Senator Slom and Rep. Ward discuss the Jones Act – April 2015

April 25, 2015

Sam Slom and Representative Gene Ward legislators from Hawaii, SKYPE with Guam and Puerto Rico in a forum to discuss legislative developments on the Jones Act for their respective jurisdictions. Shippers Council President Mike Hansen began with taking about the “Cabotage Laws: Wall to Economic Development.”

Hawaii Senate Minority Leader Senator Sam Slom, who has advocated for Jones Act reform for decades, acknowledged disagreement over the Jones Act’s effect on costs but highlighted the economic indicators uniformly affected in Hawaii, Guam and Puerto Rico: competition and cost of living. He also mentioned the Jones Act reform page on the Senate Minority website and a petition to be started by the Senate Minority for use in all jurisdictions to garner support.

Ward  Jones Act SkypeHouse of Representatives Minority Leader Emeritus Rep. Gene Ward made the point that when the Jones Act was enacted 95 years ago, it served its purpose and was relevant to national security.  In 2015 however, the effect of the law is to punish the non-contiguous trades with oppressive shipping costs. Rep. Ward’s suggestion was to continue the public awareness vital to successful reform of the Jones Act by publishing white papers on common misconceptions about what could happen if an exemption is granted, namely that reform would threaten national security, or labor unions.
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Invocation – House of Representatives – Rep. Andria Tupola

April 24, 2015

Representative Andria Tupola blessing and song for the Invocation for the House of Representative

48th day House of Representatives  Friday, April 17, 2015

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Rep. Ward addresses HB 1325 Stormwater Management

April 22, 2015

Report Title:  Stormwater Management; Counties; User Fees
Description:  Authorizes the counties to establish and charge user fees for stormwater management. (SD1)
4/21/2015 H Passed Final Reading as amended in SD 1 with Representative(s) Say voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Fukumoto Chang, Kong, McDermott, Pouha, Tupola, Ward voting no (6) and Representative(s) Ito excused (1).
4/21/2015 H Transmitted to Governor.

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Reps. Thielen and Ward address HB 1286 – Energy Facility Systems

April 22, 2015

Report Title:  Hawaii State Planning Act; Energy Facility Systems; Natural Gas
Description:  Amends the State’s objectives and policies relating to energy facility systems, including a policy of ensuring that liquefied natural gas be used only as a cost-effective transitional, limited-term replacement of petroleum for electricity generation and not impede the development and use of other cost-effective renewable energy sources. (SD2)  4/21/2015 H Passed Final Reading as amended in SD 2 with Representative(s) Thielen voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Kong, McDermott, Tupola, Ward voting no (4) and Representative(s) Ito excused (1).
4/21/2015 H Transmitted to Governor.

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Rep. Ward addresses HB 1099 – Outdoor Advertising

April 22, 2015

Report Title:  Outdoor Advertising; Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium
Description:  Authorizes the display of an outdoor advertising device at the Waipio peninsula soccer stadium, subject to appropriate approval; provided that the scoreboard faces the stadium interior and is not visible from any thoroughfare. Specifies placement and size limitations for the device. (SD2)
4/21/2015 H Passed Final Reading as amended in SD 2 with none voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Thielen, Tupola, Ward voting no (3) and Representative(s) Ito excused (1). 4/21/2015 H Transmitted to Governor

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Rep. Thielen addresses Uniform Crime Reporting; Domestic Violence

April 21, 2015

Report Title:  Uniform Crime Reporting; Domestic Violence


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Invocation Representative Bob McDermott House of Representatives

April 21, 2015

Invocation Representative Bob McDermott House of Representatives
April 20, 2015.

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Mike Buck hosts Rep. Fukumoto Chang April 06, 2015 – Audio Only

April 17, 2015

Mike Buck hosts Representative Beth Fukumoto Chang –  April 06, 2015 – Audio Only – Discussion includes bills and issues with the Hawaii driver’s license.


Ka Iwi Coast – Saturday April 18th 2015 – 7th Annual Earth Day Cleanup

April 17, 2015

WHEN: Saturday, April 18, 2015

TIME: 8:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: Meet at the Alan Davis Wall (1/4 mile past Kealahou stop light)

(Lunch to follow at Maunalua Bay at “Talk Story” event)

Representative Gene Ward (R-Hawaii Kai – Kalama Valley)  announced his 7th Annual Ka Iwi Beach Cleanup in honor of Earth Day 2015 will take place Saturday, April 18, 2015.

Representative Ward’s office will be partnering with Boy Scout Troop 101, “808 Clean Ups,” Kaiser High School, and former Peace Corps Volunteers, as well as many friends and constituents from District 17.

Ki coast “The Ka Iwi coast is the last pristine property on Oahu but beach parties are leaving behind broken beer bottles, rusty nails (from burning ballets), and all kind of trash on the beach that the community has so generously been helping cleanup over the years,” Ward said.

Immediately following the Ka Iwi Cleanup all volunteers are invited to lunch with Rep. Ward and Senator Slom at their “Talk Story” event being held at Maunalua Bay.

“Gloves and bags will be provided. All that is needed are helping hands and we’re looking forward to a fun time with all these great organizations” Ward concluded.

Anyone wishing to volunteer should call Tyler Humphries at 586-6420 or just show up.

Reps. Fukumoto Chang and Ward address SB 1280 Transportation Network Companies

April 16, 2015

Report Title:  Transportation Network Companies; Transportation Network Company Drivers; Motor Vehicle Insurance; Qualifications; Public Utilities Commission; Permit; Appropriation ($)
Description:  Requires the public utilities commission to regulate transportation network companies and transportation network company drivers. Requires drivers to register as business entities with the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Establishes insurance requirements and qualifications for persons who operate or serve as drivers for transportation network companies. Appropriates funds to the PUC. (SB1280 HD2)
Companion:  HB1287  /14/2015 H Passed Third Reading with Representative(s) Creagan, Fukumoto Chang, Johanson, Keohokalole, San Buenaventura voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Ing, Lowen, Matsumoto, Ohno, Pouha, Thielen, Tupola, Ward voting no (8) and none excused (0). Transmitted to Senate.

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