GMO LABELING UPDATE

Aloha Senator Shimabukuro!

I want to start by thanking you very much for taking the time to speak with us yesterday. It was an extremely busy day for us, so I can hardly imagine what it must have been like for you. That you took time out of your schedule to speak with us speaks volumes about your character as a public official and representative of the people of Hawai’i. I also want to take a moment to apologize, first for not getting this email to you yesterday, and secondly for not realizing that you were a Richardson graduate.

Per your request, please find attached materials concerning the constitutional issues surrounding HB 174, as well as a couple of pieces regarding GMO labeling bills more generally. While it’s a little late in the game for HB 174, this fight is far from over and I figure that these materials may come in handy in the future. Please find attached the following:

  • 2013-3-12 AG opinion HB174–The AG opinion letter to Senator Baker’s Office
  • WSRSFL AG Response Memo–Our response to the AG opinion
  • Constitutionality of HB174 Concerning Labeling–Paul Achitoff’s (Earthjustice) response memo tracking our own analysis but doing a better job (see, “Difference between a law student and lawyer” ;-))
  • 2012-12-07 GE Labeling Memo-ENRLC–A detailed memo of the constitutional issues surrounding GMO labeling, with particular focus on Vermont law
  • GE Labeling-Consistency Guidelines–A one page “cheat sheet” for how to construct labeling bills that will be constitutional

I hope you find this information useful. Please feel free to contact me with any further questions you may have.

Thank you again for your time, consideration and hard work.

Mahalo!

-Christiaan Mitchell

Maile met with University of HI law students regarding the GMO labeling bill on 3/21/13.  L-R: Matthew Yoshida, Adair Fincher, Maile, and Christiaan Mitchell.  Here is a link to HB 174: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=174

Maile met with University of HI law students regarding the GMO labeling bill on 3/21/13. L-R: Matthew Yoshida, Adair Fincher, Maile, and Christiaan Mitchell. Here is a link to HB 174: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=174

GE Labeling Memo

AG opinion HB174

Constitutionality of HB174 Concerning Labeling

GE Labeling-Consistency Guidelines

WSRSFL AG Response Memo

 

LEGENDARY WAI`ANAE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COACH LARRY GINOZA HONORED BY OIA ATHLETIC FOUNDATION

 Eighth Annual OIA Athletic Foundation Dinner Honoring Ted Fukushima and Larry Ginoza

On 3/21/13, legendary Wai`anae High School football coach Larry Ginoza was honored by the Oahu Interscholastic Association (OIA) Athletic Foundation. Kailua football coach Alex Kane, and Wai`anae High football coaches Harry Mitsui and Glenn Higa spoke of their friendships and experiences with Coach Ginoza.
Senator Shimabukuro was in attendance, and enjoyed hearing the touching and often funny stories that Kane, Mitsui, and Higa shared about Coach Ginoza. Shimabukuro has fond memories of attending Wai`anae Elementary School with the children of Coaches Ginoza, Mitsui, and Higa.
“My classmates at Wai`anae Elementary included Sharlene Ginoza, Scott Mitsui, and Darren Higa. It was great to hear their fathers speak – they all made the audience laugh!” Shimabukuro shared. “Congratulations to Coach Ginoza for being honored with both the Milken Educator Award in 1991, and now this OIA Athletic Foundation Award in 2013. He has touched so many lives on the Wai`anae Coast, and his legacy lives on.”
Here is a video link to a portion of Coach Larry Ginoza’s speech:
Here is a link to information about Coach Larry Ginoza’s 1991 Milken Educator Award:
Wai`anae High School Athletic Director Glenn Tokunaga (center) invited Rep. Jo Jordan (left) and Sen. Maile Shimabukuro (right) to the OIA Athletic Foundation dinner honoring coaches Larry Ginoza and Ted Fukushima on 3/21/13.

Wai`anae High School Athletic Director Glenn Tokunaga (center) invited Rep. Jo Jordan (left) and Sen. Maile Shimabukuro (right) to the OIA Athletic Foundation dinner honoring coaches Larry Ginoza and Ted Fukushima on 3/21/13.

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ARMY NEWS: Soldiers assist with vision screenings at Nanaikapono Elementary

Aloha Community Leaders:

 Recently, Soldiers from the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, partnered with the Lion’s Club to assist with grade school vision screenings at Nanaikapono Elementary School.

Read more about the Army’s School Partnership Program effort in today’s edition of the Hawaii Army Weekly or here at http://tinyurl.com/a9pj7yx

Sgt. Andrew Pollard from 1-14th Inf. Regt. helps screen the vision of a student from Nanaikapono Elementary School. The Golden Dragons partner with the elementary school through the School Partnership Program to increase Army involvement in the communities in which they live.

Sgt. Andrew Pollard from 1-14th Inf. Regt. helps screen the vision of a student from Nanaikapono Elementary School. The Golden Dragons partner with the elementary school through the School Partnership Program to increase Army involvement in the communities in which they live.

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March 22, 2013

Golden Dragons set sights on grade school vision screenings

WAIANAE – Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, “Golden Dragons,” 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, visited Nanaikapono Elementary School, March 11, to help members of the Lions Club give vision screenings to students.

The visit was part of the School Partnership Program and gave the Golden Dragons a chance to give a little back to the community.

“I grew up in an area that needed some help,” said 1st Lt. Timothy McCracken, 1-14th Inf. operations officer. “I remember Soldiers and members of the community coming and helping us out with projects around the school. So, I think this is really just giving back, and I think 1-14th Golden Dragons leading the way on this is a great way to have a positive influence on the community.”

Lions Club members organized the vision screening with club members from the Ewa Beach and Kapolei branches coming out to work with the Golden Dragons to test the kids.

“Back in the 30s, Helen Keller identified Lions Club International as being crusaders for the blind, and she was also deafblind,”

said Sam Fisk, the Lions Club vision screening organizer.

“So, we are crusaders for blind- and hearing-disabled individuals, whether they are young, old or in between. But our primary mission in Hawaii,” he continued, “is to deal with school children, because vision is so important to the education of children in terms of their ability to acquire new knowledge and to be successful as adults.”

Fisk also said that it would be difficult to make the vision screenings happen without military support.

“Many Lions are employed, so when we have a heavy schedule of morning screenings, there are only so many retired Lions we can depend on to come out on a weekday morning,” Fisk said. “The Soldiers … have been very helpful to us because they fill in manpower to enable us to accomplish our mission. It is a win-win situation because it’s a public relations opportunity with community service. The service men and women provide more than defense. They also provide support.”

Community service like this event doesn’t just benefit the students, school, community or unit. It can provide a benefit to the individual Soldier, as well.

“Based off of this experience, having the community involvement will help me with my communications skills,” said Spc.

Brandon Russell, a medic with 1-14th Inf. “Being part of the community involvement will also help me understand different people and different learning styles. And, further in my career, it will allow me to be more open to community, helping my Soldiers to be more involved, as well, and allowing the force to be more of a presence in the community.”

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Thank you for your consideration,

Amy

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Amy L. Bugala

U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, Public Affairs Chief, Community Relations

314 Sasaoka St.

BLDG 300, RM 105, WAAF

Schofield Barracks, HI 96857

p:808-656-3158 // f:808-656-3162

amy.bugala@us.army.mil

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