e-Voice of Business July 3, 2019

President’s Message

Aloha Chamber members,

Our team is excited to start this “new” year with a line up of initiatives, which will be announced at our 169th Annual Membership Luncheon on August 14. While we are over a month away, tables are going fast as we welcome our keynote speaker from the LA Rams, Kevin Demoff.
On the advocacy front, the Governor has until July 9 to veto any bills that was on his Intent to Veto list. Last week, we provided a report on the bills we tracked during session. The status of two of the bills in the report were listed incorrectly, for which we sincerely apologize. Please refer to the Advocating for Business section below for an updated report.
Although session has ended, we are busily preparing for the 2020 Legislature. This will be an important session as many bills that did not pass last session will return, coupled with an election year where seats will be challenged and with open seats at the national, state and county levels. Now more than ever we need the business community to have a united front. As such, we plan to introduce a robust and proactive legislative agenda as well as initiate a campaign for civic engagement. If you are interested in serving as a champion for business, please email Dan Kouchi, Assistant Vice President of Government Affairs, to see how you can get involved.
Have a safe 4th of July!

Laulima & mahalo,

Sherry Menor-McNamara
President & CEO

Many hands working together in collaboration and striving for a common goal.

Advocating for Business

Updated 2019 Legislative Report

Last week we released the 2019 Legislative Report highlighting the bills that the Chamber weighed in on during the past legislative session. There were two errors in the report and we wanted to let our members know about these corrections.

 SB 1348 was mistakenly listed as having died last session. That bill was passed by both the House and Senate and has been enrolled to the Governor for his signature. HB69, a bill relating to the handyman exemption, was also included in the report. While HB69 did not pass out of the legislature, the Senate companion bill did. We’ve updated the report to reflect the status of this bill.
We apologize for these errors. The updated report can be found at this link.

Supporting our Military

Coast Guard Civil Engineering Unit Honolulu Welcomes New Commanding Officer

Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Kyle Ensley relieved Commander Todd Wimmer as the Civil Engineering Unit Honolulu commanding officer during a change of command ceremony at Base Honolulu on June 28.

The commanding officer of CEU Honolulu is responsible for field execution of the Coast Guard Civil Engineering and Environmental Programs including all project planning, design, construction, and contracting in support of operations and shore infrastructure in the Coast Guard’s 14 District.

Building our Membership

Register for the 26th Annual Employment Law Seminar

Register today to attend the Chamber’s 26th Annual Employment Law Seminar, Hawaii’s most comprehensive employment law workshop, held in partnership with Torkildson, Katz, Hetherington, Harris & Knorek Attorneys at Law. Updates will include the latest guidance and case law on topics including gender discrimination, medical marijuana and immigration.


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