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A Word With Ward – Rep. Ward Addresses Drones – May 2017

May 18, 2017

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.

Ted Ralston and Rep. WardContact: repward@capitol.hawaii.gov

Reps. Tupola, McDermott and Ward Address Technical Schools Licensing Fees

May 3, 2017

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).

Contact:  reptupola@capitol.hawaii.gov  or   repmcdermott@capitol.hawaii.gov or repward@capitol.hawaii.gov Excerpt from Capitol TV.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reps. Tupola and Ward Address Drug Paraphernalia; Possession; Delivery; Civil Violations

May 3, 2017

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).

Contact: reptupola@capitol.hawaii.gov   Excerpt from Capitol TV

Contact: repward@capitol.hawaii.gov   Excerpt from Capitol TV

 

 

 

Rep. Gene Ward Questions Roll Call Vote on Rail

May 3, 2017

Reps. Ward, Thielen and Tupola Address Rail Floor Amendments

Representative Gene Ward (H District 17Hawaii Kai, Kalama Valley), Representative Cynthia Thielen (H District 50 Kailua, Kaneohe Bay) and Representative Andria Tupola (H District 43 Ewa Villages, Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Nanakai Gardens, Ko Olina, Kahe Point, Nanakuli, Lualualei, Maili) address floor amendments on rail in relationship to SB1183 SD2 HD2 CD1

Contact: repward@capitol.hawaii.gov – repthielen@capitol.hawaii.gov and reptupola@capitol.hawaii.gov

Excerpt from Capitol TV

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGPc2hBMZYI&feature=youtu.be

Reps. Thielen and Tokioka Address Rail Floor Amendments

Representative Cynthia Thielen (H District 50 Kailua, Kaneohe Bay) and Representative James Tokioka (H District 15 Wailua Homesteads, Hanamaulu, Lihue, Puhi, Old Koloa Town, Omao) address floor amendments on rail in relationship to SB1183 SD2 HD2 CD1.  Representative Gene Ward (H District 17Hawaii Kai, Kalama Valley) asks the question “How can we have a voice vote on a billion dollar proration?”

Contact: repward@capitol.hawaii.gov – repthielen@capitol.hawaii.gov and reptokioka@capitol.hawaii.gov

Excerpt from Capitol TV

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HXQ0UPA_AY&t=35s

Rep. Gene Ward Questions Roll Call Vote on Rail

Representative Gene Ward (H District 17Hawaii Kai, Kalama Valley) asks the question “How can we have a voice vote on a billion dollar proration?”

Contact: repward@capitol.hawaii.gov

Excerpt from Capitol TV

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wwpdZdIflg&feature=youtu.be

 

A Word With Word with Host Rep. Ward on Homelessness

April 14, 2017

Mike Goodman and Rep. WardRepresentative Gene Ward (H District 17Hawaii Kai, Kalama Valley) discusses homeless problems and solutions with Mike Goodman Director Hawaii Kai Advisory Council Homeless Task Force.

Website: http://www.HawaiiKaiHomelessTaskForce.org

The Homeless Task Force is Part of the Hawaii Kai Advisory Council
Created and Directed by Representative Gene Ward

Contact: repward@capitol.hawaii.gov

Click to watch the show  or go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVCR1YMrWrY&feature=youtu.be

Honoring Yukio Yoshikawa at the Hawaii House of Representatives

March 31, 2017

 

Representative Gene Ward (H District 17Hawaii Kai, Kalama Valley) and Representative Tom Brower, (H District 22 Waikiki, Ala Moana) honored Yukio Yoshikawa with House Resolution 156 for his contribution to the small business community of Oahu.  Yukio Yoshikawa provides jobs for a multi-ethnic labor force at a quality car wash service, which has been in service for over 50 years. McKinley Car Wash is located on Kapiolani Boulevard.

On March 31, 2017 HR 156 was adopted with none voting aye with reservations; none voting no (0) and Representative(s) Aquino, Creagan, Har, Ing, McKelvey, Thielen, Tupola excused (7).  

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Representatives Tom Brower and Gene Ward with Yukio Yoshikawa and family on the Hawaii House of Representatives Chamber floor.

Contact: repward@capitol.hawaii.gov

              repbrower@capitol.hawaii.gov

Excerpt from Capitol TV

Watch Video on YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_Mu3UsR8q0&feature=youtu.be

Homeless could be coming to campgrounds near you

February 10, 2017

KITV – February 07, 2017

Another measure takes it a step farther, legally allowing people to turn their own private land into campgrounds, as long as campers can use permanent bathrooms and kitchens.

