As a result of being appointed to the Hawaii Labor Relations Board, Marcus R. Oshiro is no longer the Representative for House District 46. His term ended 10/24/2017. Wondering how his replacement is chosen? See Hawaii Revised Statute §17-4 (a), below. The Democratic party and the Governor will have a decision to make in the next month or two.
§17-4 State representatives. (a) Whenever any vacancy in the membership of the state house of representatives occurs, the governor shall make an appointment within sixty calendar days following the first day of vacancy to fill the vacancy for the unexpired term by selecting a person from a list of three prospective appointees submitted by the same political party as the prior incumbent. The appointee shall be, at the time of appointment, and shall have been, for at least six months immediately prior to the appointment, a member of the political party. The appointee shall, at the time of appointment, be a resident of the same state representative district as the prior incumbent. The political party shall submit the list of prospective appointees to the governor within thirty calendar days following the first day of vacancy.
(b) If the prior incumbent was not a member of any political party, the governor, within sixty calendar days following the first day of vacancy, shall appoint a person who is at the time of appointment a resident of the same state representative district as the prior incumbent and is not and has not been, for at least six months immediately prior to the appointment, a member of any political party.
The Legislature’s webmasters have set up a special page for information on the 2017 Special Session called for Monday, August 28th. It can be found here: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/splsession.aspx?year=2017a.
This is where you’ll find links to the rail funding bill, “SB1 Relating to Transportation Financing” (link to bill) and the notice for Monday’s 11:30 a.m. WAM hearing (link to hearing notice). The hearing notice lists special email addresses for submitting your testimony.
A number of Governor’s Messages also appear on the Special Session page — it looks like a number of advise and consent nominations will be considered.
Please don’t hesitate to contact the Public Access Room (PAR) with any questions.
It’s the Governor’s veto deadline (July 11), and he has chosen to veto 13 bills, allowing two others on his intent-to-veto list to become law without his signature. Here’s a link to his press release, presenting rationale for his vetoes:
All the bills that the Governor has in his possession and has neither signed nor vetoed become law today without his signature. The dates the laws take effect are found in the last section of each of the enacted bills.
A total of 217 bills from the 2017 Regular Legislative Session became law — about 7% of the total bills introduced.
Lawmakers are clearing their calendars for a Special Session tentatively scheduled to begin August 28th to consider additional funding for Honolulu’s rail transit project. This is subject to final confirmation and an agreement on proposed language of bill(s) to be discussed during the session. Please don’t hesitate to call or email PAR, and we’ll be happy to provide whatever information we can.