protecting the environment, and flagship bills raising minimum wage and funding the Turtle Bay Conservation Easement. The measures…

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Senate Committees Hold a Hearing for a Bill Supporting Kupuna

The Hawaii Senate Committees on Human Services, Health, and Commerce and Consumer Protection held a hearing on January 30, 2014 on Senate Bill 2228, a bill that would support the elderly in our communities. The measure would address the need for new executive-level positions and provide funding for programs that maintain the health of our kupuna. Various state and county agencies, advocacy groups and individual citizens testified in support. Proposed by the Kupuna Caucus, the…

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Safe Places for Youth Mini Conferences Held at State Capitol

Honolulu- One hundred and fifty children and youth advocates gathered at the State Capitol today to attend a Safe Places for Youth Mini Conference. The conference provided an opportunity for members of the community to discuss the concept of the State’s “Safe Places for Youth” initiative and receive community outreach and training. Children, youth, and community advocates identified the provision of “Safe Places for Youth” as a top priority during the 2012 Children and Youth…

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Governor Signs Measures to Support Hawaii’s Kupuna

Honolulu- Governor Neil Abercrombie today signed into law several measures central to the continued support and protection of Hawaii’s kupuna. I am appreciative to the Governor for signing these priority measures,” said Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland, chair of the Senate Committee on Human Services and co-convener of the Hawaii State Legislature’s Kupuna Caucus. “As Hawaii’s population ages, it remains incumbent upon us to offer the programs and tools necessary to make certain that our parents…

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Impact of Federal Affordable Care Act on Hawaii’s Medicaid Buy-In Program to be Discussed

Honolulu–  The Medicaid Buy-In Task force will be meeting on Tuesday, December 11 at 2 p.m. in the State Capitol’s Conference Room 229 to discuss the importance of the Medicaid Buy-In program, the impact of the Affordable Care Act on the program, and its implementation. Sen. Suzanne Chun Oakland, Rep. John Mizuno, Dr. Kenneth Fink (Department of Human Services’ Med-QUEST Division administrator), various organizations and individuals will be participating in the discussion. The Medicaid Buy-In…

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Governor Signs Bill to Support Long-Term Care Facilities

Honolulu- Today Governor Neil Abercrombie signed Senate Bill (SB) 2466, Relating to Long- Term Care Facilities, into law. The measure establishes the nursing facility sustainability program special fund. The revenue generated by SB 2466 will ensure that long-term care facilitates in Hawaii will be compensated for their services to Medicaid patients and the uninsured. This measure also will assist the State and the Department of Human Services in maintaining and providing medical assistance to those…

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Governor Signs Hawaii Interagency Council on Homelessness Bill into Law

HONOLULU-  Governor Neil Abercrombie today signed Senate Bill 2804 into law.  The measure establishes the Hawaii Interagency Council on Homelessness under the Department of Human Services. The Council will identify critical strategic goals and initiatives that would mitigate homelessness as well as ensure that homeless persons obtain permanent housing and become reintegrated into the community. I am glad that the Governor signed this bill into law to further help one of the most vulnerable populations…

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Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz Introduces “Caylee’s Law”

HONOLULU—In reaction to the death of 2-year-old Caylee Anthony, Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz has introduced a measure that would make it a felony for a parent or guardian who fails to report a missing child 12 years old or younger within 48 hours to a law enforcement agency.  The bill, Senate Bill 2275, is being referred to as “Caylee’s Law.” The disappearance of Florida girl Caylee Anthony sparked public debate and outrage across the…

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