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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Hawaii State Senator Brickwood Galuteria Honored with Patrick Henry Award

Honolulu- Hawaii State Senate Majority Leader Brickwood Galuteria was recently selected as a recipient of the Patrick Henry Award from the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) and the Hawaii National Guard Association for his significant contributions to the Hawaii National Guard. Our military service members and their families embody the spirit of selfless service, making incredible sacrifices to protect our freedom,” said Senator Brickwood Galuteria, who represents Senate District 12, encompassing Waikiki,…

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Senator Will Espero to Introduce Booting Regulation Legislation

In light of what is currently occurring in the local “Booting” industry, Senator Will Espero will introduce legislation next session to regulate and allow booting.  If passed, the legislation will allow booting of vehicles once strict rules are adopted by the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs following public comments. Currently, Senate Bill 1214, to ban booting, is before the Governor, and a state Office of Consumer Protection lawsuit is also being heard in the…

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Kupuna Caucus Receives Honor

The Hawaii State Legislature’s Kupuna Caucus was honored this morning for its years of outstanding service on behalf of Hawaii’s senior citizens and retirees. Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland was joined by her Co-Convener Representative Gregg Takayama in accepting the 2013 Distinguished Service Award at the Hawaii Alliance for Retired Americans and Kokua Council’s Seventh Annual Legislative Review. Representatives Marcus Oshiro, Bertrand Kobayashi and Cynthia Thielen along with members of the Caucus were also present. This…

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HOUSE FINANCE AND SENATE WAYS AND MEANS CHAIRS HOLD FIRST CONFERENCE COMMITTEE MEETING OF THE 2013 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Leaders Highlight Agreement on Several Significant Budget Items Honolulu, Hawaii – The conference meeting to negotiate differences in the state budget between the House and Senate was held a week earlier than normal to allow more discussion time for conference members and avoid the last minute rush to act on other fiscal bills. In his opening remarks today, Senate Ways and Means Chair, David Ige said, “This is an historic convening of the conference committee. …

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Senate Votes to Pass More Than 100 Measures Ahead of Second Crossover

On April 9, 2013 the Hawaii State Senate voted to pass 136 measures on third reading ahead of Thursday’s Second Crossover deadline. Today marked the 46th day of the 27th Legislature. Thursday is the last day for the Senate to pass House bills amended by the Senate and the House to pass Senate bills amended by the House on Third Reading. After Second Crossover, members of both chambers will review the amendments made to their…

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State Senate Confirms Jobie Masagatani as Chairperson of the Hawaiian Homes Commission

Honolulu —  The Hawaii State Senate today confirmed Jobie Masagatani as the Chairperson of the Hawaiian Homes Commission.  Upon confirmation, Masagatani had been serving as the Commission’s Chairperson Designate. Jobie is well qualified to serve the people of Hawaii and the constituents of the Hawaiian Homes Commission,” said Senate Majority Brickwood Galuteria, who serves as chair of the Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs and Tourism.  “I am confident that she has the vision and commitment…

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Hawaii State Senate Introduces More Than 0ne Thousand Bills

This year, the Hawaii State Legislature introduced 2,872 bills. The Hawaii State Senate introduced 1, 388 bills on this first year of the 27th Legislative biennium. In the 2012 Session, Senators introduced 1,072 bills. Wednesday, January 24, 2013 was the deadline for bill introductions.   The measures were sent to their respective committees for consideration. The measures that are passed out of the committee(s) are sent to the Senate Floor to be voted on by the entire…

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Ask Your Senator

Education Week at the State Capitol is right around the corner! This year marks the 10th anniversary of Education week, which will be held from March 18 to March 22. Organized by the Hawaii State Senate Committee on Education, this interactive week-long celebration honors the achievements and innovative efforts of our local schools, educators and various programs throughout the state from early childhood to the university level. Hawaii State Senators are once again taking the…

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Senate President Donna Mercado Kim’s Opening Day 2013 Remarks

Aloha. It is my distinct honor and pleasure to welcome you to the Senate’s opening session of the 27th Legislature. It’s heartwarming to see so many familiar faces, but this year begins with several newcomers to the Senate: representing Kahului and Wailuku is Gil Keith-Agaran… from Ka‘u and Puna comes Russell Ruderman … and from Windward Oahu and East Honolulu is Laura Thielen.  Please join me in welcoming them to these chambers. Let’s also acknowledge…

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