Senator Espero Discusses Hemp with Rep.Thielen

Senator Will Espero represents the 19th Senate District, which encompasses ‘Ewa Beach, Ocean Pointe, ‘Ewa by Gentry, Iroquois Pointe, and a portion of ‘Ewa Villages. He currently serves as the Chair of the Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs Committee, and as a member of the Committees on Transportation and International Affairs, and Ways and Means. He also serves as Majority Floor Leader.

Representative Thielen has served District 50, Kailua and Kaneohe, as State Representative since 1990 and served as Minority Floor Leader from 1992 to 1997. Currently she is Assistant Minority Leader and is the ranking member on the Energy and Environmental Protection Committee, the Water, Land and Ocean Resources Committee and the Judiciary Committee.

Espero and Rep. Cynthia ThielenContact: senespero@capitol.hawaii.gov or repthielen@capitol.hawaii.gov

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Rep. Cynthia Thielen Addresses – Residential Backup Generator Tax Credit

RELATING TO TAXATION.
Report Title: Residential Backup Generator Tax Credit
Description: Establishes a nonrefundable income tax credit for taxpayers who purchase residential backup generators. Effective 07/01/2030. (HD1)

Passed Third Reading with Representative(s) Lowen voting aye with reservations; none voting no (0) and Representative(s) Wooley excused (1). Transmitted to Senate.

HB 1870 ThielenContact: repthielen@capitol.hawaii.gov Excerpt from Capitol TV

Rep. Richard Fale Addresses HB 2370 Taxation; Distribution of Partial Payment

RELATING TO TAXATION.
Report Title: Taxation; Distribution of Partial Payment
Description: Requires that partial payment of taxes be credited in equal amounts to interest, penalties, and principal. Effective July 1, 2030. (HB2370 HD1)

Passed Third Reading with Representative(s) Rhoads voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Aquino, Awana, Carroll, Choy, Cullen, Hanohano, Har, Hashem, Ichiyama, Ing, Ito, Jordan, Kawakami, McKelvey, Morikawa, Onishi, Oshiro, Say, Takayama, Takumi, Tokioka, Tsuji, Yamashita, Yamane voting no (24) and Representative(s) Wooley excused (1). Transmitted to Senate.

HB 2370 FaleContact: repfale@capitol.hawaii.gov Excerpt from Capitol TV

Rep. Gene Ward Addresses HB 2341 Electronic Filing and Payment of Taxes

RELATING TO ELECTRONIC FILING AND PAYMENT OF TAXES.
Report Title: Taxation; Electronic Filing and Payment of Taxes
Description: Reduces the threshold amount for electronic fund transfers of taxes.

Passed Third Reading with Representative(s) Hanohano, Jordan, Ward voting aye with reservations; none voting no (0) and Representative(s) Wooley excused (1). Transmitted to Senate

HB 2341 WardContact: repward@capitol.hawaii.gov Excerpt from Capitol TV

Campbell High Swim Team: Full Speed Ahead

ImageMcDermott’s Message     March 05, 2014

I recently asked young Samuel Bass IV to tell me about the Campbell High School swim team. He shared the following:

This year, the Sabers are showing great potential as they show off some of their talented swimmers.

Who are these up-and-coming swimmers? Makoa Alvarez, age 16 (a junior), brought Campbell its first-ever OIA record last year in the 100-yard backstroke. This year, he broke his own record in the OIA championships, swimming the 100-yard backstroke, sending him off to the state championships. At states, Makoa achieved another record: the state record for the 100-yard backstroke! His time was 49.79, tying the past record and claiming the title as his own.

Whenever people ask about the Campbell swim team, there is one question that always pops up: “Where do they swim?” Campbell swim team practices in the Hope Chapel Kapolei pool, where they share facilities with Kapolei High School, Island Pacific Academy and Hawaii Swim Club (HSC) Kapolei. Coach Nathaniel Dean, head coach of HSC

Kapolei, voices how important this pool is for them: “The 50-meter pool in Kalaeloa is an unrecognized cornerstone of Kapolei and Ewa Beach. The pool (allows) the students of Kapolei, Campbell and IPA to have swim teams and water polo teams.”

Who coaches the Campbell swim team? In between teaching ceramics and teaching fine arts, Laxmi Diaz also teaches swimming. Coach Diaz uses her free time after school to instruct swimming and water polo. She likes to get work done quickly and efficiently, which is what she looks for in Campbell swimmers.

Dean also often gives the Campbell swimmers extra training, providing them with helpful feedback from another great source.

Within the swim team, you can find inspiring captains who show the swimmers what they can accomplish both in the water and in school.

Sydney Thompson, one of the swim team’s captains, balances great grades with swimming and cheerleading. Ellis Harkins II, another team captain, also is an inspiring student. As commanding officer of Campbell’s Navy JROTC program, Ellis motivates the swimmers to shoot for high goals.

“The underclassmen will definitely be making history for Campbell long after I am gone,” Ellis said. “The passion and determination they compete with is definitely something that will take them far.”

ImageThese swimmers have great potential, and with the way things are going currently, we should keep an eye out for Campbell’s swim team at future events. They are entertaining to watch, and the competitive atmosphere sucks you in and leaves you wanting more. Come join us next year and witness the greatness for yourself.

For more information on the Campbell swim team, please contact Samuel Bass IV at basss117@gmail.com.

McDermott Head shot blue shirtState Rep. Bob McDermott serves District 40. Call 586-9730 or email him at repmcdermott@capitol.ha waii.gov.

Rep. Richard Fale Addresses HB 2170 – New Hotel Construction;

RELATING TO TAXATION.
Report Title: New Hotel Construction; Income Tax Credit
Description: Provides an income tax credit for costs incurred in new hotel construction. Effective July 1, 2030. (HB2170 HD2)

3/4/2014 H Passed Third Reading as amended in HD 2 with Representative(s) Hanohano, Ing, Jordan, Lowen, Oshiro, Wooley voting aye with reservations; none voting no (0) and Representative(s) Creagan excused (1). Transmitted to Senate.

HB 2170 FaleContact: repfale@capitol.hawaii.gov Excerpt from Capitol TV

Rep. Cynthia Thielen Addresses HB 1999 – Electric Utilities

RELATING TO ELECTRIC UTILITIES.
Report Title: Electric Utilities; Franchise; Legislative Utility Review Task Force
Description: Establishes the Legislative Utility Review Task Force to review franchises held by investor-owned electric utilities. Effective July 1, 2030. (HB1999 HD3)

Passed Third Reading as amended in HD 3 with none voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Hanohano voting no (1) and none excused (0). Transmitted to Senate.

thielen 1999Contact: repthielen@capitol.hawaii.gov Excerpt from Capitol TV