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    Moanalua Lion Donna helps out at the Island Style Breakfast
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    Donna welcomes Webling Elementary students to the Capitol
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    Sen. Kim was the guest speaker at Aiea High School’s Participation in Democracy Day where she fielded questions from the students and talked about the legislative process
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    Sen. Kim joined her fellow Moanalua Lions Club members to volunteer at the Prince Lot Hula Festival

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DONNA MERCADO KIM

A Strong Voice for the People

Aloha, Friends and Neighbors

Through the diligence and efficiency of my colleagues in both the Senate and House, the Legislature have adopted key measures that would bring about improved delivery of services for our workers, kupuna and keiki, as well as the protection of the environment. Of the nearly 2900 bills that were introduced this session, around 250 passed, including measures to privatize the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation’s Maui Regional System, establishing medical marijuana dispensaries, extending the general excise tax to help fund the rail, and protecting and preserving our State’s natural resources with the Turtle Bay acquisition.

All the bills that passed the Legislature will now head to the Governor for consideration. The Governor has until Monday, June 29, to notify the legislature of an intent to veto and on Tuesday, July 14, all the bills will become law with or without his signature.

I am pleased to share with you some of the approved Grants-in-Aid (GIA) and Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) benefitting Senate District 14:

Aiea Intermediate School— Applied Technology Center—$3,200,000

Dole Middle School—Improvement of School Facilities—$2,000,000

Fern Elementary School—Walkways and Fencing—$136,000

Kalihi-Uka Elementary School—Ceiling Fans in Classrooms—$20,000

Webling Elementary School—Electrical Upgrade—$1,750,000

Farrington High School—Campus Modernization—$1,000,000

Kalihi Street Crosswalk between Ashford and Kahanu Street—Traffic Signal—$750,000

Moanalua Gardens Foundation—Huaka’i O Kamananui Stewardship Project—$125,000

I would like to express my appreciation to all of you who sent me messages sharing your sentiment on certain issues. Public opinion is a crucial part of law-making. I took note of all your calls, e-mails and letters and encourage your continued participation.

Mahalo and best wishes,

Donna

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