REP. RICHARD LEE FALE COMMENTS ON BARRIERS AT LANIAKEA BEACH

ImageRep. Richard Lee Fale (HD 47, Waialua, Hale‘iwa, Pūpūkea, Sunset Beach, Kahuku, Lā‘ie, Hau‘ula, Punalu‘u, Kahana, Ka‘a‘awa, Waikāne, Waiāhole) issued the following statement regarding the Department of Transportation’s announcement to install temporary barriers on the mauka side of Kamehameha Highway to mitigate traffic at Laniakea Beach:

“North Shore residents and transportation officials have been discussing proposals to improve Laniakea traffic for years, but so far no solution has been found, and traffic and safety concerns continue to worsen.

“I’ve spoken with many frustrated North shore residents and commuters about their concerns. While all parties agree that this isn’t a permanent solution, something has to be done because current conditions are unacceptable.

“The installation of temporary barriers was an idea that was proposed years ago to the Kamehameha Highway Realignment Task Force.  During and after the last Task Force meeting in September 2013, community members expressed valid concerns about these temporary barriers in terms of beach access, driver and pedestrian safety. My office will continue to work closely with DOT and the community as we work to find a viable, long-term solution.”

 

Barriers will remain for at least a month, and perhaps as long as one year, while DOT officials monitor the traffic flow and assess the effectiveness of this solution.

 

Rep Johanson addresses SB1 on the final day of the Hawaii Special Session

Rep. Arron Ling Johanson addresses SB1 on the final day of the Hawaii Special Session

RELATING TO EQUAL RIGHTS.
Report Title: Equal Rights
Description: Recognizes marriages between individuals of the same sex. Extends to same-sex couples the same rights, benefits, protections, and responsibilities of marriage that opposite-sex couples receive. Effective 12/2/13.

Contact: repjohanson@capitol.hawaii.gov

Excerpt from Capitol TV November 12, 2013

Rep Fukumoto addresses SB 1 Nov 8th

Representative Beth Fukumoto addresses SB1 on November 8th on the chamber floor.
RELATING TO EQUAL RIGHTS.
Report Title: Equal Rights
Description: Recognizes marriages between individuals of the same sex. Extends to same-sex couples the same rights, benefits, protections, and responsibilities of marriage that opposite-sex couples receive. Effective 12/2/13.

Contact: repfukumoto@capitol.hawaii.gov

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Rep. Ward votes no in committee on passing SB1

RELATING TO EQUAL RIGHTS.
Description: Recognizes marriages between individuals of the same sex. Extends to same-sex couples the same rights, benefits, protections, and responsibilities of marriage that opposite-sex couples receive. Effective 12/2/13.

The committee on JUD recommends that the measure be PASSED WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes were as follows: 8 Ayes: Representative(s) Rhoads, Belatti, Brower, Coffman, Kawakami, Lee, Wooley, Thielen; Ayes with reservations: none; 5 Noes: Har, Carroll, Ito, Tsuji, McDermott; and None Excused
11/5/2013 H The committee on FIN recommends that the measure be PASSED WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes were as follows: 10 Ayes: Representative(s) Luke, Nishimoto, Hashem, Ing, Kobayashi, Lowen, Morikawa, Onishi, Takayama, Yamashita; Ayes with reservations: none; 7 Noes: Johanson, Cullen, Jordan, Tokioka, Woodson, Fukumoto, Ward; and None Excused
11/6/2013 H Reported from JUD/FIN (Stand. Com. Rep. No. 4) as amended in HD 1, recommending passage on Second Reading and placement on the calendar for Third Reading.

contact: repward@capitol.hawaii.gov

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80 percent of written testimony, 87 percent of oral testimony opposed SB 1; House Republicans release internal count that finds overwhelming public opposition

waiting to testify

As Senate Bill 1 moves to a second vote by the full House today, House Republicans released an internal count showing overwhelming public opposition to SB 1 and urged colleagues to listen to the voice of the people. Of the written testimony published by the joint House Committee, 80 percent of testifiers opposed the bill, as did 87 percent of oral testimony.

 

“Again and again in the public hearing, testifiers made a valid argument that public opinion should matter in a democracy,” Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson said. “We were elected to represent the people of Hawaii, and we can’t ignore them and their concerns.”

 

He continued, “Considering what we heard in the five days of testimony and what I’ve heard from my community, I urge my colleagues to be sensitive to the many objections expressed in the hearing and stop SB 1. It’s not too late to support the will of the people.”

 

“The Legislature has never seen this level of public concern for a bill,” said Rep. Beth Fukumoto. “The numbers underscore what was echoed hundreds of times in the hearing – that the majority of local residents is not comfortable with this bill or the process that it is going through. The public is right to distrust the hasty and confusing process through which this bill is moving.”

 

The unofficial count found that of 10,749 unique pieces of written testimony submitted to the House, 8,556 (80%) were in opposition and 2,193 (20%) were in support. Of 1,032 oral testifiers, 895 (87%) opposed the measure and 137 (13%) supported it.

Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson serves as the House Minority Leader and Vice Chair of the House Committee on Finance. He represents the 31st House District covering Moanalua, Foster Village and Aiea. Rep. Beth Fukumoto serves as the House Minority Floor Leader and represents the 36th House District covering Mililani and Mililani Mauka.