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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$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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Keiki Caucus Unveils 2015 Legislative Package

The Keiki Caucus, a bipartisan group of House and Senate members, today unveiled its 2015 legislative package of priority measures that addresses a variety of issues related to ensuring the protection and welfare of Hawaii’s children and youth. The package includes five key areas of focus including safety and well-being, education, health and early intervention, local food and healthy meals, and affordable housing. In a press conference held this afternoon, state lawmakers and community advocates…

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2015 Senate Majority Legislative Program

Hawai‘i State Senate Senate Majority Legislative Program Twenty-Eighth Legislature 2015 We, of the Democratic Majority of the Hawai‘i State Senate, are committed to a vision and future for Hawai‘i that will stabilize Hawai‘i’s economy and improve our quality of life for generations to come. We have a unique opportunity to serve the people of Hawai‘i. In that spirit, the Senate Majority is committed to being open, inclusive, and collaborative in its decision-making on behalf of…

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New Senior Center Groundbreaking in Kakaako

The historic Kakaako Pumping Station was given new life today, as community members came together to celebrate the groundbreaking and blessing of the new Na Kupuna Makamae (The Beloved Kupuna) Center off Ala Moana Boulevard. The 114-year-old building has been vacant for decades, with numerous proposals for its revival failing to reach completion. In June, the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) voted to approve the preparation of an environmental assessment and special management area permit…

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Senators Honor Recipient of a National Hispanic Caucus Scholarship

A Mililani High School graduate is one of just eleven students from across the U.S. selected to receive a college scholarship award from the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislatures (NHCSL). Isis Usborne, a valedictorian from the MHS Class of 2014, will use the $3,000 grant to help with tuition and expenses as she enrolls at UH Manoa for the fall semester. The John S. Martinez Closing the Achievement Gap Scholarship was created in memory…

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Statement from Senate President Donna Mercado Kim on the Passing of Former Hawaii Island Lawmaker Robert “Bob” Herkes

Senate President Donna Mercado Kim today issued the following remarks on the passing of former lawmaker Robert “Bob” Herkes, who passed this week at 83: “I am saddened to learn of the passing of former lawmaker Robert “Bob” Herkes and my thoughts and prayers are with Jo-Anna and their family. Our state lost a revered man who dedicated his life to public service, and we were lucky to have him serve as a state senator,…

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Mililani High School Valedictorian Receives Scholarship From National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislatures

A Mililani High School graduate is one of just eleven students from across the U.S. selected to receive a college scholarship award from the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislatures (NHCSL). Isis Usborne, a valedictorian from the MHS Class of 2014, will use the $3,000 grant to help with tuition and expenses as she enrolls at UH Manoa for the fall semester. The John S. Martinez Closing the Achievement Gap Scholarship was created in memory…

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Lawmakers Hold Briefing on the State’s Application and Plan for Community Services Block Grant

The Hawaii State Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor and the House Committee on Labor and Public Employment will hold an informational briefing Friday to get an update on the State of Hawaii’s Application and Plan for Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) for fiscal years (FY) 2015 and 2016. “The Community Services Block Grant provides federal funding for Hawaii to determine its goals and objectives and implement initiatives to address poverty issues,” said Senator Clayton…

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