Monthly Archives: April 2019

Some in the Senate seem willing to trade the public trust, for a $62,000,000 corporate benefit

Some in the Senate seem willing to trade outright the integrity of our law making process and the preservation of our natural environment for a $62,000,000 benefit to a private corporation.  We are again hearing rumblings there is an effort … Continue reading

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The DLNR Does Not Even Support HB1326 (corporate water theft)

If for some reason you remain unconvinced that HB1326 is a bad bill and not at all actually needed, please read the below and see clear proof that the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) did not think HB1326 … Continue reading

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Lessons from the ledge: The end of session (or not)

The 2019 legislative session ends, sine die on May 2, and any bills that have not been passed by both the House and the Senate by this date will be dead (for real this time but not really). Like most … Continue reading

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Get past manufactured crisis, and have state move on water permits – Hooser column published Sunday April 21, in Honolulu Star Advertiser

In my 20 years of experience in government, politics and policy-making, House Bill 1326 is the most egregious example of special-interest legislation I have ever seen. Fortunately the state Senate has taken time to listen to public concerns. After weighing … Continue reading

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An Easter message – Let’s pull together for working men and women and push a little extra today and tomorrow, for a strong increase in the minimum wage.

Hope everyone is enjoying their Easter Weekend. I am hoping we can all pull together for a moment today and tomorrow in support of those in our community and their families who struggle daily, just to make ends meet. Please if … Continue reading

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Legal Opinion Refuting Governor’ Position on HB1326 (corporate water theft)

MEMORANDUM Date: April 19, 2019 To: Governor’s Office, Hawai‘i Legislators, and any interested fellow citizens From: Isaac Moriwake, Esq., Earthjustice Re: Legal response to the Governor’s letter dated April 18, 2019 and the Administrative Director’s memorandum dated April 15, 2019 … Continue reading

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The Conference Committee: Where bills are laid to rest quietly, with little fanfare and no fingerprints.

As we enter the last two weeks of the legislative session, it is a good time to explain the basics of the Conference Committee process.  Please, stifle the yawn and force yourself if possible to read on.  I promise that … Continue reading

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