PAR Coming to Big Island

*BUMP* TODAY in Pahoa

When I worked at the State Capitol, the Public Access Room (PAR) was the place that anybody and anyone could enter the state capitol and gain access to many things.  They had typewriters for people afraid of computers, they had computers to write testimony, it had xerox machines, phones, and tables for gathering, as well as a place to get help in writing testimony and other legislative resources.

I just noticed on the Senate Majority Blog the following:

In preparation for the 2009 State legislative session, free workshops designed to educate and encourage public participation in the State legislative process will be offered at numerous Big Island locations in early December. The workshops will be presented by Suzanne Marinelli, the Public Access Coordinator at the Public Access Room (PAR), a division of the State of Hawai‘i’s non-partisan Legislative Reference Bureau.

Schedule of workshops on the Big Island:

  • Wednesday 12/10/08, 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Hilo Public Library

  • Thursday 12/11/08, 6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Keeau Public Library

  • Friday 12/12/08, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Naalehu School Cafeteria

  • Monday 12/15/08, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Pahoa Public Library

  • Tuesday 12/16/08, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Waimea Thelma Parker Library

  • Wednesday 12/17/08, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Kona Liquor Control Conference Room  (75-5722 Hanama Place, #1107, Kailua-Kona)

Ms. Marinelli’s workshops are engaging and interactive, and will focus on understanding how to participate in the legislative process without having to leave the Big Island; tips on writing good testimony (and ensuring it gets in the right hands at the right place and the right time!); and experienced advice and encouragement on the importance of participation by informed citizens. Participants will leave with useful resources and renewed inspiration.

For additional information on the workshops, or to arrange for individual consultation or group workshops, residents are invited to contact the Public Access Room toll free from the Big Island at 974-4000 ext.7-0478 or email [To communicate via the TTY device, please use ext. 7-0749. If special assistance or services (such as sign language interpreters) are needed, please contact the PAR as soon as possible.]

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