Hilo News — Tia Nohealani Menino Arrested For Robbery

(Media release) — Hawai?i Island police have arrested a Hilo woman in connection with a robbery Thursday morning (January 31) in Downtown Hilo.

Shortly after noon, officers responded to a report of an armed robbery that occurred at 11:50 a.m. at a business at the corner of Keawe Street and Furneaux Lane. They learned that a 33-year-old female employee had been accosted by a woman who displayed a handgun and demanded cash. The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of money and was seen driving away in a white pickup truck.

Through the license plate number, police determined the identity and location of the person who was driving the truck. At 12:30 p.m., they arrested 23-year-old Tia Nohealani Menino of Hilo on Maka?ala Street in the Hilo industrial area.

She is being held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed this robbery call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Detective Derek Morimoto at 961-2380. Detective Morimoto may also be reached by email atdmorimoto@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

(Submitted by Hawaii Police Department via Nixle.)

Letters — Regarding Speeding Tickets In Puna

Howzit Tiffany –

Gary Young here, the wooden surfboard builder.

I’m wondering if this would be of interest:

Speeding ticket………for that fast?

A few weeks ago I was cited for speeding just Kapoho side of the Nanawale turnoff on Kapoho-Pahoa Road, and I was shocked by the Officers claim – that I was clocked at 56 MPH in a 35 MPH zone.

I recently heard from another Puna resident who also was dismayed by a speeding citation on upper Ainaloa as she was headed downhill with the cruise control engaged so as not to go over the limit.

In each case, we felt that the cited speeds were inflated. I wondered if the readings were “hot” that is the radar or laser guns adjusted to read higher……..

This reminded me that for many months as I drove by the speed indicator sign on the Pahoa Bypass (near HAAS charter school) I noticed my car’s speedometer matched the reading on the sign.

A few months ago that changed – suddenly my speedometer was reading about 8 to 10 MPH SLOWER than the sign – in other words, the sign flashed 46 MPH and my speedometer read 36 or 37.

I’m wondering if other motorists have been cited recently and if perhaps the County has been mis-calibrating their equipment.

Any thoughts?

Mahalo………………Gary

Puna News — Hawaiian Shores Community Center Reopens

(Media release) — Hawaiian Shores Community Association invites its members and the public to a blessing and open house at its newly renovated Community Center on Kahakai Boulevard at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9.

This historic building constructed in 1971 as been a community icon for years and was previously used as a community center and stables. Up until a few years ago, the hall was used by the greater community as a meeting place and venue for all sorts of celebrations and parties. Around 2007 the building was slated for demolition by the association until one of its members, Kevin Wibberley of K.W. Construction took a closer look at the “bones” of the building and it was decided to preserve this community asset. After months of repairs along with the help of community volunteers, the newly refurbished Community Center will be opened and the public can inquire of the Hawaiian Shores Community Association (965-8140 or hsca@hawaii.rr.com) on Honu Street about renting the space for activities and events.

A blessing of the property by Kumu Crabbe will take place at 1:00 PM followed by festivities including food and music by El Leo – The Jarican Express who will start around 2:00 PM. There will be a table display of the history of the Hawaiian Shores Recreational Estates subdivision and the various uses of the Community Center building also known as “the Stables”. Please plan on attending and kicking off your shoes as part of this community celebration. The event is open to the public – no charge!

(Submitted by Eileen O’Hara, president of Hawaiian Shores Community Association.)

