New Hawaii House Leadership Team Empowers Women and the Next Generation

Hawaii State House Speaker Scott K. Saiki announced his full leadership team today. His new leadership team for the House of Representatives will help to empower women and the next generation of leaders at the State Capitol.

From left: Rep. Jarrett Keohokalole, Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson, Rep. Mark M. Nakashima, Rep. Dee Morikawa, Rep. Della Au Belatti, House Speaker Scott Saiki, Rep. Cindy Evans, Rep. Henry J.C. Aquino, Rep. Kaniela Ing, and Rep. Justin Woodson

For the first time since statehood, three of the top four leadership positions will be filled by woman and seven of the total 11 leadership positions will be filled by lawmakers in their early 40s or younger. Representatives from all three neighbor island counties comprise nearly half of the leadership team.

From left: Rep. Dee Morikawa, Rep. Della Au Belatti, House Speaker Scott Saiki, and Rep. Cindy Evans

“As we look to build and reform the Hawaii State House of Representatives, it is important to ensure that women and the next generation of leaders are given the opportunity to lead under my tenure as Speaker. We have a real diversity of perspective and life experience in this leadership team that will position us well to lead the state on the many critical issues facing us today,” said Speaker Saiki.

The new House leadership includes:

  • Vice Speaker – Representative Della Au Belatti (District 24)
  • Majority Leader – Representative Cindy Evans (District 7), Hawaii Island
  • Majority Floor Leader – Representative Dee Morikawa (District 16), Kauai
  • Majority Policy Leaders – Representative Jarrett Keohokalole (District 48)
  • Representative Kaniela Ing (District 11), Maui
  • Majority Whips – Representative Henry J.C. Aquino (District 38)
  • Representative Aaron Ling Johanson (District 31)
  • Representative Chris Lee (District 51)
  • Representative Mark M. Nakashima (District 1), Hawaii Island
  • Representative Justin Woodson (District 9), Maui

Hawaii House Approves Gender Equity Amendment

Hawaii Island Representative Cindy Evans Successfully Amends Bill Relating to Boards and Commissions

The House of Representatives today approved SB858 which included an amendment to add a gender equity section . It was introduced by Representative Cindy Evans (North Kona, North Kohala, South Kohala) and asks that appointing authorities for boards and commissions strive to achieve the goal of equal gender representation.

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The section reads:

“The governor or relevant appointing authority, as far as practicable, shall strive for the goal of equal gender representation when appointing members to boards and commissions and shall give priority to achieving the goal of gender equity when appointing members to vacancies, at-large positions, and as alternates.”

“The amendment is a policy statement requesting the appointing authority to strive to achieve gender equality, it is not a mandate.  While I realize that qualified individuals need to sit on boards and commissions the glaring discrepancies in the makeup of these boards and commissions need to also be recognized and addressed,” said Evans.

“Half of our State’s population is female and working.  Yet there exists great disparities on several boards and commissions responsible for overseeing our industries and institutions that play significant roles in Hawaii.  For example, the University of Hawaii Board of Regents has 12 male members and 3 females; The Hawaii Tourism authority has 10 males and 2 females; and the Land Use Commission has 8 males and 1 female.  We need to be mindful of under representation and strive to correct it where it occurs,” noted Evans.

2011 Legislative Recap and Talk Story with Senator Malama Solomon and Representative Cindy Evans

“Gapping Deficit” only part of the 2011 Legislative Story:

Media Release:

The 2011 State Legislature faced a gaping deficit, and an urgent need to shrink government, create new 21st century jobs and protect essential services.

Richard Ha and Senator Malama Solomon share a moment

Richard Ha and Senator Malama Solomon share a moment

“These challenges dominated the news, but they are only part of the story,’ said Waimea-Hamakua-North Hilo Sen. Malama Solomon.

“Gov. Neil Abercrombie promised ‘A New Day for Hawai’i,’ and toward this end, we moved forward powerful new ideas – such as honoring our native Hawaiian host culture, re-prioritizing critical programs, and shifting gears toward energy and food self sufficiency,” she said. “Our greatest challenge wasn’t the bottom line.  It was being mindful that whatever we do impacts lives.”

