2013 Legislative Session Summary
Aloha and hope this correspondence finds everyone doing well.
Now that our 2013 Legislative Session has just ending, I thought I would take the opportunity to send all of you a short summary of the past four months.
The 2013 Legislative session was both interesting and challenging as we opened with 13 new members elected into the House and Senate delegation.
We saw changes in both House and Senate leadership with new Senate President Donna Mercado Kim, and new House Speaker Joe Souki.
Senator Brickwood Galuteria became the new Chair of the Senate Committee on Tourism and Hawaiian Affairs. Senator Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran was Vice Chair
Senator David Y.Ige Chaired the Senate Ways and Means Committee. Michelle N. Kidani was the Vice Chair.
Representative Tom Brower Chaired the House Committee on Tourism. Rep. Romy Cachola was Vice Chair.
Representative Sylvia Luke Chaired the Finance Committee, Rep. Scott Nishimoto and Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson Vice Chaired Finance.
It should be noted that all of the above were extremely supportive in our efforts this past Legislative session. With new leadership on both sides, most did not know what to expect at the beginning of the session. However with active work from many of the industry people like Max Sword, Jeannine Souki, Mike McCartney, Jon Okudara, Lisa Paulson, and others who worked closely with leadership, committee chairs, and members of the legislature to insure that the voice of our industry and business was heard and represented. It was truly a “team effort” by so many to effectively get our message out to the key decision makers.We commend the Legislature and thank them for their wonderful support, and in their recognizing the important role that the visitor industry plays in the support of jobs and in Hawaii’s economy.
For your review is a short top line summary of the 2013 Legislative Session January 16th to May 3rd.
Although we always want more, overall, the business community and our lodging and visitor industry fared fairly well this session.
Register to Participate in the 14th Annual HLTA Scholarship Golf Tournament at Hawaii Prince Golf Club on August 21
The Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Assocation (HLTA) sponsors the annual Golf Tournament. This year the tournament will be held on Wednesday, August 21st, 2013, at the beautiful Hawaii Prince Golf Club at Ewa Beach
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Hawaii Hotel Industry Foundation’s Scholarship Fund which distributes educational scholarships annually. We urge you to support and participate in one of the industry’s best golf tournaments.
Registration and Prize donation forms are available here. We’ll see you on the greens!