Governor Abercrombie on “Our Voyage Together”

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Media Release:

Since becoming Governor, I have assembled a team of talented and dedicated public servants to lead our sixteen state departments–and I have been working to formulate a fair and balanced approach to the challenges facing our state.

Yesterday, in my first State of the State address, I presented a plan that will balance the budget, speed up our recovery, result in increased revenues and create a healthy, functioning government.

Although our goal is to present ideas that are well

considered and developed–products of conversations with lawmakers, academics, private businesses, workers, nonprofits, and community leaders–I am wide open to other ideas. I want to hear from you. Don’t hesitate to send me your comments, ideas, and concerns.

As I’ve said many times, the challenge before us is not to balance a budget. Our challenge is to ensure that our values and priorities are reflected in the decisions we make and actions we take. I am asking every person—each legislator, administrator, business owner, worker, advocate, teacher, doctor, parent—each and every citizen to help. Everyone must be prepared to contribute.

I’m counting on you…just as I know you are counting on me. I’m proud to be your Governor.

Imua Hawaii!

Neil Abercrombie
Governor, State of Hawaii

 

Women’s Legislative Caucus to Unveil 2011 Legislative Package

Media Release:

The Women’s Legislative Caucus of the Hawaii State Legislature will unveil their package of proposed bills for the 2011 session on Thursday, January 27, 2011, at 1:00 p.m., in Room 423 at the Hawaii State Capitol.  The 15 bills and five resolutions are in the priority areas of crime, corrections, healthcare, domestic abuse, and political action.  Descriptions of the proposals are listed below.

The package this year is dedicated to Dr. Tricia Wright, Founder of the Perinatal Addiction Treatment of Hawaii (PATH) program and clinic. Dr. Wright is an Assistant Professor at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health.  PATH works with high-risk, pregnant women including those who have unintended pregnancies, those who smoke during pregnancy, and women who binge drink or are obese prior to pregnancy.

The members of the Women’s Legislative Caucus are:

Representatives: Karen Awana, Della Au Belatti, Rida Cabanilla, Mele Carroll, Corinne Ching, Cindy Evans, Faye Hanohano, Sharon Har, Linda Ichiyama, Georgette “Jo” Jordan, Marilyn Lee, Sylvia Luke, Barbara Marumoto, Daynette “Dee” Morikawa, Hermina Morita, Kymberly Pine, Cynthia Thielen, Jessica Wooley.

Senators: Rosalyn Baker, Suzanne Chun Oakland, Carol Fukunaga, Michelle Kidani, Donna Mercado Kim, Pohai Ryan, Maile Shimabukuro, Malama Solomon, Jill Tokuda.

BILLS (15)

RELATING TO CRIME

Sexual offenses against minors; statute of limitations: Eliminates the statue of limitations for civil actions brought by persons subjected to sexual offenses as a minor.  (SEN. SHIMABUKURO)

RELATING TO LIMITATION OF ACTIONS

Parental responsibility and liability: Creates the misdemeanor offense of inadequate supervision of a minor for a parent or legal guardian who fails to exercise reasonable care, supervision, protection or control over their minor child.  (SEN. SHIMABUKURO)

RELATING TO HEALTHCARE

Compassionate care: Emergency contraception in the ER.  Requires hospitals and providers of emergency medical care to provide survivors of sexual assault with medically and factually accurate unbiased information regarding emergency contraception about sexual assault treatment options and access to emergency contraception.  (REP. M. LEE, REP. MORITA)

RELATING TO CORRECTIONS

Pregnant inmates; prohibit shackling: Prohibits physically restraining pregnant inmates, unless extraordinary circumstances exist (i.e. prevention, escaping or injuring herself or others.)  (REP. M. LEE)

RELATING TO AN AUTOMATED VICTIM NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

Requires department of public safety to establish a statewide automated victim notification system providing crime victims with current information regarding the offender’s custodial status.  (REP. M. LEE, REP. THIELEN)

RELATING TO SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION

Amends the sex offender registration law to include violation of privacy offenses, including voyeurism.  Requires registration for offenders subject to sex offender registration or notification in their jurisdiction of conviction. Repeals obsolete or unnecessary provisions. Creates a tier classification for covered offenses that are not expressed classified.  (REP. M. LEE)