Kona News — Mamalahoa Bypass Is Now Open 24/7

(Media release) — The Mamalahoa Highway Bypass is now open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide much-needed traffic relief to the families of South Kona

The bypass is located midway between the shoreline and Mamalahoa Highway. The bypass starts at the southern edge of Keauhou and runs approximately three miles to the bottom of Haleki’i Street in Kealakekua’s Kona Scenic subdivision.
The Mamalahoa Highway Bypass first opened in 2009 under a temporary agreement with 1250 Oceanside Partners, the developer of Hokuli’a. Initially, the bypass was only open in one direction for limited hours. Even under those conditions, the alternate route provided alleviated traffic congestion and frustration. The agreement later allowed for two-way traffic for longer hours.
“We’re happy to announce that this much-needed bypass is now permanent,” said Mayor Billy Kenoi. “It is yet another important piece of infrastructure critical to improving the traffic situation for the people of West Hawai’i.”
1250 Oceanside Partners conveyed all of its right, title and interest from the Ali’i Drive entrance to the Haleki’i Street intersection to the County in December 2012. The 4,284 feet of Haleki’i Street from Mamalahoa Highway Bypass to Muli Street was conveyed to the County in November 2012.
In preparation for opening the bypass 24/7, the Department of Public Works completed improvements to the bypass, including paving the shoulders, installing guardrails, removing a speed hump, restoring the road at the Ali’i Drive entrance, removing stop signs and striping turn lanes at the Haleki’i Street intersection. Signs prohibiting bicycles, pedestrians, mopeds, vehicles over three tons and scooters were removed. The 45 mph posted speed limit on the bypass and the 25 mph limit on Haleki’i Street will remain.
A large portion of the South Kona community works in either North Kona or South Kohala and commutes daily along Mamalahoa Highway. The two-lane bypass gives motorists an alternate route between North and South Kona. Opening this bypass was one of Mayor Kenoi’s priorities upon taking office in December 2008. The Mayor was personally involved in talks with Mauka Kona residents to insure that the opening of this bypass helps meet the critical need for the transportation infrastructure in West Hawai‘i.
“The more we improve our island’s road infrastructure and mass transit system, the less time our working people will be spending in traffic, and the more time they will be spending at home with their families,” said Mayor Kenoi.
Future plans include extending the Mamalahoa Highway Bypass from the intersection with Haleki’i Street to the junction of Mamalahoa Highway and Napo’opo’o Road.

(Submitted by Ilihia Gionson.)

Hawaii News — State Reaches Settlement with Hawaiian Electric Company

(Media release) — As island families and businesses continue to face high energy prices, Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced a settlement between the State of Hawaii and the Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (HECO) that will result in the withdrawal of a rate increase request for Hawaii Island and a significant reduction in taxpayer dollars requested to cover project costs.

Subject to approval by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), the formal settlement filed with the PUC on Jan. 28 outlines an agreement between the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ Division of Consumer Advocacy (DCA) and HECO, including its subsidiaries, Maui Electric Co., Ltd. (MECO) and Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. (HELCO), which serve Maui County and Hawaii Island, respectively.

“With high oil prices driving up electricity and other costs throughout our economy, we have to take action to help Hawaii’s families and businesses who are struggling to make ends meet,” Gov. Neil Abercrombie said. “While this settlement will help in the short-term, we remain committed to pursuing long-term solutions toward clean energy alternatives.”

As part of the settlement, HELCO will withdraw its request for a 4.2 percent or $19.8 million rate increase in 2013.

HECO and its subsidiaries will also reduce by $40 million the amount being sought for improvements to two major projects – the 110-megawatt biofuel generating station at Campbell Industrial Park and a new customer information system.

In addition, HECO will also delay filing a 2014 rate case that was originally scheduled to be filed this year under the current regulatory framework for reviewing its rates.

DCA Executive Director Jeffrey Ono said: “This settlement will benefit consumers and help reduce the ever-increasing cost of electricity.”

(Submitted by Louise McCoy.)

Hawaii News — Hawaii’s Electrical Rates to be Discussed

(Media release) —  (Submitted by Caroline Julian.) The Senate Committees on Commerce and Consumer Protection and Energy and Environment will be holding a joint informational briefing on Tuesday, January 29 at 8:30 a.m. in the State Capitol’s Auditorium.

The purpose of this informational briefing is to receive information on factors that impact electric rates, the rate- making process and to identify potential solutions to reduce the adverse impacts of increasingly high electric rates on consumers statewide

“As electrical rates continue to climb, it is important for us to look for ways that could reduce rates and help lessen the burden of high utility costs on our constituents,” said Senator Roz Baker, chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection.

