Sep. 25, 2017 – 4:05 – Hawaii State Representative Gene Ward (R) weighs in on North Korea’s latest threats and its impact on the Aloha State.
Town Hall Meeting Host Representative Gene Ward and Co-Host Mike Buck: Fires and Vandalism Hitting Hawaii Kai.
By Representative Gene Ward – May 25, 2017 – Civil Beat
From reducing poverty to increasing affordable housing, lawmakers could have done much better for the people of Hawaii.
In the wake of the 2017 legislative session, some commenters have given the Legislature an undeserved pat on the back. The truth is that we could and should have done much better for the people of Hawaii this session.
The heart of a strong, healthy democracy should be vigorous debate. Unfortunately, outside observers agree that this was a banner year for secrecy and behind-the-scenes maneuvering at the Legislature.
As former Speaker Rep. Joe Souki – who wasn’t “former” until the final hours of the 2017 session – recently admitted, “We are always secretive. It’s part of being a legislator.”
When it came to doing the people’s business, the Legislature repeatedly dropped the ball.
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Representative Gene Ward (H District 17Hawaii Kai, Kalama Valley) addresses Drones with Ted Ralston, Director of Unmanned Aerial Systems- the Hawaii component of Pan Pacific UAS Test Range Complex (PPUTRC), which is a unique blending of environmental and testing capabilities for UAS in Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon, Mississippi, and Kansas – the Extreme Climate states, in the eye of the FAA.
Representative Andria Tupola (H District 43 Ewa Villages, Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Nanakai Gardens, Ko Olina, Kahe Point, Nanakuli, Lualualei, Maili) Representative Bob McDermott (H District 40 Ewa, Ewa Beach, Ewa Gentry, Iroquois Point) and Representative Gene Ward (H District 17Hawaii Kai, Kalama Valley) address Private Trade, Vocational, and Technical Schools; Licensing; Licensing Fee; Appropriation. SB1286 SD2 HD2 CD1
On May 02, 2017, the bill passed Final Reading as amended in CD 1 with none voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Matsumoto, McDermott, Thielen, Tupola, Ward voting no (5) and Representative(s) Ichiyama excused (1).
Representative Andria Tupola (H District 43 Ewa Villages, Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Nanakai Gardens, Ko Olina, Kahe Point, Nanakuli, Lualualei, Maili) and Representative Gene Ward (H District 17Hawaii Kai, Kalama Valley) addressDrug Paraphernalia; Possession; Delivery; Civil Violations HB1501 HD2 SD1 CD1 The bill reclassifies drug paraphernalia possession and delivery offenses from felonies to violations subject to a fine of no more than $500. (HB1501 CD1)
On May 02, 2017, the bill passed Final Reading as amended in CD 1 with Representative(s) Aquino, Cullen, Say, Yamane voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Choy, Har, Kong, Matsumoto, McDermott, Ohno, Oshiro, Tupola, Ward voting no (9) and none excused (0).
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