To recap the 2011 Legislative session and discuss progress, urgent concerns and what they can do to best represent residents in the district, Sen. Malama Solomon and Rep. Cindy Evans invite the community to a talk-story at 5 p.m., Thurs., May 19, 2011 in Waimea School Cafeteria.

Everyone is invited.  Light refreshments will be provided.

This is the first of a series of community meetings to be hosted by the legislators.

If unable to attend or residents have urgent questions or concerns, they are invited to call or email:

Sen. Malama Solomon (974-4000 Ext. 67335 or 885-3553), email: SenSolomon@capitol.hawaii.gov.

Rep. Cindy Evans (974-4000 Ext. 68510), or email: RepEvans@capitol.hawaii.gov.

Hawaii House Representative Cindy Evans Introduced Bills

The following is a list of bills introduced by Hawaii House Representative Cindy Evans this year:

HB1 RELATING TO SPECIAL NUMBER PLATES.
HB2 RELATING TO THE HONOR AND REMEMBER FLAG.
HB29 RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLES.
HB30 RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLES.
HB31 RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.
HB57 RELATING TO NUCLEAR ENERGY.
HB59 RELATING TO INCOME TAX.
HB62 RELATING TO NUCLEAR ENERGY.
HR1 ELECTING THE TEMPORARY CHAIR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE TWENTY-SIXTH LEGISLATURE.
HB73 RELATING TO PREPAID CALLING CARDS.
HB76 RELATING TO HIGHWAY SAFETY.
HB100 RELATING TO VOTING.
HB109 RELATING TO THE SUNSHINE LAW.
HB111 RELATING TO MEDICAL TORTS.
HB124 RELATING TO LUPUS.
HB115 RELATING TO REAL PROPERTY.
HB116 RELATING TO MEDICAL ENTERPRISE ZONES.
HB125 RELATING TO CRIME.
HB118 RELATING TO THE GENERAL EXCISE TAX.
HB126 RELATING TO SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION.
HB121 MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR THE HAWAII CIVIL AIR PATROL.
HB123 RELATING TO INTRA-STATE AVIATION.
HB130 RELATING TO COMMUNITY REINTEGRATION.
HB131 RELATING TO CORRECTIONS.
HB132 RELATING TO THE COLLECTION OF DNA SAMPLES FROM ARRESTEES OF SEXUAL OFFENSES AGAINST MINORS.
HB133 RELATING TO LIMITATION OF ACTIONS.
HB134 RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS.
HB135 RELATING TO DOMESTIC ABUSE ORDERS.
HB153 RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY.
HB154 RELATING TO HISTORIC PRESERVATION.
HB155 RELATING TO BURIAL SITES.
HB178 RELATING TO GENERAL EXCISE TAX.
HB181 RELATING TO SAFETY EQUIPMENT.
HB183 RELATING TO GENERAL EXCISE TAXATION.
HB186 RELATING TO AN OFFICE OF LEGISLATIVE EXCHANGE.
HB338 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
HB380 RELATING TO GEOTHERMAL ENERGY.
HB497 RELATING TO SEXUAL OFFENSES.
HB501 RELATING TO MEMORIALS.
HB502 RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL FINES.
HB506 RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION.
HB508 RELATING TO THE FUNERAL INDUSTRY.
HB509 RELATING TO THE FUNERAL INDUSTRY.
HB576 RELATING TO CRIME.
HB577 RELATING TO CRIME.
HB512 RELATING TO PALLIATIVE CARE.
HB514 MAKING A GRANT FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT AND OPERATION OF A COMPREHENSIVE DEAF CENTER.
HB515 RELATING TO THE EMERGENCY AND BUDGET RESERVE FUND.
HB516 RELATING TO APPROPRIATIONS MADE OUT OF THE EMERGENCY AND BUDGET RESERVE FUND PURSUANT TO ACT 191, SESSION LAWS OF HAWAII 2010.
HB616 RELATING TO CHILD CUSTODY.
HB617 RELATING TO COMPUTERS.