The Committee is interested in information about efforts to create an integrated electrical grid using available renewable energy and firm power to benefit consumers with lower rates and reach our green energy goals efficiently and cost-effectively

“We want to hear the strategies the PUC and the utilities plan to use to incorporate more renewable energy onto the grid,” said Senator Mike Gabbard, chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Environment

The Committee is also interested in hearing what potential challenges may arise and the strategies that will be used address those challenges

The following organizations are invited to participate:

· Public Utilities Commission (PUC), Hermina Morita, Chair

· Jeffrey Ono, Executive Director, Division of Consumer Advocacy, Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs,

· Robbie Alm, Executive Vice President, Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc.

· Sharon Suzuki, President, Maui Electric Company, Ltd.

· Jay Ignacio, President, Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc.

· David Bissell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Kauai Island Utility Cooperativ

The briefing will be broadcast live on Oahu on Olelo channel 53.  For neighbor island broadcast information, please call the following public access organizations:

Puna News — Police: Second Body Found Off Stainback Highway Was Dante Gilman’s

(Media release) — Police have identified the remains found off the “Tree Planting Road” off Stainback Highway in Hilo as a 44-year-old Hawaiian Acres man who was initially reported missing and later determined to be a murder victim.

Dante Peter Gilman was identified through dental records.

Police are withholding a cause of death pending additional forensic analysis. Police are also working with an anthropologist from the Joint POW Accounting Command/Central Identification Laboratory from the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Oahu to perform additional examinations.

On January 22 at about 5:18 a.m., police received an anonymous tip of a body off the “Tree Planting Road.”

Police were conducting a search in the area for the body of Gilman, who was initially reported as missing. A murder investigation into his disappearance was initiated and Claude Keone Krause and his cousin, Kawena Krause, were both charged in that case.

Police ask that anyone with information on this case call Detective Derek Morimoto at 961-2380 or email him at dmorimoto@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

(Submitted by Hawaii Police Department via Nixle.)

Hawaii News — Legislative Hearing on Foster Family Support Payments Tuesday

(Media release) — State payments to support Hawaii’s foster children have been frozen for the past 22 years, and Hawaii foster parents will ask state lawmakers to finally increase those payments at a hearing by the Senate Committee on Human Services on Tuesday.
“It has been 22 years since the state increased the basic foster board payments that reimburse resource caregivers, also known as foster families,” said Linda Santos, President and CEO of the non-profit organization Family Programs Hawaii. “We know that resource families today must often use their own funds to provide foster children with the basics. It is crucial to provide better support to both these children and the families who care for them.”
Senate Human Resources Chair Suzanne Chun Oakland introduced Senate Bill 59 to instruct Department of Human Services to increase the foster board payments.  A similar bill was introduced in the House of Representatives by House Human Services Chair Mele Carroll.
Tuesday’s hearing will be at 1:30 p.m. in State Capitol conference room 016.

(Submitted by Kevin Dayton.)

***Commentary*** About My Mentor’s Firing And Bad Bosses In Corporate Journalism

By Tiffany Edwards Hunt

 

