Tag Archives: Testimony

Testimony needed-Protect the Iwi

Oppose SB1171 which allow a project to move forward before a cultural survey is completed.  Starting a project with an incomplete survey will endanger cultural sites because the project may be to far advanced to make necessary changes.  Click here for more details.

Testimony needed – HB903 to reduce non-point source pollution

HB 903 is a dramatic improvement to the state’s polluted runoff .  Click here for details.

Testimony needed

Repeal PLDC.  Sen Solomon is playing political games again.  Tell her to pass a clean bill.  Click here for details.

Support Watershed Management and Invasive Spp control. Click here for details.

Testimony needed PLDC Dirty Dozen Bills to be heard tomorrow in WAM

Submit your Comments to WAM today.  For more information click here.

Senate proposing rider to override Court decisions on GMO Crops

The biotech industry has quietly inserted a dangerous policy rider into the Continuing Resolution (CR) now being debated on the Senate floor.This dangerous rider was not included in the House-passed CR, and we are extremely disappointed to see that the Senate has included it. Though wrapped in a “farmer-friendly” package, this Monsanto-driven rider is simply a biotech industry ploy to continue to plant GE crops even when a court of law has found they were approved illegally.

Click here to petition the Senate to oppose this rider.

ACTION ALERT – Testimony needed – PLDC is back

This is not a position of the Democratic Party of Hawaii.  It is information provided by Hawaii Thousand Friends.

 

Thanks to Hawaii Thousand Friends we have the following information:Next Tuesday 3/5, the entire Senate will vote on THREE bad bills.Including SB 215 SD2, a PLDC look-alike. 

Send opposition testimony on these bad bills to all senators or contact your senator here:   

Senators by Island  

 See article on PLDC-like SB 215:       

“New Development Authority Moves a Step Closer to Reality”  

SB 215 SD2 Relating to Economic Development (Dela Cruz, Chun Oakland, Kidani, Solomon) creates the Public-Private Partnership Authority.

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/bills/SB215_SD2_.pdf

Sound like PLDC? Let us count the ways:

PLDC and SB 215 SD2 purposes are to “create a vehicle and process to use public land…for the economic, environmental, and social benefit of the people of Hawaii.”

Like PLDC, under SB 215 SD2 the public-private partnership administers appropriate and culturally sensitive projects.

Like PLDC, under SB 215 SD2 the “authority shall coordinate and administer projects while ensuring that resources are maintained for the people of Hawaii.”

Like PLDCSB 215 SD2 has a board of directors but only 5 voting members: 3 heads of state departments, 1 member appointed by the Senate president, 1 member appointed by the speaker of the House and 1 non-voting member from the aha moku advisory committee.

Like PLDCSB 215 SD2 dictates that House and Senate members shall “have expertise in small and large businesses within the development or recreation industries, banking, real estate, finance, promotion, marketing or management.”

SB 215 SD2 allows the counties to waive zoning, land use, and permitting requirementson any project by passing an ordinance or memorandum of agreement.

SB 215 SD2 has no process for public hearings or public involvement on the projects, other than the rule-making process.

SB 215 SD2 shall initiate 3 pilot projects: 1) a film production facility on state landssomewhere on Maui, location not specified; 2) 1 unknown county-initiated project; and 3) a mysterious main-street project on previously identified state lands in Wahiawa that currently contain a DOE building, a library, Wahiawa Clinic and a transit center. Could these public lands be slated for a Transit Oriented Development project?

SB 215 SD2 allows for additional projects for educational purposes or to stimulate development and job creation.

 SB 1027 SD1 Relating to Coastal Zone Management (governor’s package)http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/bills/SB1027_SD1_.pdf Exemptsany development by a state agency on state land within the Special Management Area (SMA) from the counties’ Special Management Area Permit and shoreline setback variance processes. 

Exempts development by a state agency on state land from having to be consistent withcounty general plans and zoning.

Creates a new state consistency review process that will be conducted by the state agency proposing the project, with only a 30-day comment period.

State consistency certificationis a statement by a state agency that it has completed the state consistency review and the development is consistent with SMA objectives.  Fox guarding the henhouse?

State agencies are only required to respond to relevant public comments.

After the State Office of Planning publishes the state consistency certification in the OEQC bulletin, development may proceed.

NO  more public hearings or public involvement.

NO  contested case opportunities as provided for under the county SMA process for Maui County, Kauai and Hawai`i Island residents.

