BY SENATE MINORITY – Senator Sam Slom has introduced a bill to designate the Hawaiian Hoary Bat (Ope’ape’a) as the Official State land mammal. SB775 is scheduled for a hearing this Thursday, February 21 in Technology and the Arts (TEC) committee. Our office is contacting people who might be interested in submitting testimony, and in contacting anyone else who might also be interested in testifying in favor of this bill.
Send your email testimony to the following addresses:
TECtestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov – This sends testimony straight to the TEC committee.
firstname.lastname@example.org – Send a copy of your testimony to State Senator Sam Slom
A copy of the Hearing Notice with links to the bill and status is posted below:
Status and Link to SB 775: https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=775&year=2013
You can also read the entire bill from the above link.
THE TWENTY-SEVENTH LEGISLATURE
REGULAR SESSION OF 2013
Senator Glenn Wakai, Chair
Senator Clarence K. Nishihara, Vice Chair
NOTICE OF HEARING
|DATE:||Thursday, February 21, 2013|
|PLACE:||Conference Room 414
415 South Beretania Street
A G E N D A
|SB 856||RELATING TO HOLIDAYS.
Establishes January 30 of each year as “Fred Korematsu Day” to celebrate, honor, raise awareness, and educate about Fred Korematsu and his commitment to preserving civil liberties.
|SB 775||RELATING TO STATE LAND MAMMAL.
Designates the Hawaiian hoary bat as the state land mammal.
Decision Making to follow, if time permits.
SENATE NEIGHBOR ISLAND VIDEOCONFERENCE PILOT PROJECT HEARING
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Click here to submit testimony to the Senate Committee on Technology and the Arts.
Testimony may be submitted up to 24 hours prior to the start of the hearing.
FOR AMENDED NOTICES: Measures that have been deleted are stricken through and measures that have been added are underscored. If a measure is both underscored and stricken through, that measure has been deleted from the agenda.
If you require auxiliary aids or services to participate in the public hearing process (i.e. ASL or foreign language interpreter, or wheelchair accessibility), please contact the committee clerk at least 24 hours prior to the hearing so that arrangements can be made.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL THE COMMITTEE CLERK AT (808) 586-7340.
This hearing will be on Twitter: https://twitter.com/HI_Senate_TEC.
MORE ON THE WEB
Hawaiian Hoary Bat Fan Site
Whew! Now that this critical piece of legislation is taken care of, we can now focus on the little things…like the budget deficit and reducing taxes. LOL just kidding. I mean finding new things to tax.
Designating the Monk Seal as the State Mammal and the Hoary Bat as the State Land Mammal are important steps in protecting these species. To my knowledge a state mammal has never gone extinct and the designations helps these species because Hawaii State officials would not want Hawaii to go down as having the first state mammal to go extinct…but I do understand concerns people would have about allocating tax money to this in a tight economy.
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