Statement from Senator Espero

  On the Governor’s Veto of SB2589, Relating to the Transfer of Harbor Police to the Department of Public Safety Senator Will Espero, chair of the Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs, issued the following statement regarding Governor Neil Abercrombie’s veto of SB2589, relating to the transfer of harbor police from the Department of Transportation (DOT) to the Department of Public Safety (DPS). Espero introduced the measure.   “I am disappointed the governor…

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Completely Stopped Drivers Exempted from Electronic Device Ban

Other Amendments to the Law Go into Effect July 1, 2014 Changes to the cell phone ban passed by the Legislature in 2013, Act 74, which prohibits the use of mobile electronic devices while operating a vehicle, takes effect today. The amendments to the law include exempting drivers who are completely stopped, changing the penalties for violations and making a violation a traffic infraction. “After the law was passed in 2013, we at the Legislature…

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Senator English Participates in Transportation and Infrastructure Summit

Senator J. Kalani English, chair of the Senate Committee on Transportation and Intergovernmental Affairs participated in the first Transportation and Infrastructure Summit hosted by the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce today. The summit brings together top transportation leaders in the state to address topics such as air and sea transportation, the physical state of infrastructure in Hawaii, and the Honolulu rail project. Senator English was a part of a round table discussion on the challenges of…

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Senator Espero Expresses Opposition to Attempts to Stop Construction on PM Zipper Lane

In response to the headline in today’s Start Advertiser, Senator Will Espero has expressed his opposition to any attempt to stop the construction on the PM zipper lane.  He believes that it would be short-sighted to not build the zipper lane at this time. “The zipper lane is about better mobility for West Oahu commuters.  It is about quality of life issues and handling the projected future growth slated for this region.  The DOT would…

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Senator English on the Completion of the Kaunakakai Harbor Ferry Terminal

Senator J. Kalani English’s remarks on the completion of the Kaunakakai Harbor Ferry Terminal on Moloka‘i: Today’s dedication of the Kaunakakai Harbor Ferry Terminal stands as vital recognition of the place our harbors continue to play in Hawai‘i’s economy. An active waterfront is a sign of economic activity, and improving our Ferry terminal will preserve our ability to serve our citizens transportation and economic needs. This project has been a long time coming, due mainly to…

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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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Senators Break from Conference to Observe Good Friday

Happy Good Friday. Legislators are breaking from conference committee meetings today after a week of getting together to hash out differences between House and Senate versions of bills. The first bill out of conference was SB2901 SD1 HD1, a bill that would bring the State into compliance with federal motor carrier safety regulations by deleting any existing statutes or provisions containing federal requirements that are currently addressed in Hawaii Administrative Rules. This would help ensure…

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Latest Episode of Maui Mana‘o is out

Maui senators J. Kalani English, Rosalyn Baker and Gilbert Keith-Agaran talk about the issues affecting Maui and how the State Senate is addressing those issues in the latest episode of Maui Mana‘o. If you’ve been curious about airport and highway modernization on Maui, the status of naming the new high school in Kihei after the late U.S. Representative Patsy T. Mink, funding for Maui Memorial Medical Center, and issues facing Hawaiian Homelands, then watch Maui…

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Statement from Senator J. Kalani English on the Inaugural Flight of Ohana by Hawaiian to Molokai

Senator J. Kalani English, District 7 – Hana, East and Upcountry Maui, Moloka‘i, Lanai‘i and Kaho‘olawe, today released the following statement on the inaugural flight of ‘Ohana by Hawaiian to Moloka‘i, the first of two islands it will return to the Hawaiian Airlines network. On March 18, twice daily service between Honolulu and Lana‘i will launch. Sen. English is chairman of the Committee on Transportation and International Affairs.   “This is a special day for…

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Senator English’s Statement on Lana‘i Plane Crash

Senator J. Kalani English (District 7- Hana, East and Upcountry Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i, Kaho‘olawe), Chair of the Senate Committee on Transportation and International Affairs, today issued the following statement after learning of the fatal plane crash near Lana‘i Airport: “It is with great sadness that I extend my most heartfelt condolences to the friends and families of those who passed in last night’s fatal plane crash on Lana‘i. I continue to keep the survivors who…

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