President's Message (Sandra Duckworth)|
Cheers and Aloha
Report from the Hill
Food Forum Education Project Workshop (Jim Koshi)
LWV of Hawaii Board
Neighbor Island Message
Legislative Coordinator, Evelyn Bender, provided Council attendees a synopsis of this year's legislative action as it pertained to League program. Here it is along with updated information followed by notes on the Governor's signing.
Legislative Access has received a lot of press coverage this year and Leaguers can be proud of its role in this area. Evelyn Bender reported on Public Access to the Legislative Process at Council. Common Cause, AAUW, and the Legislative Concerns Committee of the Council of Churches were League's partners in writing a "Position Paper on Public Participation in the 1989 Legislative Process." That paper, along with quiet lobbying, lead the way to many of the changes that occurred.
In April 1990 the House Majority Staff Office prepared a report which noted the above effort and outlined the problem areas that had been listed. As Evelyn noted in a June "Viewpoint," "the only public access room in the country was opened at the Capital. Equipped with computers, typewriters, and other materials for use by members of the public, the room, staffed by volunteers, was open 6 days a week."
Debbie Kimball, of Kauai, who has been working on Neighbor Island Access to the Legislature, provided members of Council with her League year wrap-up. Toll-free, touch-tone, fax ability, and access help (#548-1738) are telephone methods. Libraries, too, have computer and modem accessibility. Several pieces of legislation will enhance the above and future system improvements will further citizen access to the legislature.
**Pat Tummons will not be able continue as League's natural resources spokesperson and invites others who may be able to take on all, or part, of the task to give her a call - 261-7194. Mahalo, Pat! Lets keep League's voice in the Legislature on this most important subject.
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