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New Judges Sworn In – Remigio, Eddins, and Hiraoka Sworn In

It was standing room only in the Supreme Court Courtroom on Friday, April 7, 2017, as the Hawaii State Supreme Court convened in special session for the purpose of inducting the Honorable Catherine H. Remigio, along with Todd W. Eddins, and Keith K. Hiraoka into office as judges of the Circuit Court of the First Circuit.

Hawaii’s new First Circuit Court judges Todd Eddins, Catherine Remigio, and Keith Hiraoka were sworn into office by Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald on April 7, 2017. Judge Eddins, Judge Remigio, and Judge Hiraoka will each serve a ten-year term from April 7, 2017 to April 6, 2027.

The oath of office was administered by Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald.  Guest speakers were, in order of presentation:  Hawaii State Bar Association President Nadine Y. Ando, Hawaii State Trial Judges Association President Jeannette H. Castagnetti, Judicial Selection Commission Chair Dr. Jackie Young, Senate President Ronald D. Kouchi, and Governor of Hawaii David Y. Ige.

A Message From Senator Kahele – Rat Lungworm Disease

Aloha,

For this week’s legislative update, I want to focus on Senate Bill 272, Senate Draft 2, House Draft 1 (SB272 SD2 HD1), Relating to Rat Lungworm Disease. With the recent flurry of news stories covering Rat Lungworm Disease in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Civil Beat and even the Atlantic, I feel it particularly important to update you on what the legislature is doing to address the situation.

SB272 SD2 HD1 appropriates an unspecified amount of funds to the University of Hawai`i at Hilo for programs, studies, and activities related to the prevention and eradication of rat lungworm disease. We know that we have to appropriately fund these efforts to put an end to this menace.

Currently, SB272 SD2 HD1 has passed third reading in the House. The Senate has already communicated its disagreement to the HD1 version because it changes the effective date to July 31, 2150. This strategy is known as “defecting the effective date” and either kills the bill or forces it into conference since it is a forgone conclusion that neither house will pass a bill with such an unrealistic implementation date.

Hopefully, this bill will go to conference. If it does, Representative Richard Creagan and I will likely be the lead-chairs for the conference committee and we’ll be able to work with our colleagues to put out a draft both houses can support.

As we move forward, stay up-to-date on this effort by following its progress on our capitol website or our weekly updates. Mahalo for all your support!

Me ka ha’aha’a,
Kaiali’i Kahele