Gary Hooser

Gary Hooser is a former member of the Kauai County Council.  He formerly represented Kauai and Niihau in the Hawaii State Senate where he served as Majority Leader and was Director of Environmental Quality Control for the State of Hawaii during the Abercrombie administration.  He also serves in a volunteer capacity as the President of the Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action.
COVID-19 Crisis Warrants A Special Legislative Session Cory Lum/Civil Beat

COVID-19 Crisis Warrants A Special Legislative Session

There is no shortage of meaningful public policy actions that could be made now.

Legislative Leadership Has Been Tested And Found Lacking Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Legislative Leadership Has Been Tested And Found Lacking

There is no shortage of things the Hawaii Legislature could do that would immediately help those most in need.

Legislative Leadership Must Rise To The Occasion Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Legislative Leadership Must Rise To The Occasion

Critical items that need to be addressed include screening and testing at airports, and food sustainability.

The Post-Pandemic Public Policy Conversation Starts Now Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Post-Pandemic Public Policy Conversation Starts Now

The fragility of our supply chain and the need for food self-sufficiency has never been so apparent.

Legislature Could Quickly Raise Minimum Wage Next Year

Legislature Could Quickly Raise Minimum Wage Next Year

A bill that stalled in the last days of the 2019 session carries over to the assembly that convenes in January.

A Progressive’s Perspective On The 2019 Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A Progressive’s Perspective On The 2019 Legislature

It’s time for a living wage, initiative and referendum, and the legalization of cannabis — and that’s just for starters.

The Strange Legislative Path Of The ConAm Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Strange Legislative Path Of The ConAm Bill

While the constitutional amendment ballot question is now moot, it’s important to understand how it came about in the first place.

Gary Hooser: I’m Voting No On The Con Con Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Gary Hooser: I’m Voting No On The Con Con

Most elected delegates would represent the status quo establishment. Their natural agenda is to strengthen their own power and influence.

Rail, Faux Democracy And Real Leadership Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rail, Faux Democracy And Real Leadership

What’s needed is a special session of the Hawaii Legislature to deal with homelessness and affordable housing.

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