Skip over this if you don’t have any interest in newspapering and/or the state of Wyoming.
Regulars here know that my late father hails from Wyoming, and I graduated from the University of Wyoming. I also started my newspaper career there, and remain connected to many former colleagues in Wyoming.
Before I relocated to Hawaii, I worked for the Casper Star-Tribune,  which is the equivalent to the Honolulu Star Advertiser, being distributed statewide.
Not long after I left the state and the CST, Lee Enterprises bought the newspaper from Howard Publications.
Lee Enterprises, owning over 50 dailies and 300 weeklies around the country, doesn’t seem to be doing too well these days.
Lee Enterprises owned the Kauai newspaper until recently selling it to Honolulu Star Advertiser.
The management of Casper Star Tribune apparently fret so much over numbers they have put all their senior staffers on the chopping block and are letting them go one by one.
News is clearly the “news hole” to fill in beyond the advertisements ; Nevermind, quality news gatherers! It obviously doesn’t matter to CST management to have any insitutional knowledge on board. They have proved themselves to be saboteurs, last week dismissing Kerry Drake, one of the last editors remaining since the Lee Enterprises takeover. Kerry spent 19 years at the Trib, and his final days there were spent in fear that the head egomaniac company-man editor would can him. That editor subjected Drake to weekly reviews, and ultimately decided it wasn’t “working out.” His is the kind of management style reminscient of our very own Stephens Media. That style, in any profession, breeds mediocrity and status quo in newspapering.
If you have wondered why content is so lacking in newspapers here or any places where big businesses are governing newspapers, it’s that management seeks to “budget” by replacing tenured, high-paid staff with young people from out of state who don’t have the benefit of history, can be paid chump change, and can be treated poorly without question. The current Trib doesn’t even compare to the community-focused publication it was under Howard Publications’ leadership.
I am sure oldtimers can observe the decline in quality of both the Hawaii Tribune-Herald and West Hawaii Today, with out-of-state corporations providing the guiding light.   Read more

Noteworthy Obituaries — A Hat Tip To Billy Lyman

By Hugh Clark

Billy Lyman was a crack homicide investigator and so much more.
Simply put, he was a fine, well-rounded policeman who maintained his refreshing, cool demeanor. He did not abuse anyone and was honest and reliable at all times.
We had almost daily interaction for years while he was in charge of Hilo’s patrol and I called at the headquarters as the snoopy reporter. These two roles often can be contentious. They never were with Billy who I came to rely upon and trust implicitly because he had no capacity for lying.
We both retired and saw each other far less frequently in more recent years but each time I could depend on his warm hello and engaging smile. We last bumped each into each other at a hardware store last month and I noted to myself just how little my old police friend had changed over time.
Billy was so much like that “good cop” your parents or aunties painted for you while you were growing up -– a nice, helpful guy who is your friend. What a lasting legacy.
I shall miss him, his warmth and smile, as I know all of his family shall.

***Commentary*** Beat it, Danno; Regarding Scott Caan’s Dislike For Hawaii

By Tiffany Edwards Hunt

Have you heard the latest buzz about actor Scott Caan’s recent comments about Hawaii on Chelsea Lately?

 Caan plays Detective Danny “Danno” Williams in The remake of Hawaii Five-O.
He was wahanui on Chelsea Handler’s late-night television show, dissing Hawaii’s laid-back lifestyle, its food, its surf, and generalized about crystal methamphetamine. Handler helped with the insults, offering her own ambivalence about Hawaii.
Here is the exchange, beginning with Caan suggesting his girlfriend should have a Purple Heart Award for having to endure living here:
“Chelsea: She gets to live in Hawaii now, you like that right?
Scott: No I don’t. She doesn’t either. That’s why she should get the purple heart. She’s just sticking it out…
Chelsea: What’s wrong with Hawaii? There are no snakes in Hawaii?
Scott: Everything’s very slow motion. I pick up the cup, and they slowly pick up the cup, you know what I mean. Everything’s too relaxed for me. I like to hustle and there’s no hustle there.
Chelsea: There is no hustle there, that’s for sure. And there’s a lot of crystal meth there.
Scott: A lot of crystal meth. Which, you know, is not my thing.
Chelsea: I once went there. It’s not my thing, either. I went there. And the driver offered us, ’cause usually the driver, the guy at the hotel, will offer you weed or something, but the guy offered me crystal meth. And I was like, What? First of all, Now that I know you’re on crystal meth, I don’t want you driving us, A. And B, what does my face say to you that I like crystal meth? What kind of impression am I giving you? I had to really look at myself that weekend.
Scott: I don’t think it’s personal. I think that’s the routine.
Chelsea: Did you at least learn how to surf while you were out there?
Scott: I’ve been surfing my whole life.
Chelsea: I can tell by your hairdo that you’re a surfer.
Scott: Thank you. This is what I try to do, I try to paddle out and not get it wet.
Chelsea: How does that work out for you?
Scott: It never works. But surfing in Hawaii is different. It’s more like survival. It’s different. Here surfing is surfing, there it’s…
Chelsea: You grew up in Malibu surfing, right? Read more

