Web­sites Of­fer Wealth Of Leg­isla­tive De­tails

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the gov­er­nor pointed out that the op­por­tu­ni­ties to im­prove our econ­omy, the en­vi­ron­ment and our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem will re­quire hard work and co­op­er­a­tive ef­forts to make sure state gov­ern­ment uses our re­sources to fur­ther the well-be­ing of all of us.

Law­mak­ers are com­mit­ted to the “heavy lifting” ( the gov­er­nor’s words) to make sure that we are all work­ing on your be­half in craft­ing the state’s spend­ing plan for the next two- year bud­get cy­cle.

The Leg­is­la­ture will con­vene Wed­nes­day, Jan. 21. Our Open­ing Day pro­gram is a great op­por­tu­nity to stop by law­mak­ers’ of­fices to “meet and greet.”

My of­fice re­mains in Room 228 on the sec­ond floor — see you at the Capi­tol!

Here’s a re­minder that there are sev­eral ways you can follow our work and track spe­cific is­sues that may be of in­ter­est to you.

The Leg­is­la­ture’s on­line site has a great search func­tion, where you can find bills and res­o­lu­tions, re­view hear­ing no­tices and even sub­mit tes­ti­mony on bills by email di­rectly to com­mit­tees.

The site has won awards for be­ing com­pre­hen­sive and easy to use. You are wel­come to check it out at capi­tol.hawaii.gov.

Many hear­ings are cov­ered on ‘ Olelo’s com­mu­nity ac­cess chan­nels through Capi­tol TV. You can watch on tele­vi­sion or through live stream­ing on your com­puter or mo­bile de­vice.

For sched­uled hear­ings, log on to capi­toltv.org.

And if you need as­sis­tance in learn­ing about the leg­isla­tive process and how you can have a say in our de­lib­er­a­tions, the Leg­is­la­ture’s Pub­lic Ac­cess Room ( PAR) — in Room 401 on the fourth floor of the Capi­tol — has a great staff and many re­sources to help you get ac­quainted with is­sues as they are de­bated.

Use th­ese re­sources on- line at lrb­hawaii. org/ par, call them at 587- 0478, or stop by to chat with the help­ful and knowl­edge­able staff.

I be­gan with a ref­er­ence to the hol­i­days and the new year, and in mid-Fe­bru­ary we will cel­e­brate the ar­rival of the Year of the Ram — or as some call it, the Year of the Sheep or Goat — in the an­cient Chi­nese lu­nar cal­en­dar.

In read­ing about the Year of the Ram, I was struck by the op­ti­mistic tone for the year be­fore us. Tra­di­tions speak of “fa­vor­able changes” and a pe­riod of well- be­ing in the up­com­ing year, with a “newly gained faith in sta­ble eco­nomic growth.”

All of this should be as­sured, the an­cients say, with “dili­gence ap­plied to hard work to en­sure pros­per­ity.”

Sounds like a great way

to move for­ward in 2015.

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