“You can even have it on your own home or driveway. You could have a park and sleep instead of a park and ride. Make it legal that people can stay in their cars. The point is: we have to get people off the streets,” said Representative Gene Ward.

Those on the street, agree with lawmakers: the more solutions the better.

“I think it is a good idea, but I also think people need a lot more help than they can get from the state,” said homeless resident Justin Oliver.

As lawmakers look at other ideas, time may also be ticking down on the state’s single solution of housing first for Hawaii’s homeless.

“They are working passionately to solve the problem but if we don’t see a giant change in the numbers, we’re going to have to use someone else’s plan,” stated Green.

“Solving homelessness is a dream that we’ve misled the public on or throwing money at that never really made an impact. What we have to think about is: managing homelessness,” added Ward.
http://www.kitv.com/story/34451874/homeless-could-be-coming-to-campgrounds-near-you

 

 

 

How Many More Spitting Caves Deaths Before Signs Are Posted?

August 9, 2016

civil beatCommunity Voice

Hawaii Is Safe, But We Shouldn’t Be Complacent

April 27, 2016

civil beatApril 25, 2016

By Gene Ward

Missiles in North Korea, cyberattacks and the possibility of terrorist shooters springing up in our midst all provide ample reason to be prepared.

It is not often this isolated jewel we call home — situated in the middle of the Pacific — becomes synonymous with anything other than sun-drenched beaches and abounding aloha spirit. But it is in part this very thing, the seclusion, that has led some experts to ponder whether Hawaii is really safe.

Three recurring events remind us of our vulnerabilities, the first being cyber threats. According to Todd Nacapuy, chief innovation officer for the State of Hawaii, we are hit by millions of cyber attacks per day. Our banks, utilities and military installations are the prime targets and remind us that knocking out our power grid or financial systems is the new normal of modern warfare, and it is going on around us 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The second recurring danger is North Korea’s continual probe into the Pacific basin. Between January and March of this year alone, North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test and released a propaganda video called “Last Chance (America).”

Should Hawaii take this threat seriously? According to Adm. William E. Gortney, commander of the U.S. Northern Command, in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee last month, “We watch (North Korea) very carefully. And, you know, their very long range capability is a function of how far do they reach. … So even from their own waters, they can reach part of our homeland. Hawaii is part of our homeland, and they can reach Hawaii.”

Last week, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard joined with other members of Congress to discuss “the clear and present danger of North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear weapons capabilities and the missile defense the United States has in and around the Pacific to best defend the United States of America and its 300 million people,” according to the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance.

The third threat has been the most visible in the rest of the world, but not here in Hawaii.

Terrorism since 9/11 has been motivated by fanatical ideological and religious fervor that threatens everywhere in the world, including Hawaii. With large soft targets of our 8 million tourists each year, plus any attack, however small, at any of our military facilities would have huge symbolic value for an enemy who wants all of America to cower in view of its recent successes in Paris, San Bernardino and the Brussels airport.

At a recent meeting in East Honolulu, a panel of counterterrorism experts from the FBI, Homeland Security, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Honolulu Police Department stated that Hawaii is protected by a coalition of more than 20 federal, state and local organizations that work together on a daily basis. The Honolulu Police Department stressed that we should all know what to do in the event of an active shooter (see this excellent training video by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department) recalling the “Xerox Killer” of 1999 who shot and killed seven people in his office on Nimitz Highway.

In the end, panelists concluded that, yes, Hawaii is safe, but warned us not to become complacent. If you see something, say something. If it’s credible, we were told to call the FBI at (808) 566-4300 or HPD at (808) 723-8581.

Knowing that we are under daily cyberattacks in Hawaii or that we’re vulnerable to North Korean missiles or that an active shooter could appear in our midst is not a cause for fear. But they provide a sober suggestion that we be prepared and not scared.

About the Author

  • Gene Ward
    Rep. Gene Ward (R-Hawaii Kai, Kalama Valley) is a Vietnam veteran and former presidential appointee as a senior democracy officer in the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Death of Tax Excess Revenues

April 27, 2016

The disposition of tax excess revenue will be the death knell of Hawaii’s tax payers. Hawaii ranks as the highest taxed state. The unfunded liabilities and debt bonds of our State falls burden once again upon tax payers. SB2554 proposes an amendment made in the 1978 Constitution Convention.

To read the wording of this bill and to track its progress click here: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure…

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Excerpt from the House floor provided by Capitol TV.