Political Radar


January 7th, 2015

Rep. Dee Morikawa has been tabbed as the new chairwoman of the House Human Services Committee following a request by Rep. Mele Carroll to be reassigned from the post because of health issues.

In a news release, Carroll (D, Lanai-Molokai-Paia-Hana) said the change would allow her to focus on her district, family and health. She did not elaborate on the health issues.

She added:

"It has been a truly humbling experience to serve as the chair of the Human Services Committee for the past two years. At the helm of this committee I was able to work to address the needs of the most vulnerable in our communities from the keiki to the kupuna on topics such as, Medicaid to foster care, and child protective services to name a few."

Morikawa (D, Niihau-Koloa-Kokee) served as vice chairwoman of the House Health Committee the last two years and also was a member of the human services, housing and finance committees.


One Response to “Reassigned”

  1. Ted Baker:

    Kudos to Rep. Carroll for stepping aside if she knows that her recent/ongoing health struggles will keep her from doing the job that needs to be done. Best wishes to Rep. Morikawa as she steps in to fill the void at the last moment.

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