 SB 1171 SD1 Review of Historic Preservation Projects (governor’s package)http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/bills/SB1171_SD1_.pdfSB 1171 SD1is in response to the Hawai`i Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling, in Kaleikini v. Yoshioka (Honolulu’s director of transportation), that phasing of archaeological studies is not allowed under HRS Chapter 6E – Historic Preservation. 

SB 1171 SD1 would allow construction of development projects to start before an inventory of all archaeological resources has been completed.

When burial sites and historic properties are not identified before basic planning decisions are made, the many options that could protect those sites are effectively foreclosed.

SB 1171 SD1 is all about Oahu’s rail project:  without the high court’s ruling, the `iwi kupuna would not have been discovered before the 4th and final phase of the 20-mile rail line, and then the argument could have been made that it was too late to stop the train to look for “bones.”

 

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Call to ACTION – HB1330 DOCARE funding

Our near shore fishery is in trouble. Today, these same resources are estimated to contribute $800 million in annual revenue to the state, with an added recreational, amenity, fishery, biodiversity, and educational value of $364 million per year. The Division … Continue reading

PLDC important update

For those of you who are not yet aware the Public Land Development Corporation is an agency mandated to maximize economic development projects on State Land.  Their projects are exempt from any permitting or zoning regulations.  This is among the worst legislation ever passed by the State.

Senator Thielen just announced that SB707 will be amended to make it a clean repeal bill.  We need to support this legislation provided promises are kept.

To see Senator Thielenʻs announcement click here

This is a powerful change in Senate attitude from blocking repeal to supporting it.  Thank you Senator Thielen for you hard work and negotiating skills.

Status of Natural Resources Bill as of 2/11/13

Status of bills we are tracking as of 2/11/13 is available by clicking here.

We have members actively advocating for the repeal of the PLDC and will ask members to subit testimony on those bills.

Members who want to help advocate for legislation should pick an issue that interests them and advocate for and against bills addressing that issue.  Advocacy will involve tracking legislation, writing testimony, building a constituency of support and giving testimony.  If you need help to learn how to effectively use available tools contact Bill Sager at 808-258-4019 or bsager42@gmail.com.

Testimony needed bills supporting invasive species control and watershed management

This announcement is posted courtesy of The Nature Conservancy.  It is not a position of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, but is one of the highest priorities of the Environmental Caucus

Please submit testimony in support of bills to be heard on Monday that will fund the DLNR’s watershed protection and invasive species control initiatives:

1.    HB 935 Re Conveyance Tax.  This Administration supported bill proposes to increase conveyance tax rates on properties ≥$2M to fund watershed protection and invasive species control.  Here are the particulars for Monday’s hearing:

ü  Bill text/status: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=935

ü  Hearing notice: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/hearingnotices/HEARING_HSG_02-11-13_.HTM

ü  Submit testimony: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx

2.    HB 357 Bag Fee. This Administration supported bill would place a 10¢ fee on single-use paper and plastic bags with 80% of the revenue going to the DLNR for watersheds and invasives.  The CPC hearing notice is not posted yet, but I will send that as soon as it is.

Talking Points:

 

·         The Rain Follows the Forest initiative is working to ensure fresh water is available for the people of Hawai‘i in perpetuity by protecting our watershed forests, a central goal of A New Day in Hawai‘i plan.

·         Healthy forests that are not overrun by invasive species efficiently capture and deliver fresh water into streams and aquifers for our use.

·         By pulling moisture from passing clouds, forests can actually increase water capture up to 50% more than through rainfall alone.

·         When forests are lost or degraded, Hawai‘i loses its source of fresh water.

·         More than half of Hawaii’s forests have been lost.  Historically, the threat was overharvesting and development.  Today’s threat is invasive plants and animals.

·         The longer we wait to take significant action, the higher the cost will be to reverse the damage, thereby threatening water supplies for future generations.

·         Forests also help mitigate erosion and runoff into our precious streams and coastlines.

·         Healthy forests will become even more critical as we experience the likely effects of climate change, including more severe storms but overall less rainfall, and temperature changes that may benefit invasive pests.

·         The conveyance tax bill would support this watershed protection through essential forest management programs, invasive species control, land acquisition, and other conservation programs.

·         The development and sale of real estate helps drive Hawaii’s economy, but it also puts pressure on our natural resources.  It makes sense to spend a portion of conveyance tax revenue on protecting those natural resources.

·         In recent years, enormous amounts have been invested in the development and sale of real estate, and continued investment in development and construction is helping to lift our economy out of recession.  Yet, we make a comparatively tiny investment in protecting the natural resources that also drive our economy and provide benefits that allow us to survive in the middle of the vast Pacific.