Aloha e Friends,

Sine Die, the last day of the 2016 legislative session, will be on May 5th. It’s been a very busy and productive session as the new Water, Land, and Agriculture Chair.

One bill that’s been a priority this time around is SB 2647. This bill will help us address Hawaii’s dubious distinction of being the 3rd largest market in the nation for the illegal ivory trade. In a nutshell, the bill would ban the sale of ivory and other parts of endangered species in our state. You can check out a recent Civil Beat article I wrote about the bill here:

Me ke aloha pumehana, 

Mike Gabbard, State Senator, District 20

Chair, Water, Land, and Agriculture Committee


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NEWS RELEASE – for immediate release
May 4, 2016

HONOLULU, Hawai‘i – Members of the Senate Committee on Water, Land and Agriculture today voted to pass Senate Resolution 46.

SR46 requests the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) to engage in negotiations with the current land owners of the makai lands of Kapua to acquire the lands on behalf of the state or to lease those lands in perpetuity on behalf of the state.