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“Your Voice” Learn to Legislate – Big Island Workshops Announced

Now is an ideal time to learn more about the State law-making process. There’s enough time to let legislators know what you’d like them to focus on when session begins in January. And it’s a great time to pick up tips on how to add your views when things get rolling.

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To help, the Legislature’s Public Access Room (PAR) is offering office hours and a free legislative workshop, “Your Voice,” at numerous locations on the Big Island.

Topics include understanding the legislative process, deadlines, and power dynamics, as well as tips and techniques on effective lobbying, testifying, and communicating with Senators and Representatives. “How-To” guides, informational handouts, and other resources will be available.

Prior to each presentation, there will be an “office hour” for those who want to drop in to pick up information or ask questions.  The one-hour “Your Voice” workshop will follow at the times noted below.

  • Kailua-Kona – Wed., Oct. 12, 6:00 p.m., West Hawai’i Civic Center, Community Hale; 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway
  • Waimea – Thu. Oct. 13, 6:00 p.m., Thelma Parker Memorial Library; 67-1209 Mamalahoa Hwy
  • Volcano – Mon. Oct. 17, 12:00 noon, Volcano Arts Center; 19-4074 Old Volcano Road
  • Ocean View – Mon. Oct. 17,   6:00 p.m., Ocean View Community Center; 92-8924 Leilani Circle
  • Hilo – Tue. Oct. 18, 6:00 p.m., Hilo Public Library; 300 Waianuenue Ave
  • Honokaa – Wed. Oct. 19, 6:00 p.m., North Hawaii Educational Resource Center (NHERC) 45-539 Plumeria Street, Computer Lab
  • Pahoa – Thu. Oct. 20, 6:00 p.m., Pahoa Community Center; Kauhale Street

While registration for the free workshops is encouraged, drop-ins are always welcome. To register, get additional information, or ask about additional workshops during this annual visit, contact PAR ─ 808/587-0478 (toll free from the Big Island= 974-4000, x 7-0478) or par@capitol.hawaii.gov.

Legislative Workshops to Be Held on the Big Island

Beginning next Monday, December 10, Suzanne Marinelli will travel to Big Island on behalf of the Legislative Reference Bureau’s non-partisan Public Access Room to conduct a series of free workshops on our state’s legislative process.

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This outreach is part of a longstanding program developed by our office in which we travel throughout the state in advance of the legislative session beginning each January, to help our citizens develop a deeper understanding of Hawaii’s legislative process.

The workshops provide an easy path to helping people become more effective advocates for the issues that concern them.  They demystify the goings-on at the Capitol; they help people understand that their perspectives, their experiences, are crucial to the development of good laws for Hawaii.

If you have any questions, feel free to call us directly at 808 587 0478.  The toll-free number from the Big Island is 974 4000, ext. 70478.

Get a Lawmaker to Pass a Law for You… Big Island Informational Sessions

Between December 12 and December 17, the Public Access Room (the “PAR”) will conduct a series of free neighborhood workshops entitled, “We the Powerful!”  These 1½-hour meetings 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 home.  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 an overview of the Legislature’s newly-redesigned website, understanding the legislative process, delivering effective testimony, and making sense of the calendar and deadlines.  Renewed inspiration to be part of the solution will be the overriding theme.

The schedule of PAR’s December presentations is as follows:

  • Monday, December 12th – 6:00 p.m.  Mountain View Public Library
  • Tuesday, December 13th – 5:00 p.m.  Hilo Public Library
  • Wednesday, December 14th – 5:30 p.m. Waimea Thelma Parker Library Conference Room
  • Thursday, December 15th – 6:00 p.m. Naalehu School Cafeteria
  • Saturday, December 17th, 12:00 noon Kailua-Kona Civic Center’s Liquor Control Conference Room

For additional information, or to arrange for individual tutorials 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 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.

Big Island to Host Free Workshops on How the Legislative Process Works Here in Hawaii

“We the Powerful!”

Discover the Public’s Power in the Legislative Process

Media Release:

Between December 13 and December 16, the Public Access Room (the “PAR”) will conduct a series of free neighborhood workshops entitled, “We the Powerful!”  These 1½-hour meetings 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 in December:

Monday           December 13, 2010  5:30 p.m.      Kailua-Kona

Liquor Control Conference Room, 75-5722 Hanama Place, Room 1107

Tuesday           December 14, 2010  6:00 p.m.      Naalehu School Cafeteria

Wednesday      December 15, 2010  5:30 p.m.      Hilo Public Library

Thursday          December 16, 2010  5:30 p.m.      Honokaa Public Library

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.