Senate committees finalized

After the senate shakeup that happened at the tail end of the legislative session, the State Senate, now under Ron Kouchi and the Opihi faction, has announced its newly formed committees and their chairs.

Hawaii Independent Staff

The State Senate today confirmed the chairs for all 14 committees under Senate President Ronald Kouchi.

“This lineup of committee leadership is a thoughtful and effective placement of our Senators,” said Kouchi. “With these new configured committees, we believe we are able to better address the important issues that face our State.”

Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health (CPH)
        Chair:        Sen. Rosalyn Baker
        Vice Chair:    Sen. Michelle Kidani

Economic Development, Environment, and Technology (EET)
        Chair:          Sen. Glenn Wakai
        Vice Chair:    Sen. Sam Slom

Education (EDU)
        Chair:          Sen. Michelle Kidani
        Vice Chair:    Sen. Breene Harimoto

Government Operations (GVO)
        Chair:          Sen. Donna Mercado Kim
        Vice Chair:    Sen. Les Ihara, Jr.

Hawaiian Affairs (HWN)
        Chair:          Sen. Maile S.L. Shimabukuro
        Vice Chair:    Sen. J. Kalani English

Human Services (HMS)
        Chair:          Sen. Suzanne Chun Oakland
        Vice Chair:    Sen. Gil Riviere

Higher Education and the Arts (HEA)
        Chair:          Sen. Brian Taniguchi
        Vice Chair:    Sen. Gilbert Kahele

Housing (HOU)
        Chair:          Sen. Breene Harimoto
        Vice Chair:    Sen. Brickwood Galuteria

Judiciary and Labor (JDL)
        Chair:          Sen. Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran
        Vice Chair:    Sen. Maile S.L. Shimabukuro

Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs (PSM)
        Chair:          Sen. Clarence K. Nishihara
        Vice Chair:    Sen. Will Espero

Tourism and International Affairs (TSI)
        Chair:          Sen. Gilbert Kahele
        Vice Chair:    Sen. J. Kalani English

Transportation and Energy (TRE)
        Chair:          Sen. Lorraine R. Inouye
        Vice Chair:    Sen. Mike Gabbard

Water, Land, and Agriculture (WLA)
        Chair:          Sen. Mike Gabbard
        Vice Chair:    Sen. Clarence K. Nishihara

Ways and Means (WAM)
        Chair:          Sen. Jill N. Tokuda
        Vice Chair:    Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz