Friday, October 18, 2019

REPRESENTATIVE KITAGAWA, HOUSE LEADERSHIP INVITE KĀNEʻOHE, KAHALUʻU, WAIĀHOLE RESIDENTS TO LAWMAKERS LISTEN COMMUNITY MEETING


WHO:             Representative Lisa Kitagawa
House Speaker Scott K. Saiki and House Leadership

WHAT:          Lawmakers Listen, community meeting

WHEN:          Tuesday, October 22
                        6:30 p.m.

WHERE:       Benjamin Parker Elementary School Cafeteria
45-259 Waikalua Road, Kāneʻohe


Honolulu, Hawaiʻi – The public is invited to join Representative Lisa Kitagawa (Kāneʻohe, Kahaluʻu, Waiāhole) and members of the House of Representatives Leadership team for an open discussion about the upcoming Legislative session and important community topics including education, environmental, homelessness, and family issues on October 22 at Benjamin Parker Elementary School Cafeteria.
Members of the community are invited to share their questions and concerns directly with Rep. Kitagawa, Speaker of the House Scott K. Saiki, Majority Leader Della Au Belatti, Majority Floor Leader Dee Morikawa, and Labor & Public Employment Committee Chair Aaron Ling Johanson.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

CONSUMER PROTECTION COMMITTEES TO HOLD BRIEFING ON YOUTH VAPING EPIDEMIC


WHO:             Representative Roy M. Takumi, Chair, House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce
Senator Rosalyn H. Baker, Chair, Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health


WHAT:          Informational Briefing seeking solutions to end the youth vaping epidemic


WHEN:          Thursday, October 17
                        10 a.m.

                       
WHERE:       Hawaiʻi State Capitol
                        Room 309


Honolulu, Hawaiʻi –The House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce and the Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health Committee will hold an informational briefing on the youth vaping epidemic at 10 a.m. Thursday, October 17 in room 309 at the State Capitol.

Youth vaping is a serious public health issue and recently there has been a dramatic increase in use of electronic smoking devices by Hawaiʻi's youth. Only 4.7 percent of Hawaiʻi adults report use of electronic smoking devices as compared to 26 percent of our public high school students with numbers up to 34 percent for the neighbor islands. The national vaping average is 13 percent.
Overall, U.S. youth vaping surged 78 percent in just one year between 2017 and 2018.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

REPRESENTATIVE MIZUNO, CVS PHARMACY ANNOUNCE THE INSTALLATION OF PRESCRIPTION DRUG DISPOSAL UNITS AT 17 LONGS DRUGS STORES


Effort to help stop prescription drug diversion and misuse, save lives
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi
State Representative John Mizuno, Chair the House Health Committee, talked about the need to address the diversion and misuse of unwanted or unneeded prescription medications including opioids in Hawaiʻi at the Kamehameha Long Drugs CVS Pharmacy last week.


Mizuno, author of HB1272 which was signed into law on July 2 as Act 183, said the bill allows for the safe disposal of prescription drugs at drug disposal units now being utilized by CVS Longs at 17 of their pharmacies statewide.
"According to statistics from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, 200 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, and 2,000 Americans suffer an overdose every day," said Mizuno (Kamehameha Heights, Kalihi Valley, Lower Kalihi). "From 1999 to 2017, more than 700,000 people have died from a drug overdose. We have an opioid crisis."
The drug disposal units are an effort to combat the opioid epidemic and support healthcare providers and health systems, partner with law enforcement, and encourage consumers to make safe choices about opioids and the devastation that comes with their misuse.
"We need to make sure that prescription drugs that are no longer needed by the patients they were meant for are disposed of properly and don't fall into the wrong hands," said Mizuno. "I want to thank CVS Longs for supporting this endeavor and program in Hawaiʻi."

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

REPRESENTATIVE PERRUSO, HOUSE LEADERSHIP INVITE WAHIAWĀ, WHITMORE VILLAGE, LAUNANI VALLEY RESIDENTS TO LAWMAKERS LISTEN COMMUNITY MEETING


WHO:             Representative Amy A. Perruso
House Speaker Scott K. Saiki and House Leadership

WHAT:          Lawmakers Listen, community meeting

WHEN:          Tuesday, October 8
                        6 p.m.

WHERE:       Dot's Wahiawā
130 Mango St.


Honolulu, Hawaiʻi – The public is invited to join Repretentive Amy A. Perruso (Wahiawā, Whitmore Village, Launani Valley) and members of the House of Representatives Leadership team for an open discussion about the upcoming Legislative session and important community issues including education, family issues, and homelessness on October 8 at Dot's in Wahiawā.
Members of the community are invited to share their questions and concerns directly with Rep. Perruso, Speaker of the House Scott K. Saiki, Majority Leader Della Au Belatti, and Majority Floor Leader Dee Morikawa.

Monday, September 23, 2019

REPRESENTATIVE MIZUNO, CVC PHARMACY, ANNOUNCE INSTALLATION OF DRUG DISPOSAL UNITS AT 17 LONGS DRUGS STORES

Effort to help combat prescription drug diversion and misuse in Hawaiʻi 


 WHO:             Representative John Mizuno, Chair, House Committee on Health

WHAT:          Installation of drug disposal units at 17 Longs Drugs Stores completed

WHEN:          Friday, September 27
                        10 a.m.

WHERE:       Longs Drugs
                        Kamehameha Shopping Center
1620 North School St.


Honolulu, HawaiʻiState Representative John Mizuno, author of HB1272 which was signed into law as Act 183, allows for such drug take back in Hawaiʻi. Mizuno will join representatives from CVS Pharmacy to announce the completed installation of drug disposal units in 17 Longs Drugs stores across the State, including nine on Oʻahu. 

The disposal program is designed to help address the diversion and misuse of unwanted or unneeded prescription medication -- including opioids.

"We need to make sure that prescription drugs that are no longer needed by the patients they were meant for are disposed of properly and don't fall into the wrong hands," said Mizuno (Kalihi Valley, Kamehameha Heights, portion of Lower Kalihi). "I want to thank CVS and Longs Drugs for supporting this program to help our residents."

REPRESENTATIVE ELI TO HOST COMMUNITY PRESENTATION ON THE FORMER MĀ‘ILI POINT VOICE OF AMERICA TRANSMITTER SITE


WHO:             Representative Stacelynn K.M. Eli
                        U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)
                        Hawaiʻi Department of Health

WHAT:          Presentation on the restoration of the Ma‘ili Point former Voice of America Transmitter site

WHEN:          Thursday, September 26
                        6:30 p.m.

WHERE:       Kamehameha School's Community Learning Center
                        87-790 Kulauka Street


Honolulu, Hawaiʻi – Representative Stacelynn Eli is co-sponsoring a community meeting with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and the Hawaii Department of Health to discuss the restoration of the Ma‘ili Point former Voice of America Transmitter site.

At the meeting a project team from the U.S. Coast Guard will discuss what was done to complete the restoration of the transmitter site.

The Department of Health will talk about the project and the next steps for the site.

"Please join us to hear what has been done and what is planned for the future at the site," said Representative Eli (‘Ewa Villages, Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Nanakai Gardens, Ko ‘Olina, Kahe Point, Nānākuli, Lualualei, Mā‘ili). "I want to thank the Coast Guard and the Department of Health for their work on this project and believe it will be a great benefit for our community."

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

HOUSE SPEAKER SAIKI NAMES LYNN McCRORY TO HART BOARD


Appointment expected to bring accountability to City’s rail project
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi
– House Speaker Scott K. Saiki today appointed Lynn McCrory to serve as a non-voting ex-officio member of the Board of Directors for the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART).


McCrory fills the vacancy left following the resignation of Kamani Kualaʻau, with her term expiring on December 31, 2021.

McCrory is the Senior Vice President for Government Affairs at Lanaʻi Resorts LLC and previously was President of PAHIO Development Inc. on Kauaʻi with responsibilities for community and government relations.

"Lynn McCrory has extensive experience in the planning and development of commercial projects both in Hawaiʻi and on the mainland," said Speaker Saiki. "She has worked closely with community members and government agencies and will be a great asset to the HART board. I am very grateful that she is willing to accept this appointment and look forward to her feedback."

Monday, September 9, 2019

McKELVEY PRAISES MAUI COUNCIL COMMITTEE VOTE TO SETTLE SUPREME COURT APPEAL


Lawmaker hopeful that the full council will also settle Lahaina Wastewater Facility issue
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi –Representative Angus L.K. McKelvey applauded the decision by the Maui County Council's Governance, Ethics, and Transparency Committee to settle the injection well case rather than pursuing it to the United States Supreme Court.

"I humbly thank the members of the committee for recommending that the County withdraw its lawsuit from before the Supreme Court. While I am pleased with today's outcome, it is important to note that further action will still be required to consecrate this decision," said McKelvey (West Maui, Mā‘alaea, North Kīhei). "I am hopeful the supporting members will continue to be steadfast in the same course of action by the Council as whole. I humbly ask those who are not in support of today's recommendation to reexamine the issues again in light of the new letter from the Department of Health to the County."
The county had argued that because pollutants did not flow directly into the ocean but rather flowed indirectly through injection wells, no permits under the Clean Water Act are required.

Friday, September 6, 2019

COMMITTEES TO HEAR TESTIMONY ON MEDICAL USE OF CANNABIS AND HEMP-DERIVED CANNABIDIOL


WHO:             Representative John Mizuno, Chair, House Committee on Health
Senator Rosalyn Baker, Chair, Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health


WHAT:          Informational Briefing on cannabis and hemp-derived cannabidiol

WHEN:          Thursday, September 12
                        9:30 a.m.

                       
WHERE:       Hawaii State Capitol
                        Room 329

Honolulu, Hawaiʻi –The House Committee on Health and the Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health Committee will hold an informational briefing to review Hawaii's policy on Medical Cannabis and improve the safety of integrative healthcare options for Hawaiʻi's people based upon recent scientific research and best practices in other jurisdictions.
Hawaiʻi is faced with potential public health risks arising from consumption of unregulated sales of products reportedly containing CBD on the internet and through so-called CBD dispensaries, spas, gyms, health food stores, convenience stores, and even gas stations.
This briefing will seek to accomplish these four goals:
  • Examine the benefits of Medical Cannabis therapy including as a safe alternative to prescription opioids for pain relief
  • Understand the risks associated with human consumption of unregulated hemp-derived CBD; review state hemp cultivation and manufacturing policies and CBD regulations in other jurisdictions
  • Review other jurisdictions who provide for rational protections for employees registered in the state’s Medical Cannabis Registry program.
  • Begin a discussion about Hawaiʻi’s need for a well-considered, thoughful transition to a “dual use” program that allows both medical and adult social use of cannabis.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

HEALTH COMMITTEES TO DISCUSS HOSPICE CARE


Honolulu, Hawaiʻi –The House Committee on Health and the Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health Committee will hold an informational briefing on current trends in hospice care at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 11 in room 329 at the State Capitol.
Healthcare professionals are increasingly seeing hospice as an important way to improve care and the quality of life for terminally ill patients. Hospice is available around the state and seen as best practice, but there is still much more that we can do as state to educate the community and make hospice care more accessible and acceptable.

In this informational briefing, two experts from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), the leading professional organization promoting excellence in hospice care, will speak on current and future trends in hospice regulation and the intersection of policy and quality of care. They will also provide an update on the progress being made across the nation to increase the availability of Palliative Care in a variety of healthcare settings.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

DISCOVER THE PUBLIC'S POWER IN THE STATE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS


 Free Workshops on the Legislative Process coming to Hawaii Island September 9-13
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi - Ever wonder how laws are created in our state and how you can have an influence on them? The Public Access Room (PAR) will be visiting Hawaiʻi Island from September 9-13 to demystify our state's legislative process and teach citizens how they can have a say in which bills become law.


"How-To" guides, informational handouts, and other resources will be available. Workshop times include:

Kailua Kona
West Hawaiʻi Civic Center Liquor Conference Room; 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway
Monday, Sept. 9, 6 to 7 p.m.  

Ocean View
Ocean View Community Center; 92-8924 Leilani Circle
Tuesday, Sept. 10, noon to 1 p.m.

Friday, August 23, 2019

REPRESENTATIVE DALE KOBAYASHI ASKS GOV. IGE TO NOT PROVIDE STATE FUNDS FOR THE ALA WAI FLOOD PROJECT


Mānoa lawmaker says $125 million expense was rejected by House last session
Honolulu, HawaiʻiRep. Dale T. Kobayashi has sent a letter to Governor David Ige urging him to reconsider his decision to provide State funds to pay a $125 million portion of the federal Ala Wai Flood Mitigation Project.

