SUPPORT SB 557 Ho‘okipa Senate Bill!
Let Members of the Senate Judiciary committee know you support SB 557. Make an appointment and visit with your Senator, phone, fax, and/or email.
Glenn Wakai District 15 (Kalihi, Mapunapuna, Airport, Salt Lake, Aliamanu, Foster Village, Hickam, Pearl Harbor) / Hawai‘i State Capitol, Room 407 / PH 808-586-8585 / F 808-586-8588 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Gabbard District 20 (Kapolei, Makakilo, and portions of ʻEwa, Kalaeloa, and Waipahu) / Hawai‘i State Capitol, Room 201 / PH 808-586-6830 / F 808-586-6679 / email@example.com
Donna Mercado Kim District 14 (Kapalama, ʻAlewa, Kalihi Valley, Ft. Shafter, Moanalua Gardens & Valley, portions of Halawa and ʻAiea) / Hawai‘i State Capitol, Room 218 / PH 808-587-7200 / F 808-587-7205 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Kurt Fevela District 19 (ʻEwa Beach, Ocean Pointe, ʻEwa by Gentry, Iroquois Point, portion of ʻEwa Villages) / Hawai‘i State Capitol, Room 217 / PH 808-586-6360 / F 808-586-6361 / email@example.com
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Aloha Senator ____. My name is ____, and I am your constituent. I am asking you to support SB 557 in every way possible. SB 557 saves the state money, reduces over-crowding in our jails and prisons, limits the state's liability, and helps local law enforcement agencies keep our communities safe.
Get in touch with J20’s immigration committee <firstname.lastname@example.org>
*HISTORY OF THE HO‘OKIPA BILL
SB 557 was introduced by Senators Karl Rhoads, Jarrett Keohokalole, and Maile Shimabukuro. Rhoads is Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Keohokalole is a freshman senator who took the seat vacated by Jill Tokuda after serving in the House. Shimabukuro was elected to the House in 2003 and took Colleen Hanabusa's seat in the Senate when Hanabusa was elected to Congress. All three are strong supporters of the Hoʻokipa Bill. Rhoads drafted and introduced the Senate Hoʻokipa Bill last session. Keohokalole helped introduce the House Hoʻokipa Bill last session.
The Hoʻokipa Bill passed the Senate session by a vote of 23 to 2, with one senator voting aye with reservations.
This session, SB 557 has been referred to the Judiciary and Public Safety Committees. Unfortunately, the Judiciary Committee includes Mike Gabbard (Tulsi's father) who was one of the two no votes last session, Donna Mercado Kim who voted aye with reservations last session, and Kurt Fevella, the Senate's lone Republican member. SB 557 needs an aye vote from at least one of these three if it is going to get out of committee. There is a strong chance that all three will vote against SB 557.