HECO must adapt or lose relevance

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Letter to the Editor by Representative Cynthia Thielen – Feb 24, 2014

Sadly, Hawaiian Electric Co. has opted out of using the power of ocean energy to free our island state from fossil fuel dependence (“Is HECO adapting fast enough?” Star-Advertiser, Island Voices, Feb. 19).

In fact, HECO recently cancelled a wave-energy power purchase proposal from Oceanlinx, an international company specializing in wave energy technology. HECO’s reason for denying Oceanlinx’s proposal? The utility would not cover the device-to-shore cost transferring energy generated from the wave-energy device to the grid.

It is interesting to note, however, that HECO is willing to run a cable across the ocean floor to bring windmill energy from Lanai to Oahu at an exorbitant cost to ratepayers.

The good news is that Marine Corps Base Hawaii will deploy wave-energy technology sometime in 2014.

With this technology successfully creating energy for our military, HECO cannot ignore that ocean energy is the future for Hawaii’s energy independence.

HECO must adapt or it will cease to be relevant.

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Rep. Cynthia Thielen
Vice-chairwoman, House Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection

Star Advertiser Article February 24, 2014

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Rep. Ward Congratulates Kaiser High School Cougars Football Team

CONGRATULATING THE KAISER HIGH SCHOOL COUGARS FOOTBALL TEAM AND HEAD COACH RICH MIANO FOR WINNING THE 2013 DIVISION II STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP.

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Cake…BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-seventh Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2014, that this body congratulates the Henry J. Kaiser High School Cougars football team .and head coach Rich Miano for their outstanding achievements as Division II State Champions and extends to them its sincerest Aloha and best wishes for continued success.

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Left to right: Chad Ikei, Mark Pollard, Rich Miano and Rep. Gene Ward

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Reps. Ward and Har Address HB 1288 – Order of Succession; Lieutenant Governor

Representatives Gene Ward and Sharon Har – HB 1288

RELATING TO ORDER OF SUCCESSION.
Report Title: Order of Succession; Lieutenant Governor
Description: Clarifies that the successor to the Office of Lieutenant Governor, when the Office of Lieutenant Governor becomes vacant, must be a member of the same political party as the Governor. Clarifies the order of succession if the Lieutenant Governor is temporarily absent from the State or temporarily disabled. (HB1288 HD1)

2/13/2014 H Passed Third Reading with Representative(s) Ward voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Fale, Hanohano, Har, Oshiro voting no (4) and Representative(s) Awana, Cachola, Carroll, Takumi excused (4). Transmitted to Senate. 2/14/2014 S Received from House (Hse. Com. No. 32).

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Rep Thielen Addresses HB 2257 – Board of Education; Superintendent’s Salary

RELATING TO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SUPERINTENDENT’S SALARY.
Report Title: Board of Education; Superintendent’s Salary
Description: Adjusts the salary cap of the Superintendent of Education. Allows the Board of Education to consider altering the Superintendent’s benefits package. Requires the Board to submit a report to the Legislature each time it alters the Superintendent’s salary. (HB2257 HD1)

 

2/13/2014 H Reported from LAB (Stand. Com. Rep. No. 411-14) as amended in HD 1, recommending referral to FIN.
2/13/2014 H Report adopted. referred to the committee(s) on FIN as amended in HD 1 with Representative(s) Fale, Hanohano, McKelvey, Ward voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Thielen voting no (1) and Representative(s) Awana, Cachola, Carroll, Takumi excused (4).

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Reps. Mcdermott, Jordan, Fale, Ward, and Oshiro Address Recommittal of HB 1624

Representatives Bob McDermott, Richard Fale, Gene Ward, Jo Jordan and Marcus Oshiro address HB 1624

HB 1624 …This Act shall be known as the Hawaii Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2014. … There will be no net gain for human liberty and equal rights if same—sex couples are permitted to oppress religious dissenters in the same way that those dissenters, when they had the power to do so, oppressed same—sex couples. There is no reason to let either side oppress the other. Same—sex couples should not be denied the right to marry, and the State should not force dissenting religious believers or organizations to recognize or facilitate same—sex marriage.

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Reps. McDermott, Fale, Ward, Oshiro and Jordon and Address -Religious Freedom Restoration Act;

Representatives Bob McDermott, Richard Fale, Gene Ward, Jo Jordan and Marcus Oshiro address HB 1624

RELATING TO EQUAL RIGHTS. HB 1624
Report Title: Religious Freedom Restoration Act; Established
Description: Provides that government should not substantially burden religious exercise without compelling justification; applies the compelling interest test to balance religious liberty and competing government interest.

This Act shall be known as the Hawaii Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2014.
The legislature finds that, while same sex marriage is a great advancement for human liberty, this change could have serious implications if steps are not taken to protect the
liberties and equal rights of those religious organizations and believers who cannot conscientiously recognize or facilitate same-sex civil marriages.

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Rep. Gene Ward Addresses HB 1924 – Council on Revenues

RELATING TO THE COUNCIL ON REVENUES.
Report Title: Council on Revenues; Interdepartmental Research Task Force; Appropriation ($)
Description: Establishes an Interdepartmental Research Task Force to assist the Council on Revenues in developing economic models for revenue forecasts for state government. Makes an appropriation to Department of Taxation to prepare tax data for use in economic model development and to the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism to assist the Council on Revenues with the development of various economic models. Effective January 20, 2050. (HB1924 HD1)

2/12/2014 H Reported from EDB (Stand. Com. Rep. No. 371-14) as amended in HD 1, recommending passage on Second Reading and referral to FIN.
2/12/2014 H Passed Second Reading as amended in HD 1 and referred to the committee(s) on FIN with Representative(s) Fale, Ward voting aye with reservations; none voting no (0) and Representative(s) Cachola, Carroll, Mizuno, Oshiro excused (4).

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