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Hawaii State Representative District 11

Duties: The Hawaii State House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the Hawaii State Legislature. The Hawaii House of Representatives is a part-time body.Areas Represented: Kīhei, Wailea, MakenaHow Elected: The house consists of 51 members elected from an equal number of respective representative districts. A Representative must be a Hawaii resident not less than three years, is at least 18 years old, and is a qualified voter of the representative district from which the person seeks to be elected. Candidates for state legislative offices who are nominated in the primary election and are unopposed in the general election will be deemed elected to the office sought after the primary election regardless of the number of votes received by that candidate (Hawaii State Constitution, Article III, Section 4). Term: Two years, not subject to term limits.Base Salary (2020): $62,604 plus $225/day if living outside Oahu, $10/day for members living on Oahu; Senate President - $70,104

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  • Howard E. GREENBERG

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Age 55
Education BA French with International Business minor from GA State University 1988
Campaign Phone (808) 870-1739
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Twitter @Tina4smaui
In my second session at Hawaii’s State Legislator, I has been challenging leadership in issues I feel don’t serve our constituency. I ran for office to help bring transparency, accountability and responsiveness to the tax payers of Hawaii. I was the very first ‘NO’ vote of the water theft bill last year: HB1326. I will not be pressured to go along to get along. Hawaii has too many issues that need to be addressed that the status quo has been either not successful at addressing or worse disinterested in acting. Corporate give away has been the way of the past. It is time for change. It’s time for our leaders to listen to their constituents and represent their interests.
Before the Covid—19 crisis, I have been focusing on climate crisis. Act now, not later urgency has led my advocacy among my colleagues. I have opposed long term leases for submerged shoreline parcels so hardening doesn’t destroy our beaches. I have advocated for innovative solid waste management technology like gasification to reduce green house gases emitted by landfills. I hosted an informational briefing with Dr. Ratner from the University of Iowa to introduce this clean technology to address our waste challenges. I wrote two bills around solid waste: one addresses using.our recycling materials instate to manufacture goods, and another to allow multiple levels of composting so smaller, non-industrial composting can occur more easily
I decided last year, I would advocate for climate crisis with hair-on-fire urgency. I was very pleased to see a more aggressive agenda moving through the state house this session prior to it being recessed for covid-19. We must move boldly toward electrification of our transportation system. We must alter how we handle solid waste, and we must pursue as much clean, renewable, sustainable, zero emission energy that we can. But we must not do these things on the backs of our residents. Our communities need to be at the table and we can’t leave entire industries behind. We will need to retrain, educate and help our workforce transition to a green economy. I short I support The Green New Deal.
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