OHA Submits Package of Proposed Bills

January 27, 2020, 11:30 AM HST · Updated January 27, 11:30 AM
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File image of House floor. PC: Hawaiʻi House Democrats.

As part of its mandate to advocate for Native Hawaiians, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs submits a package of proposed bills to the Hawai`i State Legislature each year.

The agency’s Board of Trustees also votes to take positions on a wide variety of legislation impacting the Hawaiian community.

Below is more information on OHAʻs Legislative Package 2020: 

HB1781/SB2192: This bill will advocates for more consideration of Native Hawaiian rights, knowledge, values, and practices in state decision making for lands critical to Native Hawaiian culture and well-being.

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HB1782/SB2193: This measure seeks to improve the potential for people who have old convictions on their record to obtain and keep legitimate employment, thereby supporting their rehabilitation and continued law-abiding conduct over the long-term.

HB1783/SB2194: This bill establishes enforcement mechanisms to meaningfully deter violations of state historic preservation laws and better protect culturally invaluable historic sites and burials.

HB1784/SB2195 This measure aims to reinforce Native Hawaiian constitutional rights by encouraging landowners to accommodate cultural practitioners’ access to their lands.

HB1780/SB2191 Capitol improvement project funds to build a water storage facility on 511 acres of agricultural lands surrounding Kukaniloko wahi pana.

HCR5/SCR3 Strengthening historic preservation enforcement.

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