Two bills aimed at abolishing the Public Land Development Corporation (PLDC) have progressed through the legislature this week. SB 707 SD2 which “repeals chapter 171C, HRS, relating to the PLDC…” passed out of the Economic Development, Government Operations & Housing (EGH), Water & Land (WTL) and Ways & Means (WAM) committees this week to set the bill up for a full Senate floor vote (Third Reading) next Tuesday, February 19 at 11:30 am. Everyone is invited to the Senate Gallery on bill voting day.
Senator Sam Slom voted in the affirmative on the bill to repeal the PLDC in all 3 committees – EGH, WTL and WAM. He will be voting in favor of the measure when it comes up for third reading on Tuesday.
The State House of Representatives voted to pass HB 1133 which also “repeals the Public Land Development Corporation” on a third reading floor vote of 49 to 0 on February 14. That bill has crossed over to the Senate.
FLOOR ACTIONS (Feb. 13, 14, & 15)
Senate Session Day 20: Senator Slom acknowledged in a short floor speech on Feburary 15 that 1/3 of the 60-day legislative session passed with no meaningful bills enacted. The following bills were passed on Third Reading votes: SB 913 (Time Shares, discolosures); SB 507 (Community Associations); SB 531 (Warning signs / alcohol consumption); SB 404 (Corrections Population Management Commission); SB 886 (Constitutional Amendment question to increase the mandatory age of retirement for State Judges and Justices). Senator Slom voted with the majority on all bills, 22 – 0 (3 excused). Senator Slom also awarded Senator Russell Ruderman with the “Tie of the Month” award.
Senate Session Day 19: The State Senate advised and consented the appointment of Ted Sakai as the Director of the Department of Public Safety (GM 582). The Senate also passed the following bills on Third Reading: SB 1001 (Enhanced 911 Board); SB 1230 (Government Motor Vehicles); SB 1079 (Health Insurance); SB 1075 (Physical Therapy) and SB 423 (In Vitro Fertilization insurance coverage). All measures passed with a vote of 24 to 0, Senator Slom voting in the affirmative. (Photo from Senate Communications office)
Senate Session Day 18: Two bills were passed by the Senate on Third Reading; They were SB 1014 (Forensic Identification); and SB 1015 (Production of Records; Out of State Process). Both bills unanimously passed third reading 25 to 0.
FROM THE FIELD: SB 789 DEFERRED
SB 789 Was scheduled to be voted on today (Feb. 13) in the education committee. This bill would allow home schooled students to participate on an equal basis in extracurricular activities offered at the public school they would otherwise be required to attend. Senate Education Chair Jill Tokuda recommended that they turn the bill into a resolution creating a task force made up of various interest groups i.e. Teachers, principals, parents of home schoolers etc. They would be charged with researching how school districts throughout the US are dealing with this subject and come up with recommendations and solutions to present to the Legislature before next year’s legislative session. - Colleen Rose Meyer
Senator Slom offered words of advice in regards to keeping vigilent on issues this group from Lanai are concerned with. They came to discuss the latest status on “Big Wind” (they and Senator Slom oppose it) and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison’s recent purchase of Lanai island and upcoming plans for the community. Photos taken at Senator Slom’s office Feb. 13, 2013.