PATH CLINIC APPROPRIATION

Appropriates moneys for the continued operation of the Perinatal Addiction Treatment of Hawaii program and clinic.  (REP. M. LEE)

RELATING TO DOMESTIC ABUSE ORDERS

Allows a temporary restraining order to remain in effect for 90 days or until service of a protective order, whichever occurs first.  Also amends law to provide that protective orders orally stated by the court on the record shall be effective upon service on the respondent.   (SEN. TOKUDA, SEN. KIDANI)

RELATING TO LUPUS

Requires the director of the health to establish a working group to develop a plan to increase education and awareness of lupus.  (REP. MARUMOTO)

RELATING TO CRIME

Removes statute of limitations for prosecution of rape cases.  (REP. MARUMOTO)

RELATING TO PROSTITUTION

Provides that the county may impound vehicles used in the commission of street prostitution in specified zones as established by the counties.  (REP. MARUMOTO)

RELATING TO DNA COLLECTION FOR VIOLENT CRIMES

Requires DNA collection from those arrested on violent felony charges.  While all states require DNA collection for felony convictions, most states have begun considering bills to require collection for felony arrests.  (REP. MARUMOTO)

RELATING TO THE COLLECTION OF DNA SAMPLES FROM ARRESTEES OF SEXUAL OFFENSES AGAINST MINORS

Mandates the collection of DNA samples from arrestee for sex offenses against minors. Effective July 1, 2012.  (REP. MARUMOTO)

RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS

Employment practices: domestic violence. Prohibits employers from discriminating against an employee or applicant for employment based upon the employee’s or the applicant’s status as a victim of domestic violence.  (SEN. BAKER)

COMMUNITY BASED REINTEGRATION PROGRAM

Requires Department of Public Safety to develop a plan to use current funding resources to improve community based programs to assist female offender’s transition back into the community.  (REP. HANOHANO)

RESOLUTIONS (5)

DECLARING THE MONTH OF MAY AS LUPUS AWARENESS MONTH IN HAWAII

While lupus can occur in men, ninety percent of the sufferers are women in their childbearing years, particularly affecting Native Hawaiian women, Pacific Island women and women of Asian descent.  People with lupus have many different symptoms, but the most common are fatigue, muscle and joint pain, skin disorders, inflammation of internal organs and inflammation of the vascular and nervous systems.  (REP. MARUMOTO)

REQUESTING THE HAWAII MEDICAL BOARD, BOARD OF PSYCHOLOGY, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST PROGRAM, AND MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR PROGRAM TO DEVELOP EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL TO PRINT, DISPLAY, AND MAKE AVAILABLETO PATIENTS INFORMING THEM OF THE APPLICABLE ETHICAL STANDARDS RELATING TO SEXUAL BOUNDARIES IN THE PROVIDER-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP

(REP. MARUMOTO)

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

Human breast milk is safe and contains antibodies that help protect infants from common childhood illnesses, including diarrhea and pneumonia, which are the two primary causes of child mortality worldwide.   (REP. THIELEN)

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

In 1996, the federal government enacted what has become known as “Megan’s Law,” requiring states to collect and release relevant information necessary to protect the public from sexual offenders.   (REP. THIELEN)

RECOGNIZING THE NEED TO REACH OUT TO HAWAII WOMEN AND ENGAGE THEM IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS

(Patsy Mink PAC) The legislature is requested to encourage women of Hawaii to actively play an important leadership role in planning and execution of legislative priorities.   (REP. ICHIYAMA)

Lost Footage: Jaz & Jay-Z Hawaiian Sophie

This is awesome!

Back before Jay-Z became famous he filmed this video called “Hawaiian Sophie” with Jaz.

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I wish I would have known of this song back in the 80’s!

