Senator Shimabukuro’s March Column in Westside Stories

Aloha! Here’s an update on some of the environmental and Hawaiian affairs bills I have introduced this session:

ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT

SB1325 – Waste Disposal; Contracts; Payments: Requires that all contracts between private entities that include disposal of waste or solid waste include a requirement of proof that the waste was received and disposed of at a licensed facility before payment is made for those contractual services.

SB1323 – Biogas; Renewable Gas Portfolio Standards: Requires the public utilities commission to direct public utilities that supply gas to the public to acquire biogas generated from nonfossil fuel sources. Establishes renewable gas portfolio standards for public utilities that sell biogas in the State.

SB777 – Public Utilities Commission: Requires the public utilities commission to hold a public hearing prior to issuing an order relating to electric transmission lines in residential neighborhoods, electricity rate cases, and mergers involving electrical utilities.

HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS

SB778 – Hawaiian Language Immersion Program; Student Assessments: Requires and appropriates funds for the department of education to establish procedures to develop an assessment of established statewide performance standards for students in the kaiapuni program. Requires reports to the legislature.

SB786 / HB1380 – Aha Moku Advisory Committee (AMAC): Appropriates funds for the administration and operation of AMAC and for community outreach.

Aha Moku Advisory Committee (AMAC) Resolution: Asks AMAC to implement administrative rules by January 2016, which have been vetted with stakeholders.

Contact me with your concerns, at 586-7793.  Mahalo!

NFL YET HI-Boys & Girls Club Nanakuli youth interviewed Sen. Shimabukuro on Opening Day.  L-R: Kevin Hirayama (board member), Shytyn Vierra, Hailey Garcia, & Solomon Alfapada. Click image to enlarge

NFL YET HI-Boys & Girls Club Nanakuli youth interviewed Sen. Shimabukuro on Opening Day. L-R: Kevin Hirayama (board member), Shytyn Vierra, Hailey Garcia, & Solomon Alfapada.
Click image to enlarge

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