This is posted for Hawaii Thousand Friends. It is supported by the Environmental Caucus but is not a position of the Democratic Party.
Dirty Dozen Update & Action Alert, hopefully for the last time…
SB 2927 & SB 2398 HD2 SD1
SB 2927 is being heard in conference tomorrow; Tuesday 4/24. Also see SB 2398 below the following:
Members on Conference Committees are usually members of committees that have heard a bill — but some how, mysteriously, Speaker Calvin Say appointed members of two totally-unrelated committees – McKelvey & Pine (from Economic Revitalization and Business Committee) and Joe Souiki (Chair Transportation Committee)! In short, this move adds two more proponents of the offending bill to the Conference Committee.
Phone and email as can, the following House & Senate conferees and tell them “Do not pass any form of SB 2927.” For more specific information, see our 4/19 em blast HERE.
SB 2927 Senate Conferees; Dela Cruz (chair) who introduced the bill; Solomon, Ige (co-chairs); Fukunaga, and Kouchi.
Donovan Dela Cruz
Senate District 22 – Kunia Village, Mililani Mauka, Wahiawa. Whitmore, Hale`iwa, Mokule`ia, Waialua, Sunset Beach.
Senate District 1 – Waimea, Hamakua, North Hilo, Rural South Hilo, Hilo.
Senator District 16 – Pacific Palisades, Pearl City, Waimalu, Upper ‘Aiea, ‘Aiea Heights.
Senator District 11 – Makiki/Punchbowl, Ala Moana, McCully.
NOTE: Les Ihara has been replaced by:
Kouchi, Ronald (D) – Majority Caucus Leader
Senate District 7 – Kaua’i, Ni’ihau.
Phone 808-586-6030 Fax 808-586-6031
SB 2927 House conferees: Chang, Cabanilla, McKelvey, Souki, Har Co-Chairs; Pine.
House District 2 – South Hilo, Waiakea Kai, Kaumana, Keaukaha.
House District 42 – Waipahu, Honouliuli, West Loch, Ewa.
House District 10 – Lahaina, Kaanapali, Kapalua, Maalaea, Kihei.
House District 8 – Wailuku, Waihee, Waiehu, Puuohala, Waikapu.
House District 40 – Royal Kunia, Makakilo, Kapolei, Kalaeloa.
House District 43 – Ewa Beach, Iroquois Point, Puuloa.
HB 2398 HD2 SD1 (Coffman, Evans)
This terrible bill would transfer development rights of certain lands under the division of boating and ocean recreation and land division to the Public Land Development Corporation, Act 55, the law that “put in the basic wiring” for the The Dirty Dozen. Despite out best efforts, it passed and was signed into law by Governor Abercrombie last year. See Act 55 HERE. Read HB 2398 HD2 SD1 HERE.
Here, it seems that the legislature is playing poker with the public interest. Inside information tells us that SB 2398 (and other bills) are being held hostage by either the House or the Senate in order to get certain preferred bills passed. SB 2398 appears to be one of those bills. You will note that there are no Senate conferees. That is because the House conferees will meet with themselves to see if they can agree with the Senate amendments; i.e. the current bad language in the bill.
Maybe the House can agree with the Senate version — but we cannot because the exemptions are glaring. Nothing can be done to “fix” this bill and it should be shelved.
Call and/or email the following House conferees and all Senate members and ask them to kill this bill because, suffice to say here — it severely shuts out the public, thwarts due process, disfranchises citizens, corrupts public policies and generally undermines democracy.
House conferees: Chang, C. Lee, Har Co-Chairs; Coffman, Riviere.
House District 2 – South Hilo, Waiakea Kai, Kaumana, Keaukaha
House District 6 – North Kona, Keauhou, Kailua-Kona, Honokohau
House District 40 – Royal Kunia, Makakilo, Kapolei, Kalaeloa
House District 51 – Kailua, Waimanalo
House District 46 – Kaena Point, Schofield, Mokuleia, Waialua, Haleiwa, Waimea, Pupukea, Sunset, Kahuku, Kunia Camp, Poamoho, Wheeler, Laie
All Senators contact information HERE.
Again, it would be very helpful if you contacted Governor Abercrombie’s office and tell him you are against any version of SB 2927 and SB 2398:
The Honorable Neil Abercrombie
P.S. Please forward this em to your interested friends and associates, Mahalo!