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 Water and Land Chair to Visit the Islands of Maui and Lana‘i

MAUI –Senate Water and Land Chair Malama Solomon will conduct site visits on the islands of Maui and Lana‘i from Wednesday, September 18 to Friday, September 20, 2013. Invited by the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), the Senator will receive updates on various programs, projects, and concerns. Senator Gilbert Kahele, chair of the Tourism Committee, will also be joining the group. Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Koa forest watershed project • Iao Valley…

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Senate Water and Land Chair to Visit Kaua‘i Island

Kaua‘i –Senate Water and Land Chair Malama Solomon will conduct Kaua‘i Island site visits on Monday, September 16 and Tuesday, September 17, 2013. Invited by the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), the Senator will receive updates on various programs, projects, and concerns. Monday, September 16, 2013 DLNR DOFAW Base Yard Kalalau Valley Koke’e and Waimea Canyon State Park Tuesday, September 17, 2013 Wailua River Complex/ Drive to Ha’ena Ha’ena State Park I am…

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Department of Land and Natural Resources to Update Senate Water and Land Committee

Honolulu- The Senate Committee on Water and Land will be holding an informational briefing to receive updates on several emergent issues being addressed by the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR). The briefing will be held on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the State Capitol conference room 229. During the briefing the committee and department will discuss:   Beginning at 9:30 a.m.: The effects of the Federal sequester within DLNR….

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Concerns on Public Land Development Corporation Must Be Addressed

Honolulu — “Insuring that the residents of Hawai’i directly benefit from the thousands of acres they own as public lands  throughout the State – and putting in place 21st century partnership strategies to protect and appropriately steward these lands now and for future generations – these are the reasons I voted for the Public Land Development Corporation – Act 55, which was passed by the 2011 Legislature,” said Hawai’i Island Senator Malama Solomon (District 1,…

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Governor Enacts Measures to Support Local Farms

(Photo Courtesy: Office of the Governor) Chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture Clarence Nishihara and committee member Senator Ronald Kouchi joined Governor Neil Abercrombie today as he signed Senate Bill 2375 and Senate Bill 2646 into law. Together, these measures aim to benefit local farmers who want to sell their products and/or establish agricultural-based commercial operations. Senate Bill 2375 defines agricultural- based commercial operations and authorizes agricultural-based commercial operations in agricultural districts. Senate Bill…

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Senate Bill Intended to Build Transit-Oriented Development Zones to be Heard Today

HONOLULU – Addressing the need to preserve agriculture lands while balancing the need to address population growth on Oahu, Senate Bill 2927 intends to build transit-oriented development zones along a bus transit center or rail transit station. The bus transit center areas that would be developed would be located within the county development or sustainable plans for Ewa, Central Oahu and the primary urban centers (Honolulu). The rail transit station areas that would be developed,…

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Settlement Regarding Ceded Lands Poised for Full Senate Vote

HONOLULU – Senate Bill 2783, relating to public trust lands, is expected to go before the full Senate for a vote tomorrow, March 6, 2012. If passed, the legislation will move to the House for consideration.  The Senate Committees on Judiciary and Labor and Ways and Means passed the measure out of committee without amendments last Friday. It was a landmark decision for the committees to pass the bill,” said Senator J. Kalani English, a…

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Public Land Development Corporation Executive Director Selected

HONOLULU — The board of directors for the Public Land Development Corporation, at its meeting on November 21, selected Lloyd Haraguchi as its executive director. Haraguchi has more than 25 years of extensive experience in land use planning, zoning, development, government and community relations, and leasing in both the public and private sectors. He is currently the senior asset manager at Hawaii Land Management, where he manages all assets of the company consisting of agricultural…

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