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From the State League --

On February 16 at 11:00 a.m. the 1966 Budget Session of the Hawaii State Legislature will convene, This will be the first time since the formation of our State League that the legislature will be in session - we only got in on the end of the 1965 session - and our State League officers have been busy with plans.

Their Plain objective is to educate League members on the structure of our State Legislature and how to operate successfully within that structure. To that end, the State League will sponsor a series of five programs entitled, Legislative Effectiveness. Subjects to be covered are general organization and operation of the Legislature and its committees, lobbying from both the private and governmental viewpoint, and how women can be effective in the legislature. Speakers will include people from the legislature, the administration, the Legislative Reference Bureau, and lobbyists, The plan is to keep the speeches short, so that there will be plenty of time for discussion and questions from the League participants, These programs will be held on Thursday mornings at 9:30 at the Richards Street YWCA beginning Feb. 10, The total cost to each participant will be about $2.50 to cover room rental, materials, and coffee. You will be hearing more from the State League about these programs - but plan to keep Feb. 10 and 24 and March 3, 10, and 17 open, so you won't miss a single program.

The State League also plans to issue three bulletins to all members luring the budget session - one prior to the opening, one during the session, and a wrap-up after the session is over. They also plan to have a League member at all sessions of the Legislature as an observer for the League. Anyone interested in spending one day a week during the four week session as an observer - or anyone interested in filling in in an emergency for the regular observer - please call Jane Hewitt at 32-503.

Jane Hewitt
Voter Service, LWV of Honolulu

One of the projects for Leagues across the country at year-end is interviewing their respective Senators and Representatives. There are two purposes for these interviews. One, to ascertain the thinking of these legislators on the LWV's current agenda items (plus homerule for Washington, D.C.); and two, to create and maintain friendly relations between the LWV and these men and women in Washington. Last year the Honolulu League batted .500, seeing only our two Senators. But this year our batting average zoomed to 1.000. Senators Inouye and Fong and Representatives Mink and Matsunaga all found time in their busy schedules to grant interviews. They were most generous with their time and very interested to exchange ideas with the League members who conducted the interviews.

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