By BJ Reyes
As she mentioned at last week's closing of the 2013 Legislative Session, Senate President Donna Mercado Kim is sending out a memo asking her committee chairmen and chairwomen to make assessments and identify potential problems or follow-up legislation that could be proposed.
In a memo sent Monday, Kim (D, Kalihi Valley-Moanalua-Halawa) asked the committee heads to identify at least one issue under their purview that their committee could work on during the interim.
As stated in the memo:
Here are some suggested topics/issues: Office of Elections Procedures; University of Hawaii-Procurement, Solar and PV Panel disposal; Geothermal Policies; (Genetically-Modified Organisms), (Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii); Agriculture Sustainability; or the poor conditions of our roads and highways. These are only suggestions, you may have your own ideas or issues about what your committee may want to review.
In addition, the Auditor may have issued a report that falls within the purview of your committee. In our move toward greater transparency with the public, I suggest that you hold an informational briefing on the Auditor's reports and findings. The recent Auditor's report on the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands' Homestead Services Division** or the soon to be released report on the Department of Transportation's Airports Division are examples where concerns are raised and the public should be made aware of those concerns.
She has asked the committee chairmen and chairwomen to inform her office by June 3, of what project they would like to undertake this summer.
**For more on the DHHL's Homestead Services Division, see the Star-Advertiser's special three-part series from May 5-7.