Welcome to Capitol Watch. The Hawaii Legislature is in full swing and Gov. Neil Abercrombie is delivering straight talk that’s not always welcome. Civil Beat is reporting on all of it.


NOTE: Because of the tsunami that hit Hawaii early Friday morning, many of the following events were canceled or rescheduled.

Pablo, Ige Join AARP for Tele-Town Hall

From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., AARP Hawaii’s Barbara Kim Stanton and guests Fred Pablo, state tax director, and David Ige, chair of Senate Ways and Means Committee, will participate in a statewide telephone dialogue about the pension tax and other proposed legislation that may impact retirement security for older adults in Hawaii:

Regitsration for the call was to end yesterday, but, you never know: Click here to see if you can join in. AARP membership not required.

Bills: Collective Bargaining

Senate Ways and Means will hear at 1:30 p.m. in Conference Room 211 a request for emergency funding for the Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund through June 30.

And scheduled for 10 a.m. in Conference Room 309, House Labor and Public Employment will hear more than a dosen measures addressing salary increases and funding health benefits for public workers.

Hearing: Arsenic on Kauai

At 1:15 p.m. in Conference Room 229 Senate Health will hold an informational briefing on the recent arsenic spill on Kauai.

Resolution: Breast Feeding

At 3:15 p.m. in Conference Room 229 before two Senate committees is scheduled a resolution asking UH medical, nursing and dental hygiene schools include breastfeeding in educational curriculum.

Resolution: Legislative Broadcasts

At 2:30 p.m. in Conference Room 423 a House committee is scheduled to hear a resolution establishing policies for broadcast of cablecasts and webcasts of state House proceedings.

Abercrombie To Address Blind Convention

Neil Abercrombie is scheduled as guest speaker at the Hawaii Association of the Blind 44th Annual Convention.

The convention is set for tomorrow (Saturday) at the Pagoda Hotel near Ala Moana Center. The governor will speak around noontime.

Hanabusa Named to House Natural Resources Subcommittee

Colleen Hanabusa now serves on the House Committee on Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs. According to a press release from her office:

The Subcommittee is responsible for legislation concerning fisheries management, conservation and research, both commercial and recreational. Members also handle issues dealing with coastal and marine environment protection, as well as wildlife restoration and conservation.

The Subcommittee is also responsible for insular areas of the U.S. which include the territories of American Samoa, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

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