Capitol Connection

A package of bills supported by the Women’s Legislative Caucus and signed into law by Governor Ige has been hailed as a significant step toward addressing inequities women face in the criminal justice system. Among the bills is HB 2421, which establishes a three-year women’s court pilot program within the judiciary. “This pilot program will ...
Read More Judicial reform for women

With the start of a new school year, First Lady and former educator Dawn Amano-Ige is sending words of encouragement to both students and teachers. “I hope we can take lessons learned from the pandemic and find inspiration from the resilience everyone has shown,” she said. “It’s always exciting to look forward to new adventures ...
Read More Celebrating differences, creativity to transform lives

Judging by the headlines, our democratic system is under siege from all sides. From civil rights and gun safety to the Jan. 6 attack on our nation’s Capitol, the political divide hasn’t left much room for civil discourse. But in Hawai‘i we’ve found ways to work together as a community — whether it’s surviving the ...
Read More From the governor: Making democracy work in tough times

Hawai‘i residents hit hard by the COVD-19 pandemic will get some welcome relief from two bills Governor Ige signed June 22. SB 514 would give a tax rebate of $300 per person to filers who earn less than $100,000 a year and $100 per person to tax filers who earn more than $100,000 a year. ...
Read More Tax rebate, minimum wage hike, other help on the way

The state Department of Health is expecting delivery of 27,500 doses of the new keiki vaccines being distributed to hospitals, pediatricians’ offices, and clinics. Pharmacies and community health centers will receive additional vaccine shipments directly from the manufacturers. Vaccines for keiki under five will be available on all islands. “Vaccines continue to offer our best ...
Read More Children under age 5 eligible for COVID-19 vaccines

Hawai‘i’s ocean and land resources will be better protected, thanks to legislation passed this session and signed by the governor June 8, World Oceans Day. “These bills support my administration’s commitment to effectively manage the state’s nearshore waters,” said Governor Ige, with 30% established as marine management areas by the year 2030. The bills include: ...
Read More Safeguarding aquatic resources, creating green jobs

The earnest efforts by hundreds of school children, their teachers, state lawmakers, and conservationists resulted in Governor Ige signing SB 2059 into law during a Washington Place ceremony. The measure designates ʻōhiʻa lehua as the official Hawai‘i State Endemic Tree. ‘Ōhiʻa is the most common native tree in our forests — from the lower elevations ...
Read More Bill signed to name ʻōhiʻa lehua as state endemic tree

Gun violence prevention has never been more urgent in the United States than it is right now. With the signing of HB2075, Governor Ige underscored that point by restoring part of a previous gun law struck down by a federal court last year. “Hawai‘i has one of the lowest rates of gun violence in America, ...
Read More Keeping Hawai‘i protected through gun safety laws

Inequity comes in many forms — some obvious, others not so much, and known only to those who suffer in silence. “Period poverty” or the inability to access menstrual products is one such issue that can present challenges for young students who are homeless or are in low-income households, individuals who identify as non-binary or ...
Read More Bill addresses ‘period poverty’ for public, charter school students