|Horray!, HB 2554 has been deferred by the Senate Hawaiian Affairs committee. I believe it was because of strong, and at times, passionate testimony. Friends of Kewalos placed a 12 inch stack of petitions from 2006 till now, right on the table along with a 6 foot long scroll of petitions which had a major visual impact. At the end of the hearing, addressing the crowd, 3 senators spoke with conviction supporting our cause. An uproar of applause followed each Senator. This is the first sign of a change of heart from the legislators. I hope it is a sign of more good things to come.
However, the other bill SB 3122 is still alive. It is slated to be heard by the House Finance Committee any day now. If it does occur, we need to have a tremendous turnout with the same passionate testimony to kill it just like HB2554. If we kill it here then we can breather a little easier. However, as you know anything can happen. Please check your email for the notice of hearing and make it a point to atend in your red shirt.
Preparing for the worst, we have already started to plan a Capitol Rally on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Please save the date. We are trying to see if we can bus people in. If anyone can help with this please contact us @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
The online petition is up to 991 and counting. Now is the time to push it even more. Let us surpass the 1000 mark and more!
Mahalo for all your testimonies, signing the petitions, letters to your legislators, etc. and your committment to keep KM for all the People to enjoy. We can do this!
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