Aloha e Friends,

The last day of the 2017 legislative session, Sine Die, was May 4th. A big challenge I face in introducing legislation and trying to get it passed, is finding solutions that work for all the different government agencies, environmental groups, private businesses, and the public who have an interest in the topic. My job is to gather information, listen carefully to all sides of an issue, and make a fair and well-reasoned decision with the goal of creating good public policy. This session, as the Senate's Agriculture and Environment Chair, I was particularly focused on win-win, sustainable solutions that support our goals of increased local food production and protecting our endangered species, while continuing to look for ways to decrease the threat of invasive species. Be sure to keep an eye out for my June newsletter next month, where I'll provide a complete Legislative Wrap-up.

And as always, please feel free to contact me at 586-6830 or email if I can help you or your family in any way. You can also follow me on Twitter @senmikegabbard, Instagram @sengabbard, or Facebook at

Me ke aloha pumehana, 

Mike Gabbard, State Senator, District 20

Chair, Agriculture and Environment Committee


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Latest Press Release


WHO: Sen. Mike Gabbard

• State Senate Floor Presentation for Dr. Harry Ako, Principal Investigator of the Industrial Hemp Research Project
• Joint Informational Briefing on the state Industrial Hemp Pilot Program

WHEN: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
11:30 a.m. (Floor Presentation)
1:15 p.m. (Informational Briefing)

WHERE: State Senate Chambers and Conference Room 224
Hawai‘i State Capitol