HB618 RELATING TO OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC ORDER.
HB626 RELATING TO THE HAWAII UNIFORM COLLABORATIVE LAW ACT.
HB619 RELATING TO NET-ENERGY METERING.
HB620 RELATING TO TAX APPEALS.
HB627 RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
HB621 RELATING TO VOTER REGISTRATION.
HB622 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
HB623 RELATING TO OPERATION OF MOTOR VEHICLES.
HB624 RELATING TO AUTOCYCLES.
HB625 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
HB628 RELATING TO PUBLIC WORKS.
HB629 RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES.
HB630 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
HB631 RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL PARKS.
HB632 RELATING TO NOXIOUS WEEDS.
HB633 RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
HB634 RELATING TO MEDICAL LIABILITY.
HB635 RELATING TO AQUARIUM FISH.
HB665 RELATING TO CORRECTIONS.
HB666 RELATING TO CORRECTIONS.
HB667 RELATING TO FOOD SAFETY.
HB668 RELATING TO VETERANS.
HB669 RELATING TO HEALTH.
HB670 RELATING TO SPECIAL NUMBER PLATES.
HB671 RELATING TO PHARMACISTS.
HB672 RELATING TO PHARMACISTS.
HB673 RELATING TO THE EMPLOYEES’ RETIREMENT SYSTEM.
HB674 RELATING TO THE EMPLOYEES’ RETIREMENT SYSTEM.
HB697 RELATING TO HISTORIC PRESERVATION.
HB698 RELATING TO TAXATION.
HB700 RELATING TO SCHOOLS.
HB655 RELATING TO USE OF INTOXICANTS WHILE OPERATING A VEHICLE.
HB656 RELATING TO INTOXICATING LIQUOR.
HB657 RELATING TO THE DRIVER EDUCATION.
HB706 RELATING TO NATIVE HAWAIIANS.
HB707 RELATING TO TAXATION.
HB658 RELATING TO DRIVER EDUCATION.
HB659 RELATING TO SENTENCING.
HB708 RELATING TO HISTORIC PRESERVATION.
HB660 RELATING TO COUNTIES.
HB661 RELATING TO MORTGAGE FORECLOSURES.
HB709 RELATING TO HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE.
HB662 RELATING TO CREDIT CARD MARKETING.
HB663 RELATING TO CONTRACTS.
HB710 RELATING TO HISTORIC PRESERVATION.
HB664 RELATING TO HEALTH.
HB711 RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.
HB741 RELATING TO RECIPROCAL BENEFICIARIES.
HB742 RELATING TO ENERGY.
HB743 RELATING TO THE NATURAL ENERGY LABORATORY OF HAWAII AUTHORITY.
HB744 RELATING TO DAM SAFETY.
HB745 RELATING TO ENERGY.
HB746 RELATING TO HOME AND COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES FOR ELDERLY AND DISABLED PERSONS.
HB747 RELATING TO LIQUOR LIABILITY INSURANCE.
HB892 RELATING TO HISTORIC PRESERVATION.
HB893 RELATING TO PRIVATE ATTORNEY GENERAL.
HB895 RELATING TO STATE AGENCIES.
HB909 RELATING TO FAMILY COURT.
HB910 RELATING TO HAWAII GRANT OFFICE.
HB911 RELATING TO TAXATION.
HB912 RELATING TO THE NATURAL ENERGY LABORATORY OF HAWAII AUTHORITY.
HB913 RELATING TO TITLE INSURANCE.
HB984 RELATING TO SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.
HB996 RELATING TO STATE LAND LEASES.
HB986 RELATING TO TELEVISION AND FILM PRODUCTION.
HB1117 RELATING TO HOME OCCUPATIONS.
HB1161 RELATING TO ATTORNEYS.
HB1198 RELATING TO OCEAN RECREATION.
HB1223 RELATING TO THE KAHO‘OLAWE ISLAND RESERVE.
HB1224 RELATING TO THE KAHOOLAWE ISLAND RESERVE.
HB1228 RELATING TO WATER.
HB1229 RELATING TO ELECTRICITY RATES.
HB1230 RELATING TO BUILDING PERMITS.
HB1231 RELATING TO DROUGHT MITIGATION.
HB1232 MAKING AN APPROPRIATION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.
HB1246 RELATING TO ZIP LINES.
HB1255 RELATING TO PUBLIC LANDS.
HB1256 RELATING TO GEOTHERMAL ROYALTIES.
HB1257 RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES.
