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REPRESENTATIVE MARILYN LEE District 38-Mililani, Mililani Mauka, Waipio Acres Hawaii State Capitol, Room 434, 415 South Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI 96813 Phone 586-9460, fax 586-9466

replee@capitol.hawaii.gov

Mililani Mauka /Launani Valley Neighborhood Board #35 Report

January 2012

FRIENDS OF THE MILILANI PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOKSALE SCHEDULE The Friends of the Mililani Public Library (FOMPL) is having book sales on the following dates:

Dear Friends, Happy New Year! The session will formally open on January 18, however we are already at work. The Finance Committee has begun budget briefings which brings every department before the committee to explain their budget requests. The Hawaii Council of Revenue has downgraded it‟s general fund revenue growth forecast for the current year to 11.5 percent, a drop from the 14.5 projected growth predicted in September. Each 1% of growth represents 45-50 million dollars in revenues. This news will make our work more challenging in this supplemental budget year. I will continue to serve as Vice Chair of the House Finance Committee, and also serve on the Transportation, Labor and Public Safety Committee. In addition, I am cochair of the Bi-Partisan Women‟s Legislative Caucus and the Kupuna Caucus. Both groups will present legislative packages. I also serve as Chair of the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization. This year we were fortunate to hire a very competent session staff. We look forward to serving you. Aloha,

Representative District 38

February 11, 2012 May 19, 2012 August 25, 2012 November 17, 2012 All book sales will be held at the Mililani Public Library from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Proceeds from the sales go back to fund programs and purchase equipment and supplies for the Mililani Public Library.

KUKUI CONNECTION Newly-appointed Representative Tom Okamura is this month‟s guest on “Kukui Connection.” My interview with Representative Okamura will air on Friday, January 20th at 8:30 pm and will be replayed on Sunday January 22nd and Sunday January 29th at 4:00 pm. Kukui Connection can be seen on Olelo Channel 54. This is the first season the show has made primetime.


Representative Marilyn Lee—January 2012 Meet Representative Lee’s 2012 Session Staff Keanu Young is working in his second session as my office manager. Prior to coming to work in my office, he spent 4 years at the Honolulu City Council as a legislative aide to Donovan Dela Cruz representing Dela Cruz‟ office in the Mililani and Wahiawa communities. He has also worked as a legislative aide to Representatives Ken Hiraki and Della Au Belatti. Kelly Suzuka is a Punahou '07 graduate and '11 environmental engineering graduate from USC. After working for the legislative session this spring she plans to attend law school. During her free time she enjoys dancing and recently performed in the Hawaii Ballet Theater's Nutcracker. Lee Ying Kwok is a Mililani High School „07 graduate. After graduating from high school, Lee chose to stay in Hawaii, attending the University of Hawaii with a major in English and was awarded the Regents Scholarship in 2005. Tate Carpenter is a senior at UH Manoa majoring in Political Science and Spanish with a certificate in law and society. Born and raised in Montana, Tate chose Hawaii for new experiences and to gain a different cultural and political perspective. Heather Calderwood is returning to work as a volunteer in the office after spending the last legislative session working as an intern. She is a senior at the University of Hawai‟i majoring in Political Science with an AAS in Audio/Visual productions. Heather was born and raised in Saipan.

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REAPPORTION PLAN STRUCK DOWN On January 4th, 2012, the Hawaii Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the state's 2011 final Reapportionment Commission plan for redrawing political districts was unconstitutional because it counted nonpermanent residents. With a larger percentage of military members and students, opponents argued that Oahu unfairly received more political seats and denied Hawaii County an additional Senate seat. The Court ordered the Commission to design a new reapportionment plan that allocates an appropriate amount of members of the state Legislature based on permanent resident population to ensure a more accurate representation of Hawaii‟s residents. The Commission plans to meet on January 20th to begin redrawing political boundaries in hopes that the new reapportionment maps will be completed by February 1st, the day when candidates can begin filing for elective offices. The maps have to be finalized before the State Office of Elections can begin accepting nominating papers.

WOMEN’S CAUCUS PACKAGE TO HONOR WOMEN VETERANS This year the bipartisan women's legislative caucus is dedicating its legislative package to women veterans honoring their courage and perseverance and recognizing the additional challenges female soldiers face in combat zones. Today, there are 200,000 women on active duty in the military, and another 1.8 million are military veterans. The package also includes recognition of the Fisher House, which provides free or low cost lodging to veterans and military families receiving treatment at military medical centers.

Left to right– Keanu Young, Tate Carpenter, Kelly Suzuka, Heather Calderwood, Lee Ying Kwok.


Mililani Community Report - January 2012