Senate Advances Bills Supporting Job Creation, Economic Recovery and Restoring the Safety Net

HONOLULU — Ahead of Thursday’s Second Crossover deadline, the Hawaii State Senate advanced several bills today that align with its 2012 Legislative Session priorities: job creation, economic recovery and restoring the safety net. The overarching themes and priorities set forth also align with Governor Abercrombie’s “A New Day in Hawaii.” Creating jobs and putting people back to work has been critically important to the Senate. The Senate passed House Bill 2145, which includes the Senate’s…

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Hawaii State Senate Recognizes Maui Invasive Species Committee

Honolulu — The Hawaii State Senate honored the county-based Invasive Species Committees (ISCs) and Dr. Mohsen Ramadan of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) biological control program with a Certificate of Recognition yesterday. The Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC), along with its counterparts from each county, was recognized for its work to guard their islands from invasive species. MISC was the first Invasive Species Committee to form in 1999. The group works to protect the…

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Baldwin High School Junior Selected as 2012 Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii Youth of the Year

HONOLULU — Shortly after receiving his Senate Certificate of Recognition as a finalist of the 2012 Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii Youth of the Year program today, Maui native and Baldwin High School junior Lopaka Mattos was selected as the club’s representative to the regional level. The selection was announced at a Boys and Girls Club luncheon following Hawaii State Senate floor presentation. Maui’s Senatorial delegation is proud of Lopaka’s achievement. I congratulate Lopaka…

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Hawaii State Senate Confirms Maui Resident as Commissioner to the Public Utilities Commission

HONOLULU —  The Hawaii State Senate today voted to confirm Maui resident Michael Champley as commissioner to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC).  Champley was appointed by Governor Abercrombie in September 2011 and began serving on the PUC on an interim basis immediately. His appointment was subject to Senate confirmation. Mr. Champley’s extensive professional experience in the energy industry, commitment to public service, and proven leadership throughout his career are all important characteristics that make him…

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Senate Passes The Invest in Hawaii Act of 2012

HONOLULU–  The Senate unanimously passed The Invest in Hawaii Act of 2012 (Senate Bill 2012) today.  The bill will go to the House next for consideration. Garnering bipartisan support, Senate Bill 2012, is an aggressive $500 million general obligation bond-funded Capital Improvement Program package aimed at creating jobs by investing and stimulating our local economy from all corners of the state. We are proud of this legislation, which has united all members of the Senate,”…

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Hawaii Legislature Show Support for holding NFL Pro Bowl game in Hawai’i

Honolulu, Hawaii. Senate President Shan Tsutsui and House Speaker Calvin Say today announced the continued support by the Hawaii State Legislature for hosting the NFL Pro Bowl game at Aloha Stadium. The two-year contract with the NFL in which the state pays the NFL $4 million per game expires this year. Although contract negotiations with the Hawaii Tourism Authority are in progress, the NFL has said that they are keeping their options open and looking…

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Senate President’s Reaction to Governor Abercrombie’s State of the State Address

Following Governor Abercrombie’s State of the State address today, Senate President Shan Tsutsui issued the following statement: The Governor delivered an inspiring and encouraging speech.  He talked about his new day initiatives and his vision for the State, while sharing a lot of details regarding those proposals.  It is encouraging to hear that the Governor and the Senate are on the same page in terms of moving Hawaii forward.  He reiterated the Senate’s theme, ‘Pupukahi…

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Hawaii State Senate Confirms Maui Attorney as District Court Judge

HONOLULU —  The Hawaii State Senate today confirmed the appointment of Mimi DesJardins as judge for the District Court of the Second Circuit, located on Maui. Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald appointed DesJardins to fill the vacancy left by the Honorable Rhonda Loo, who was promoted to the position of Circuit Court Judge of the Second Circuit. “Judge DesJardins has the reputation of being a person with great integrity and character,” said Senate President Shan Tsutsui. …

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Hawaii State Senate Adopts Social Media Use Policy

HONOLULU- The Hawaii State Senate today adopted a social media use policy.   The Policy provides guidance to users, both internally and in the public. Currently, the use of social media in the public sector is a new and emerging phenomenon across the country. The Hawaii State Senate is one of the few state senate bodies that have formally adopted a social media use policy. The State Senate endeavors to increase public accessibility to legislative policies…

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Hawaii State Senate Congratulates Governor’s New Deputy Chief of Staff

Governor Neil Abercrombie today announced Representative Blake Oshiro will be joining the Abercrombie Administration as his deputy chief of staff. Representative Oshiro who currently serves in the House of Representatives as its Majority Leader will be stepping down from his seat on December 7, 2011. Senate President Shan Tsutsui and Senate Majority Leader Brickwood Galuteria, on behalf of the Senate, congratulate Representative Blake Oshiro as Governor Abercrombie’s new deputy chief of staff. They offer the…

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