HB1258 RELATING TO THE BANYAN DRIVE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT.
HB1276 RELATING TO LIVESTOCK.
HB1334 RELATING TO FERAL ANIMALS.
HB1335 RELATING TO CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE SEVENTH REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT.
HB1282 RELATING TO REAL ESTATE LICENSES.
HB1283 RELATING TO TAXES.
HB1284 RELATING TO HEALTH CARE.
HB1285 RELATING TO THE TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS TAX.
HB1286 RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE REVENUE BONDS TO ASSIST BIOENERGY HAWAII, LLC.
HB1303 RELATING TO PUBLIC HOUSING.
HB1342 RELATING TO TELECOMMUNICATIONS.
HB1372 RELATING TO SMALL BOAT HARBORS.
HB1354 RELATING TO RECIPROCAL BENEFICIARIES.
HB1410 RELATING TO MORTGAGE FORECLOSURES.
HB1411 RELATING TO MORTGAGE FORECLOSURES.
HB1436 RELATING TO HARBORS.
HB1438 RELATING TO HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS.
HB1439 RELATING TO ELECTIONS.
HB1440 RELATING TO PRIMARY ELECTIONS.
HB1441 RELATING TO SMOKING.
HB1442 RELATING TO FISHING.
HB1475 RELATING TO FARM TO SCHOOL MONTH.
HB1484 RELATING TO MORTGAGE FORECLOSURES.
HB1485 RELATING TO E-VERIFY.
HB1486 RELATING TO SMALL BOAT HARBORS.
HB1487 RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY.
HB1488 RELATING TO LANDOWNER LIABILITY.
HB1489 RELATING TO DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS.
HB1490 RELATING TO ANIMALS.
HB1530 RELATING TO ATHLETIC CONTEST OFFICIALS.
HB1549 RELATING TO SECURITY BREACHES OF PERSONAL INFORMATION.
HB1550 RELATING TO THE PENAL CODE.
HB1573 RELATING TO PUBLIC HOUSING.
HB1577 PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE XI, SECTION 9, OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF HAWAII TO REAFFIRM AND STRENGTHEN THE STATE’S COMMITMENT TO ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS.
HB1614 RELATING TO A SILVER ALERT FOR MISSING SENIOR CITIZENS.
HB1615 RELATING TO GOVERNMENT.
HB1613 RELATING TO VOTING.
HB1599 RELATING TO ADOPTION RECORDS.
HB1642 RELATING TO HIGH TECHNOLOGY.
HB1638 RELATING TO PUBLIC BENEFIT CORPORATIONS.
HB1640 RELATING TO CERTIFICATES OF IDENTIFICATION.
HCR4 DECLARING THE MONTH OF MAY AS LUPUS AWARENESS MONTH IN HAWAII.
HCR5 REQUESTING THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO CONDUCT A STUDY ON WHETHER THE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF HAWAII’S SEX OFFENDER LAWS ARE BEING MET AND WHETHER SEX OFFENDER LAWS ARE BEING IMPLEMENTED IN THE WAY THEY WERE INTENDED.
HCR7 ENCOURAGING THE JOHN A. BURNS SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND THE SCHOOL OF NURSING AND DENTAL HYGIENE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII TO INCLUDE BREASTFEEDING IN EDUCATIONAL CURRICULUM TO EDUCATE MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS TO ADVOCATE AND PROMOTE BREASTFEEDING AMONG EXPECTANT MOTHERS.
HCR24 EXTENDING THE DEADLINE FOR THE HOME FOR LIFE TASK FORCE TO REPORT ITS FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR REDUCING BARRIERS TO AGING IN PLACE AND FACILITATING MULTIGENERATIONAL LIVING.
HCR25 REQUESTING THE AUDITOR TO CONDUCT AN IMPACT ASSESSMENT REPORT ON LEGISLATION. MANDATING COVERAGE OF PALLIATIVE CARE.
HCR27 URGING THE HONOLULU CITY COUNCIL TO EXTEND HISTORIC PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS TO INFILL HOMES WITHIN THE EWA VILLAGES HISTORIC DISTRICT.