She flew to Oahu from Maui earlier this year to testify in person for the bill, and has been watching it closely since.
“You come this far and for it to just die the way it’s dying, it’s not a pono democratic process,” she said. “The reality is that sea level rise is happening and we need to put in policies that protect our coastlines for future generations.”
The Senate also hasn’t assigned conferees for Senate Bill 562, which would extend limited liability protections for lifeguards over the objections of a group of personal injury lawyers.
Janet Mason, co-chair of the legislative committee for the Hawaii League of Women Voters, said bills die every year because negotiators weren’t assigned.
The reasons for not assigning negotiators vary and can range from scheduling conflicts to ideological opposition and the desire to use bills as bargaining chips.
Mason noted that because the Senate is much smaller than the House, it’s tougher to schedule committee hearings.
She urged the public to read about conference rules online and contact House and Senate leadership if bills aren’t being heard.
“It’s easy for advocates to become discouraged, but we can’t let that happen,” she said.
REPORTING ON HAWAII’S BIGGEST ISSUES
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