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Bill Addressing Rock Climbing on Government Land on its Way to the Full Senate Vote

Senate Bill 1168 was passed through its final committee and will go before the full Senate for consideration next week.  If passed, the bill will go to the House for consideration.

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The bill clarifies the State Tort Liability Act, stating that no public entity or public employee will be held liable to any person for injury or damage sustained on government land while mountain climbing, rock climbing, rappelling and bouldering.

“The bill received an overwhelming amount of support, which we took into consideration while hearing the measure,” said Senator Malama Solomon, chair of the Senate Committee on Water and Land.  “This bill will release the State from being responsible for anyone’s injuries while participating in climbing activities on state land.”

The Department of Land and Natural Resources, State Attorney General, Access Fund, and Change.org. supported the measure, while the Hawaii Association for Justice and numerous individuals opposed the bill.

 

Art at the Capitol 2012: What’s on Your Wall, Senator Malama Solomon

Senator Malama Solomon talks about two of her favorite art pieces which are displayed in her office. The works of art include an acrylic on canvas by Carolyn Parrish entitled, “Stormy Day at Coconut Island,” and an oil on canvas by Paul Yardley entitled, “North Kauai.”

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The public will be able to view these pieces and other works of art on March 2, 2012 at the 4th Annual Art at the Capitol from 5 – 7 p.m.

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.