All hands on deck.
As expected the power and political muscle of A&B will not easily be letting go of their $62,000,000 and our water.
“Some senators want to help A&B. Now, sources say leadership in the House of Representatives is pressuring their counterparts in the Senate to force a floor vote on the bill Tuesday.”
Yes, this is an outrageous attempt to subvert the process and put the interests of the moneyed and the powerful ahead of the public.
Pulling a matter out of committee to force a floor vote is an extraordinary tactic that I have seen attempted only once in the 8 years I served in the Hawaii State Senate.
Extreme pressure is now being put on each and every Senator to “toe the line” with the House and Senate leadership who desire to pass HB1326 HD2, and support A&B.
You can be sure there threats of retribution against those who oppose this and who intend to vote NO, and the fear of that retribution is strong among some in the Senate. They fear losing bills, losing CIP (money for projects in their district), and possibly even losing their committee chairmanships.
I believe the Senate is better than this. When I first got elected in 2002, I will never forget the wisdom of Senator Les Ihara who mentored me at the time. Senator Ihara told me that there were two types of decision making – integrity based decision making and fear based decision making.
Interestingly enough, I have found that integrity based decision making is the easiest, you simply listen to your na’au, your inner core. Then you are sure to always wake up the next morning being proud of who you are.
On Tuesday all of Hawaii will bare witness to what truly drives the Hawaii State Senate. Is it integrity or is it the fear generated by the demands of special interest and big money?
Please call YOUR SENATOR today, (yes again it is today when we need your help) and tell them politely and professionally, but directly – that we are tired of the games and power plays being made on behalf of big money special interest.
We have 13 friends in the Senate, of this I am sure. Please ask your Senator if he or she is one of those 13 friends, willing to vote NO on HB1326 HD 2. If so, please Mālama them! If not call them back tomorrow with the same question.
The battle for water is really about integrity. It’s that simple.
Please, call your Senator today. On the weekend, you will likely get voice mail and that is ok. Remember – polite, professional and firm. Please also send an email. All contact information is here.
Your Senator, the Senator who represents you and the district you live in, is the most important person to contact. Yes, reach out to others also if you can, but the most important person for you to connect with is the Senator who represents YOU.
With deep aloha to all,
Join us on Tuesday, April 9 at 9:30am in the capitol rotunda as we rally to #freethestreams ahead of Tuesday’s floor session. Details HERE.
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