Puna and Pahoa… Early 2011 Legislative Bills

Taking a quick look at some of the early bills introduced with the keywords of Pahoa and Puna bring up the following bills that have been introduced so far:

1. HB322.DOC HB322 Status
Context:  …State do not have ready access to potable water.  There are approximately thirty thousand to sixty thousand persons in rural areas of Hawaii that rely on water catchment to meet their potable water needs, and the majority of households that rely on catchment water are located on Hawaii island in the Puna, Kau, and Hamakua districts.  The legislature further finds that federal moneys are available for local water supply projects through the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service.  The legislature finds that the provision of potable water to each populated area of the State offers the opportunity …
Filesize: 15658
Electronic File Date: 1/21/2011 4:13:50 PM

2. HB318.DOC HB318 Status
Context:  …shall be the vice director of civil defense.  The task force shall include the following members or their designee:      (1)  Mayor of the County of Hawaii;      (2)  The representative of the 4th representative district;      (3)  The representative of the 5th representative district;      (4)  The senator of the 2nd senatorial district;      (5)  Hawaii County Council members representing lower Puna and Kau;      (6)  Director of Hawaii county civil defense;      (7)  Director of Hawaii county department of public works;      (8)  East Hawaii chair of the department of education;      (9)  Chairperson of the board of agriculture;     (…
Filesize: 15948
Electronic File Date: 1/21/2011 4:34:48 PM

3. HB695.DOC HB695 Status
Context:  …to other indigenous and minority populations, native Hawaiians have the highest rates of untreated medical and psychological conditions in the United States.  Recent concerns include the widespread impact of crystal methamphetamine addiction and related issues, which are especially prevalent in areas with a large native Hawaiian population, such as Waianae, Molokai, Waimanalo, Maui, Puna, and Kau.  The crystal methamphetamine epidemic, coupled with the economic and cultural distress of the native Hawaiian population, has created unprecedented demand for services from an already overburdened mental health system.  Further exacerbating the dire need for mental health treatment is the reluctance of individuals from …
Filesize: 47235
Electronic File Date: 1/21/2011 8:54:06 PM

4. SB1116.DOC SB1116 Status
Context:  …the blood of the races inhabiting the Hawaiian Islands previous to 1778.] elected pursuant to section B(a) of this Act, as follows:      (1)  Two shall reside, and be registered to vote, on the island of Hawaii; provided that one member shall reside in east Hawaii in one of the districts of Puna, South Hilo, North Hilo, or Hamakua, and the other shall reside in west Hawaii in one of the districts of North Kohala, South Kohala, North Kona, South Kona, or kau;      (2)  One shall reside, and be registered …
Filesize: 34786
Electronic File Date: 1/24/2011 5:06:46 PM

5. HB912.DOC HB912 Status
Context:  …Hawaii and natural energy laboratory of Hawaii authority, entered into on July 13, 2001, as “Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Site, Parts 1, 2, and 3”, more particularly described in exhibit A to that lease and shown on the map marked exhibit B to that lease; and      (2)  All fast and submerged lands situate at Kapoho, Puna, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii, identified in C.S.F. No. 18,422 (September 15, 1978) and on tax map key 1-4-01:1, and otherwise known as Hawaii geothermal research station.      In order to effectuate the foregoing conveyance, the natural …
Filesize: 17701
Electronic File Date: 1/24/2011 5:20:42 PM

1. SB1131.DOC SB1131 Status
Context:  …every county.  Unacceptable congestion currently occurs on Queen Kaahumanu highway and on Keaau-Pahoa road in the county of Hawaii, on Honoapiilani highway and on …Kealakehe Parkway Extension from Keanalehu Drive to Kealakaa Street.                Total funding                        $      (T)  Hawaii – Keaau-Pahoa Road shoulder lane conversion, Keaau Bypass Road to Shower Drive;… construction of the Keaau-Pahoa Road shoulder lane conversion from Keaau Bypass Road to Shower Drive.      …Total funding                        $      (U)  Hawaii – Keaau-Pahoa Road improvements, Keaau to Pahoa, phase I and II;…
Filesize: 136192
Electronic File Date: 1/24/2011 5:53:20 PM

2. SB282.DOC SB282 Status
Context:  …A.   System improvements           Construction                $2,500,000           Total funding                              $2,500,000 2.   Volcano School of Arts and Sciences      A.   Seven new classroom buildings           Plans                         $308,950           Design                        $308,950           Construction                $6,179,000           Total funding                              $6,796,900 3.   Pahoa Elementary School, Hawaii      A.   Cafeteria           Plans and design              $900,000           Construction                $8,100,000           Total funding                              $9,000,000 4.   Naalehu Elementary and Intermediate School, Hawaii      A.   Administration and library building           Plans and design            $1,000,000           Construction                $9,000,000           Total funding                             $10,…
Filesize: 19077
Electronic File Date: 1/21/2011 7:35:28 PM