Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor to Hold Hearing on Marriage Equality Bill

Honolulu- The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor will hold a hearing on Senate Bill (SB) 1, Relating to Equal Rights, on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the State Capitol Auditorium. The hearing will follow the convening of the Second Special Session of 2013 called by Governor Neil Abercrombie. Listening to public input, we’ve strived to strike a balance between the concerns expressed by both sides of this issue,” said Senator Clayton…

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Senate Committee on Accountability Held Hearings to Shed Light on the Failed UH Concert

By Senator Donna Mercado Kim The Senate Committee on Accountability recently held two hearings to shed light on the failed concert fund raising attempt by the UH Athletic Department. In the wake of the UH administration and Board of Regents’ unwillingness or reluctance to explain what had happened to a confused and frustrated public, we gave the Regents, President M.R.C. Greenwood, Chancellor Tom Apple, Jim Donovan, and Rich Sheriff an opportunity to clear the air….

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MILESTONE IN PUBLIC SAFETY: REFORMS FOR PAROLE AND PROBATION:

A DIVERSE LIST OF LEGISLATION MOVES HAWAII FORWARD IN PUBLIC SAFETY ISSUES By Senator Will Espero, Chair of the Senate Committee on Public Safety, Government Operations, and Military Affairs The 2012 legislative session has been a milestone year for public safety, and in particular, corrections and judiciary system reform.  From prevention measures to more victim resources, transitional issues to parole and probation, many areas touching our corrections and judicial system were addressed. At the front…

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Hawaii State Senate Accomplishes Priorities in 2012 Legislative Session

By Senator Brickwood Galuteria, Senate Majority Leader The Hawaii State Senate accomplished many of its priorities set forth at the beginning of the 2012 Legislative Session. The overarching themes and priorities of the Senate were in alignment with Governor Abercrombie’s “A New Day in Hawaii.” Although Hawaii is experiencing a steady economic recovery, many people are still unemployed, especially in the construction and trade industries. Realizing this reality, the Senate made job creation and creating…

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The Time Is Right to Invest in Hawaii

By Senator Brickwood Galuteria, Senate Majority Leader Senator David Y. Ige, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means Senator Michelle N. Kidani, Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, Oversees Capital Improvement Projects for the Senate The time to invest in Hawaii’s future is now.  The Hawaii State Senate firmly believes this as evidenced by its recent unanimous and bipartisan passage of The Invest in Hawaii Act of 2012, Senate…

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Current Investments Lead to Future Savings

By Senate President Shan S. Tsutsui (D-Wailuku, Waihee, Kahului, Paia, Lower Paia) If you had the option to shell out a dollar today, to help you save $10 tomorrow, would you do it? Would you spend money to save money? Sound investments that spell big savings for the State are one of the numerous ways in which the Senate seeks to fulfill its vision of breathing new life into our economy, transforming the way we…

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Editorial: Threat of Axis deer

By Senator Gilbert Kahele The following editorial was published in the September 20, 2011 issue of the Hawaii Tribune Herald. Recently, it seems that there has been a spate of news headlines about invasive species with snakes, horned lizards, and flying squirrels. While I do want to prevent these exotic animals from making their homes here in Hawai‘i, I want to draw some attention to another animal that is already here in Hawai‘i, and could…

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SB1520 Sends Signal to the Nation’s Capitol

By Senator Brickwood Galuteria The following op-ed is in response to the signing of Senate Bill 1520, commonly known as the Hawaiian Recognition Bill. Senate Bill 1520, which formally recognizes Native Hawaiian people as “the only indigenous, aboriginal, maoli people of Hawai‘i,” was signed by Governor Neil Abercrombie on July 6, 2011.   This week Governor Abercrombie signed into law Senate Bill 1520 recognizing the Native Hawaiian people as the only indigenous, aboriginal, maoli people of…

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Hawaii’s Homeless Initiative Brings Communities Together

By Senator Brickwood Galuteria The following op-ed is in response to the Star-Advertiser’s editorial on Tuesday, May 10th, 2011, “Weak Start for State’s Homeless Initiative.” The Star-Advertiser’s editorial regarding Hawaii’s homeless situation on Tuesday, May 10th, 2011, “Weak Start for State’s Homeless Initiative,” was far too premature and reactionary for a large community program that is really just now getting off the ground. There is no question that homelessness has become a growing issue in…

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Expanding the ladder of opportunity

by Senator Will Espero District 19 Democrats believe in extending the ladder of opportunity because the overall well-being of society improves as more citizens are able to reach their goals. As we and our neighbors achieve our own “American dream,” our well-being spills over into the community. That is why Democrats have traditionally invested in education, in job training, in strengthening families, and home ownership. Becoming better educated, acquiring valuable workplace skills, being able to…

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