The ‘Ukulele Beat . . . going forward

By BJ Soriano

After what one would consider more than a brief hiatus, this writer is back, definitely a bit more relaxed but undoubtedly more passionate about her writing.  First, I am thankful to Big Island Chronicle Editor and Chief, Tiffany Edwards Hunt, for her willingness to share my written musical journey with you.

Having spent a little time in previous Ukulele Beat articles on well-known and gifted ukulele pioneers, I started to think about our present-day artists, song-writers, musicians, and the like, and thought about how we as human beings have become such creatures of habit, albeit a beautiful gesture, to laud those who have made contributions in various capacities AFTER they have left this earth rather than bring honor to their name and contribution while they are still alive.  I am not criticizing anyone by any means; it’s only that I’ve come to realize how much more beautiful it would be to query those living with us today to learn exactly what is in their hearts and minds that might bestow a greater appreciation and knowledge for us.

So I begin my musical journey in this vein, and I couldn’t think of a more appropriate first subject, and that is of my long-time friend, Kenneth Makuakane.   Ironically, as I began writing the article’s draft, what song should be playing across the airwaves, but ‘E Wai‘anae,’ a song written by Randy Ngum and music composed by Kenneth Makuakane.  It was always one of my favorites, and I especially liked the last line of each verse when at the start of the line a sforzando (a sudden strong accent) leaped right into your heart and in my opinion made the song fun and easy to memorize!

Kenneth, aka Ken, Makuakane was born in Hilo in 1955.  Hailing from Keaukaha, he attended Keaukaha Preschool, St. Joseph Elementary and graduated from Kamehameha Schools, Kapalama campus.  He is a graduate of the University of Hawai`i at Hilo and currently is studying in the Masters of Divinity program with the Vancouver School of Theology.  He currently resides on the island of O’ahu, is married and has two sons.

When asked when he thought his musical journey began, he replied, “Although it might sound funny, I think my journey began when I left the womb, because as far as I can recall, I had a passion for music, but perhaps in most people’s eyes, I think they consider the first time I picked up an instrument as the genesis.”

Ken plays a number of instruments including the guitar, ‘ukulele, bass, piano, some percussion and a little flute.  He states, “ I had no true formal music training as in school work or course study, but rather learned in other various forms, including piano lessons, choirs, personal mentoring and a lot of performing.”  Enjoying many different genres of music ranging from light to metal rock, easy listening, symphonic, island music, traditional and alternative Hawaiian music, a few that gave impetus to his early musical formation were the likes of Nat King Cole, Leinaala Haili and Bill Aliiloa Lincoln.  Others who were pivotal as his musical career expanded were renowned musical artists like Gabby Pahinui, the Sunday Manoa, Cecilio and Kapono, Hall and Oates, Loggins and Messina and Crosby, Stills and Nash.  Ken stated that he gleaned as much as he could by immersing himself while listening to all the various forms of music.  He remembers one occasion that he considers an epiphany to becoming a musical composer.  “I remember listening to a country singer, Barbara Fairchild, singing a song on television, and the song she sang was such a major tear jerker just because of the way she sang the song. I went straight to the record store and bought her album.  I wore out that LP trying to find out how she made that song jump into my heart.  That’s when I decided I wanted to make albums that jumped into people.”

Ken has been writing music for a long time and estimates having written over 1,000 songs, but still considers himself a novice. Read more

Hawaii News — ‘Courage To Love’ Events To Spice Up Valentine’s Day

(Media release) — Love: think about it, feel it, sing it! The Hawaii Men’s Chorus, (founded as the Puna Men’s Chorus) now includes men from around the island, all prepared to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day, the most loving day of the year. With 2013 just beginning, here’s your opportunity to affirm all those New Year’s resolutions about appreciating life, friends and ‘ohana.

