“We the Powerful” Legislative Workshops on Big Island

Suzanne Marinelli explains information about the legislature last year in the Pahoa Library

Between December 11 and December 16, the Public Access Room (the “PAR”) will conduct a series of free neighborhood workshops entitled, “We the Powerful!”  These workshops are designed to demystify the State lawmaking process and will demonstrate ways that people can speak out at the legislature without ever having to leave the Big Island. All are welcome.  No registration or prior experience is required.

The PAR, a division of the State of Hawaii’s non-partisan Legislative Reference Bureau, is the public’s office at the State Capitol and has long been devoted to assisting residents as they engage in State legislative government. There is never a fee for services.

PAR’s workshops are designed to be useful to both newcomers and veterans of the legislative process.  Covered topics will include delivering effective testimony, making sense of deadlines, and using the latest innovations on the Legislature’s website.  Renewed inspiration to be part of the solution will be the overriding theme.

Here is the schedule of PAR workshops for December:

Thursday          December 10 5:30 p.m.        Honokaa Public Library

Monday           December 14 6:00 p.m.        Naalehu School Cafeteria

Tuesday           December 15 5:30 p.m.        Hilo Public Library

Wednesday      December 16 5:30 p.m.        Kailua-Kona Liquor Control Conference Room,

75-5722 Hanama Place, Room 1107

For additional information, or to arrange for individual tutorials or group workshops, residents are invited to contact the Public Access Room toll free from Hawaii Island at 974 4000 ext.7-0478 or via email at par@capitol.hawaii.gov. Please contact PAR directly to make arrangements if special assistance or services such as sign language interpreters are needed.

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