April 2, 2013: Floor Action – Session Day #42
The State Senate recognized the Waianae High School Searider Productions Digital Program / Apple Distinguished Program Award Recipient. The Searider program has been producing video with Apple equipment for years. It is a worthy award for this distinguished program.
Three governor nominees were advised and consented by the full senate.
Five resolutions were approved by the Senate. Senator Slom voted against two resolutions: SCR 189 and SR 144 which requests the Dept. of Transportation to adopt rules to encourage taxis to use high efficiency vehicles, including hybird electric vehicles , at Honolulu International Airport.
Three house bills were also passed on Third Reading. Senator Slom voted “No” on HB 868 “Relating to eliminating the asset limit eligibility requirement for the temporary assistance for needy families program.”
COMMITTEE REPORT: The Senate Higher Education Committee approved 5 nominees to the University of Hawaii Board of Regents. Senator Slom voted in favor of all 5 but not before the Higher Education Committee grilled some of the nominees on transparency issues, funding of legal services, and the hiring of outside attorneys. The residency of the University of Hawaii President, MRC Greenwood also came into question. The Office of Information Practices issued a memorandum opinion regarding the UH Fact Finders’ Report.
All 5 Board of Regent nominees will be subject to full Senate confirmation soon.
Photo from the Hawaii Senate Majority Flickr stream.
April 1, 2013: Floor Action – Session Day #41
The Senate also confirmed 5 nominees on various boards and commissions relating to agriculture (GMs 597, 503, 504, 505 and 506) and one person confirmed to the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation. (GM 522)
Four resolutions were also adopted:
SCR 97 / SR 63 – DOE Systemwide review
SCR 108 / SR 74 – “Qualified Aliens” resident citizens of the Freely Associated States.