"As you know, during the 2019 legislative session the House rejected SB 77 which would have provided the city's share of funding," Kobayashi said in the letter. "This vote reflected the will of the chamber and of our respective constituencies to not provide state resources for this effort."
Earlier this week the City Council approved a resolution to move forward on the Ala Wai project after Mayor Caldwell expressed confidence the State would come up with the approximately $125 million match, via the issuance of Certificates of Participation.
Robert Yu, Deputy Director of the State Department of Budget & Finance, confirmed that the funding is already in the works, bond counsel has been hired, and the State is soliciting bids for the underwriting. 

Thursday, August 22, 2019

CIP FUNDS RELEASED FOR HONUAʻULA FOREST RESERVE


$1.3 million earmarked for fencing, new access road
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi – State Representative Nicole Lowen (D-North Kona) is pleased to announce that Governor David Ige has release $1.3 million in Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funds to benefit the Honuaʻula Forest Reserve.

The funds will be used to repair and install fencing, and to create a new access road for the North Kona reserve.
"I want to thank the Governor for releasing these funds for this important project," said Rep. Lowen. "Honua’ula Forest Reserve is the primary watershed for the North Kona area and these funds will help to protect our drinking water supply, and to preserve important habitat for native flora and fauna. As the current stewards of our environment, it is our responsibility to preserve and protect places like Honuaʻula."
The Honuaʻula Forest Reserve was established in 1906 to preserve the forest and manage the watershed and today covers 8,489 acres.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

SECOND TIME CAPSULE INSTALLED AT THE STATE CAPITOL



Senator Brian Taniguchi, his grandson Roycen Strom and Hawaiʻi State Archivist Adam Jansen place the time capsule in the wall at the State Capitol.  

Contents to be reveled in 2069 during 100th anniversary commemoration ceremony
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi – When the Hawaiʻi State Capitol was dedicated on March 15, 1969, a time capsule was placed in a concrete wall and sealed with a bronze plaque. As part of the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Capitol building this past March, that time capsule was opened and the contents reveled.

Today, a new time capsule with mementoes of our own era was placed in the northwest corner column of the Capitol rotunda and the original dedication plaque reinstalled.
"This is living history. The objects we have sealed in this wall today will be removed someday and provide insight into our lives in the early 21st Century," said Senator Brian T. Taniguchi, chairman of the 50th Anniversary of the Hawaiʻi State Capitol Task Force. "Time does not stand still, but by placing this time capsule, a moment in time has been captured."

Thursday, August 15, 2019

REP. MATAYOSHI, HOUSE LEADERSHIP TO HOST LAWMAKERS LISTEN EVENT


WHO:             Representative Scot Z. Matayoshi
                        House Speaker Scott K. Saiki
                        Vice Speaker Mark M. Nakashima
House Majority Leader Della Au Belatti
House Majority Floor Leader Dee Morikawa

WHAT:          Lawmakers Listen for State House District 49


WHEN:          Wednesday, August 28
                        6:30 p.m.

                       
WHERE:       Ben Parker Elementary School Cafeteria
                        45-259 Waikalua Road, Kāne‘ohe
                       

Honolulu, Hawaiʻi Residents of Kāne‘ohe, Maunawili, Olomana are invited to join Representative Scot Z. Matayoshi and House leadership during the next Lawmakers Listen at Ben Parker Elementary School August 28. The event is an opportunity for the community to discuss important issues and learn about the significant bills passed during the 2019 Legislative session.

Matayoshi will be joined by House Speaker Scott K. Saiki, Vice Speaker Mark M. Nakashima, House Majority Leader Della Au Belatti, and House Majority Floor Leader Dee Morikawa.

HEALTH COMMITTEES TO DISCUSS WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT


WHO:             Representative John Mizuno, Chair, House Committee on Health
Senator Rosalyn Baker, Chair, Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health


WHAT:          Informational Briefing on building Hawaiʻi's healthcare workforce for the 21st Century


WHEN:          Wednesday, August 21
                        9 a.m.

                       
WHERE:       Hawaiʻi State Capitol
                        Room 329


Honolulu, Hawaiʻi –The House Committee on Health and the Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health Committee will hold an informational briefing on Hawaiʻi's healthcare workforce development for the 21st Century at 9 a.m. Aug. 21 in room 329 at the State Capitol.
Hawaiʻi became a leader in healthcare reform in the 1970s when the state required healthcare coverage for eligible employees working at least 20 hours per week. Today the state is faced with maintaining its healthcare workforce, with many physicians and healthcare workers leaving the field of healthcare.
The briefing will highlight four goals: