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May 25, 2016

The 28th Legislature wrapped up its regular session earlier this month.  While a couple of bills are stinkers, for the most part, good work was accomplished this year.  The Governor will likely sign into law most of these initiatives, but he may also veto some.

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April 13, 2016

The 2016 Legislative Session is coming around the bend towards the finish line.  April 14th is the deadline by which all bills from either the House or Senate must have been approved by both chambers to be considered for passage.  This date is known as Second Crossover...

March 30, 2016

Over the last century, Alexander and Baldwin (A&B) built and expanded an impressive irrigation system to divert hundreds of millions of gallons of water daily (mgd) from east Maui to their sugar plantation lands in central Maui. The East Maui Irrigation system consists...

February 17, 2016

The legislative session is in full swing and several of my initiatives are moving forward.  All of the following bills cleared their first committee and are now referred to Ways and Means.  Should they pass out of this committee, they will likely be approved by the Sen...

January 20, 2016

The Hawaii State Legislature convenes each regular session on the third Wednesday of January at 10 a.m.  This January 20th will mark the start of the second regular session of the 28th Hawaii State Legislature.  Thousands of new bills will be introduced in the House an...

May 28, 2015

Unexpectedly, on the 59th day of the 60 day legislative session, Ron Kouchi became Senate President and reorganized the Senate.  The timing of the leadership change is highly unusual in that leadership decisions are usually made after elections and before legislative s...

March 5, 2015

I am often asked the difference between serving in the Senate and the House of Representatives.  Although many of the responsibilities are similar, one big difference is coming in to sharp focus.  As we know from civics class, the governor nominates his top officers, s...

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