Kauai Residents: Still more help needed TODAY on SB3095 HD1

Kauai residents should EMAIL Senate President Ron Kouchi at senkouchi@capitol.hawaii.gov TODAY (if at all possible prior to April 12) and request politely and professionally that he support SB3095hd1 without making any further changes to it. Please send a thoughtful and meaningful note sharing your concerns about the issue.

While many of us would like to see the buffer zones expanded, any attempts by the Senate to change (either strengthen or weaken) SB3095 HD1 may in essence be a “poison pill” and cause the Bill to die. This measure while weak in this area, remains very strong in other areas, specifically of which is the ban on chlorpyrifos. SB3095 HD1 must be passed “As Is”. Any Senators who desire to make it stronger and/or expand the buffer zones, can do so in 2019 without risking the vital elements that are now contained within the existing Bill SB3095 HD1.

Important notes:

1. The House has passed SB3095 HD1 unanimously.

2. The only remaining action needed is for the Senate to Agree to the House amendments.

3. Attempting further changes to SB3095 HD1, risk killing the entire measure.

4. As President of the Senate Kauai Senator Ron Kouchi has tremendous influence.

5. Without question, if Senator Kouchi supports the passage of SB3095 HD1, it will pass.

The main provisions:
1) Mandatory Disclosure: Requires the largest users of Restricted Use Pesticides (RUP’S) to disclose what they are using.

2) No Spray Zones Around Schools: 100’ no-spray zones around schools during school hours.

3) Ban Chlorpyrifos: A phased in ban on the dangerous neurotoxin insecticide chlorpyrifos.

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This blog represents my thoughts as an individual person and does not represent the official position of any organization I may be affiliated with. I presently serve as volunteer President of the Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action (H.A.P.A.) www.hapahi.org I am the former Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of Hawaii. In another past life, I was an elected member of the Kauai County Council, a Hawaii State Senator, and Majority Leader, and the Director of Environmental Quality Control for the State of Hawaii - in an even earlier incarnation I was an entrepreneur and small business owner. Yes, I am one of the luckiest guys on the planet. Please visit my website AND sign up for my newsletter (unlike any email newsletter you have ever gotten, of that I am sure) - http://www.garyhooser.com/#four “Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We’re afraid.” “Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We will fall!” “Come to the edge.” And they came. And he pushed them. And they flew. - Christopher Logue (b.1926)
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1 Response to Kauai Residents: Still more help needed TODAY on SB3095 HD1

  1. Reblogged this on Dawn Morais and commented:
    The enthusiastic turnout of people from the Neighbor islands and Oahu at the “Keiki First” rally at the State Capitol on April 9 should send a clear message to the Senate that the people who elected them are looking to them with high hopes and the fervent expectation that they will say YES to SB3095hd1 and ensure its enactment into law. SB3095hd1 is a reasonable compromise that balances the desires of all stakeholders, as Rep Dee Morikawa pointed out in casting her affirmative vote. Now all that remains is for the Senate to do the same. Doing so will be an act of leadership that will protect vulnerable communities, not least our children. Can there be anything more important than putting “Keiki First?”

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