President of the Senate Shan Tsutsui’s statement regarding the Governor’s U.S. Senate Appointment

“Congratulations to the Lieutenant Governor on his appointment to fill Senator Inouye’s vacant seat in the United States Senate.  I am confident that he will ably serve the State of Hawaii and honor the legacy that Senator Inouye has left behind.  I understand that by law, as Senate President, I would be next in line to succeed Lieutenant Governor Schatz.  I plan to discuss this prospect with the Governor and my family before making a…

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Hawaii State Senate President Shan Tsutsui’s Statement on the Passing of U.S. Senator Dan Inouye

Today, we have lost a true American hero.  Senator Dan Inouye served the people of Hawaii and our country with great dignity and honor.  A true statesman, his lifelong work has left an indelible mark on Hawaii and he leaves behind a legacy that we will never forget.  We express our heartfelt condolences to the Inouye ohana and our thoughts and prayers are with them.”

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Hawaii State Senate Confirms Peter Cahill to the Maui Second Circuit Court

HONOLULU — In a Special Session, the Hawai‘i State Senate today confirmed the appointment of Peter T. Cahill as Judge for the Circuit Court of the Second Circuit, located on Maui. Cahill was nominated by the Judicial Selection Commission to fill the vacancy left open by the recent retirement of Judge Shackley F. Raffetto. “Judge Cahill has established himself as a person of great integrity and diligence,” said Senate President Shan Tsutsui, who represents Wailuku,…

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Hawaii State Senate Confirms Judge Pollack to the Supreme Court

HONOLULU – In a Special Session, the Hawaii State Senate today confirmed Judge Richard W. Pollack as an Associate Justice to the Supreme Court.  He was nominated by Governor Neil Abercrombie and was subject to Senate confirmation.  Justice Pollack fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice James E. Duffy, Jr. “We are confident that Justice Pollack will serve the Supreme Court well with his extensive experience as a judge in the Circuit Court,”…

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Hawaii State Senate Stays the Course in 2012 Legislative Session

Job Creation, Education, Shoring up the Safety Net and Improving IT Infrastructure HONOLULU –  The Hawaii State Senate adjourned on this final day of the 2012 Legislative Session, passing many bills in support of its priorities set forth at the beginning of the session.  Throughout the second year of the legislative biennium, the overarching themes and priorities of the Senate were in alignment with Governor Abercrombie’s “A New Day in Hawaii.” We advanced important measures…

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Hawaii State Senate Lends a Helping Hand to the Hawaii Foodbank

HONOLULU — The Hawaii State Senate today helped Hawaii’s residents in need by donating to the Hawaii Foodbank.  Senate President Shan Tsutsui presented a $9,400 check to the organization this morning. The Hawaii State Senate raised the money through a drive for the Hawaii Foodbank, which began mid-February and wrapped up at the end of April.  This year, a couple of unique fundraisers were held, including Senator Mike Gabbard’s “Capitol Idol” and Senator Clayton Hee’s…

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Hawaii State Senate Confirms Maui Resident Adrianne N. Heely as District Family Court Judge

HONOLULU — The Hawaii State Senate today confirmed Adrianne N. Heely as judge for the District Family Court of the Second Circuit, located on Maui. Judge Heely’s diverse professional experience as an attorney in various aspects of government operations and within the Judiciary is highlighted by her strong integrity and credibility,” said Senate President Shan Tsutsui, who represents District 4 (Wailuku, Waihee, Kahului, Paia, and Lower Paia).  “I am confident that she will serve with…

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Maui Residents Confirmed to Hawaii State Commission on Water Resource Management

HONOLULU — The Hawaii State Senate today confirmed Maui residents Jonathan Starr and Ted Yamamura to the Hawaii State Commission on Water Resource Management. Yamamura and Starr were both nominated by Governor Abercrombie and were subject to Senate confirmation. Both Mr. Yamamura and Mr. Starr are highly qualified individuals who will contribute to the Commission with their background and expertise,” said Senate President, who represents District 4, encompassing Wailuku, Waihee, Kahului, Paia, and Lower Paia….

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Maui Memorial Medical Center Among State Facilities Slated for Repair and Maintenance

HONOLULU — The Hawaii State Senate is expected to vote on House Bill 2145 tomorrow. The bill includes the Senate’s flagship initiative, known as “The Invest in Hawaii Act of 2012.” The measure 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. Ahead of the Senate’s floor vote, Senate President Shan Tsutsui visited Maui Memorial…

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Settlement Regarding Ceded Lands Heading to Governor’s Desk

HONOLULU – Senate Bill 2783, relating to public trust lands, was passed out of the House of Representatives today.  The bill will make its way to the Governor next. This is an historic day for the State of Hawaii, as many have waited decades for a resolution to this issue regarding ceded lands,” said Senate President Shan Tsutsui.  “I commend all parties involved for their hard work and commitment to shepherding the passage of this…

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