Tuesday, November 13, 2018

NINE NEW REPRESENTATIVES JOIN HOUSE MAJORITY FOR IMPORTANT 2019 LEGISLATIVE SESSION




Representatives Stacelynn Kehaulani Eli (from left), Troy Hashimoto, Rida Cabanilla, Scot Matayoshi, Speaker Scott K. Saiki, David Tarnas, Dale Kobayashi, Christine M.L. Wildberger and Lisa Kitagawa. 



Honolulu, HawaiʻiHouse Speaker Scott K. Saiki and the House Majority Democrats are pleased to welcome nine newly elected Representatives to the 2019 Legislature.
"The incoming Representatives are a very diverse, energetic group and will make a significant contribution to the legislature," said Speaker Saiki.
The nine new members are moving into their offices, hiring staff and receiving training on the legislative process. The group embodies one of the largest freshmen classes at the legislature in recent history. The House has a total of 51 members statewide.
The new representatives include five women and four men, ranging in age from their 30s to 60s.  Two are returning lawmakers, three represent the neighbor islands, and the backgrounds of the nine members reflect various occupations including educators, business people and attorneys.
The new representatives are:
·         Rida Cabanilla, District 41 (ʻEwa Villages, ʻEwa Beach, ʻEwa Gentry, Ocean Pointe)
·         Stacelynn Kehaulani Eli, District 43 (ʻEwa Villages, Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Nanakai Gardens, Ko ‘Olina, Kahe Point, Nānākuli, Lualualei, Māiʻli)
·         Troy Hashimoto, District 8 (Kahakuloa, Waihe‘e, Waiehu, Pu‘uohala, Wailuku, Waikapū)
·         Lisa Kitagawa, District 48 (Kāne‘ohe, Kahalu‘u, Waiāhole)
·         Dale Kobayashi, District 23 (Mānoa, Punahou, Mōʻiliʻili, University)
·         Scot Matayoshi, District 49 (Kāne‘ohe, Mauanwili, Olomana)
·         Amy Perruso, District 46, (Wahiawā, Whitmore Village and Launani Valley)
·         David Tarnas, District 7 (North Kona, South Kohala, North Kohala)
·         Christine M.L. Wildberger, District 11 (Kīhei, Wailea, Mākena)
The 2019 Legislative Session begins at 10 a.m. on January 16, 2019.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP AND COMMITTEE CHAIR ASSIGNMENTS FOR THE THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE


House Speaker Scott K. Saiki is pleased to announce the Representatives who will be part of the House Leadership and the committee chair assignments for the Thirtieth Legislature.
"The House of Representatives has organized in record time. Our new leadership team and committee chairs reflect the diversity of the House and the entire state," said Speaker Saiki. "We know that there are significant policy issues that need to be resolved and our team is prepared to address them in the upcoming legislative session."
The committee structure has been adjusted to combine related subject areas, focus committee jurisdictions on critical issues, and streamline the hearing process.

LEADERSHIP
SPEAKER                                                      Scott K. Saiki
VICE SPEAKER                                           Mark M. Nakashima
MAJORITY LEADER                                   Della Au Belatti
MAJORITY FLOOR LEADER                    Dee Morikawa
ASSISTANT MAJORITY LEADER            Tom Brower
MAJORITY WHIPS                                      Henry J.C. Aquino
                                                                        Aaron Ling Johanson
                                                                        Bertrand Kobayashi
                                                                        Chris Lee
                                                                        Nicole E. Lowen
                                                                        Nadine K. Nakamura
                                                                        Takashi Ohno
                                                                        Joy A. San Buenaventura
                                                                        Justin H. Woodson

COMMITTEE CHAIRS
AGRICULTURE                                                                               Richard P. Creagan
CONSUMER PROTECTION & COMMERCE                               Roy M. Takumi
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & BUSINESS                               Angus L.K. McKelvey
EDUCATION                                                                                    Justin H. Woodson
ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION                         Nicole E. Lowen
FINANCE                                                                                          Sylvia Luke
HEALTH                                                                                            John M. Mizuno
HOUSING                                                                                         Tom Brower
HUMAN SERVICES & HOMELESSNESS                                    Joy A. San Buenaventura
INTRASTATE COMMERCE                                                           Takashi Ohno
JUDICIARY                                                                                      Chris Lee
LABOR & PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT                                             Aaron Ling Johanson
LEGISLATIVE MANAGEMENT                                                    Ty J.K. Cullen
PUBLIC SAFETY, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS           Gregg Takayama
TRANSPORTATION                                                                        Henry J.C. Aquino
TOURISM & INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS                                  Richard H.K. Onishi
WATER, LAND, & HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS                                    Ryan I. Yamane

Committee member assignments will be announced prior to Opening Day.

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