Lieutenant Governor Signs Bills to Help Build State’s Innovation Economy

Honolulu- Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui signed into law today two measures aimed at supporting the development of Hawaii’s innovation economy and growing our State’s research industry. House Bill 858, relating to the HI Growth Initiative, appropriates $6,000,000 to the Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation to implement the HI Growth Initiative.  The initiative is an investment program to develop and promote the creation of competitive high-growth companies in Hawaii.  In order for Hawaii to thrive in today’s…

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Governor Enacts Measure to Promote Hawaii’s Clean Energy Goals

Honolulu- Governor Neil Abercrombie signed into law today a measure aimed at helping the State of Hawaii achieve its clean energy goals by establishing a green infrastructure financing program. Senate Bill 1087 provides a lower cost financing alternative for Hawaii businesses and residents to utilize green infrastructure equipment and technology to reduce electricity consumption by leveraging clean energy technology. Building Hawaii’s clean energy infrastructure at a rate which is affordable for consumers is an essential…

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Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz to Discuss Whitmore Village Agricultural Development Plan

Honolulu —  Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz is inviting the public to a presentation of  his initiative, called the “Whitmore Village Agricultural Development Plan,”  today at 6:30 p.m. at the Wahiawa Public Library. The Whitmore Village Agricultural Development Plan is an effort to help revitalize the economy and agricultural production in Central Oahu. This initiative will enable us to revitalize a disadvantaged community and create jobs at every level of agriculture,” said Senator Donovan M….

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Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz Introduces Stricter Legislation for Dog Breeders

HONOLULU – Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz has introduced Senate Bill 2274, a measure that would require county animal control officers to establish a process for permitting and inspecting the premises of dog breeders. In February 2011, the Hawaiian Humane Society rescued 153 dogs from Bradley International, a commercial breeding operation in Waimanalo. The Waimanalo business has brought media attention and discussion about the industry. Moved by the news of the animal rescue, Senator Dela…

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Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz Introduces “Caylee’s Law”

HONOLULU—In reaction to the death of 2-year-old Caylee Anthony, Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz has introduced a measure that would make it a felony for a parent or guardian who fails to report a missing child 12 years old or younger within 48 hours to a law enforcement agency.  The bill, Senate Bill 2275, is being referred to as “Caylee’s Law.” The disappearance of Florida girl Caylee Anthony sparked public debate and outrage across the…

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Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz Introduces “Move Over” Bill

HONOLULU – In the wake of a recent tragic traffic fatality involving a Honolulu Police officer, Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz is introducing a measure that would require a driver to take certain safety precautions when approaching an emergency vehicle that is stopped ahead of a driver while performing official duties. Senate Bill 2663 requires approaching drivers to slow down and make a lane change to an adjacent lane away from the stopped emergency vehicle. …

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Senate Committee on Water, Land and Housing Hosting DLNR Listening Sessions on Hawai‘i Island

HILO—The Senate Committee on Water, Land and Housing (WLH) Chair Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz and Vice Chair Senator Malama Solomon in partnership with Senator Gilbert Kahele are hosting the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ (DLNR) Hawai‘i Island Listening Sessions on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5, 2011. The DLNR Administration team, including Chairperson William J. Aila, Jr., First Deputy Guy H. Kaulukukui, and Water Deputy Bill M. Tam from Honolulu, is visiting…

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