“Courage to Love” is a choral concert featuring the virtuoso vigor and four-part harmonies of men singing heart-stirring songs in both English and Hawaiian. The entire concert honors all the love in our lives, including birthdays, relationship commitments, friendships, and shared aloha with ancestors including Puna Keli’iho’omalu, who passed on February 15th, 2012.
We are excited to announce our guest conductor, John Arterton, director of the Provincetown Massachusetts’ based Outer Cape Chorale and founder of the acclaimed a capella group “The Flirtations”. In the 90 minute “Courage To Love” concert, Jon and his partner, James Mack, will share some songs from their original musical, “Just Married”, a witty and poignant look at politics and relationships. James Mack’s background includes having been a licensed minister and a men’s fashion executive in New York City.
Accompaniment for the concerts is being provided by Devon Lerma on piano, Glen Burris, ukulele, and Jonathan “Kimo” Lopez will assist with pahu drum, oli and hula choreography. Kumu hula Ehulani Stephany’s performance of “Pua Lililehua” and a “Heart of Art” lobby exhibit by Arthur Johnsen and other local artists will illustrate ways in which aloha brings joy to Hawaii residents and visitors.
Dates/Times/VenuesThursday, February 14th at Kalani Oceanside Retreat
                                    Saturday, February 16th at the First United Protestant Church,1350 Waianuenue Ave, Hilo
Both show times are: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Tickets: Advanced sales at: Basically Books, Hilo; Jungle Love, Pahoa. $12 advanced; At the door – $15/adult; $12 student/senior
To reserve Valentine’s Dinner at Kalani and for special rates for dinner/show package, call 965-7828

Hawaii News — HELCO Seeks Geothermal Expansion

(Hilo, Hawaii) Hawaii Electric Light Company today filed a proposed final Geothermal Request for Proposals (Geothermal RFP) with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The company is seeking approval to issue the 50 megawatt (MW) Geothermal RFP and commence the bidding process for potential geothermal resource developers.

“This is a significant next step toward adding more renewable energy and lowering costs for our customers,” said Jay Ignacio, Hawaii Electric Light Company president. “As an important part of the process, we must ensure any project thoroughly addresses environmental and cultural concerns from our community.”

A draft Geothermal RFP was issued in early November 2012.  The PUC also selected an Independent Observer, Boston Pacific Company, to monitor and advise on all steps of the competitive bidding process to ensure that the process is fair and adheres to the PUC Framework for Competitive Bidding.

Following a technical conference webinar in December to review the draft with interested parties and potential bidders, the company and the Independent Observer reviewed and addressed those comments in the proposed final Geothermal RFP.

Hawaii Electric Light Company is seeking to add up to 50 MW of geothermal power at prices not tied to the cost of oil to help lower electricity costs for customers. The added power must also blend operationally with other resources, including renewable energy from wind, solar, biomass and hydro.

The Geothermal RFP is pursuing geothermal technologies that provide renewable dispatchable energy and firm capacity, to allow the utility to schedule and control output from the geothermal plant.This will support HELCO’s integration of intermittent renewable resources such as wind or solar while maintaining reliable service for Hawaii Island customers.

Once a final RFP is approved by the PUC, the company will issue the RFP, opening up the process for bidders, who will have 60 days to respond.  Hawaii Electric Light Company expects to make a selection 120 days after the bids are due

Additional information, including the complete proposed schedule, may be found at http://geothermalrfp.helcohi.com

More than 40 percent of electricity on Hawaii Island is already generated from renewable resources, including hydro, wind, distributed solar and geothermal.

(Submitted by Kristen Okinaka.)

Guest Column — A List Of 2013 Legislative Hopefuls

By State Sen. Russell Ruderman

Aloha! TODAY was the last day of bill introduction here at the Hawaii State Legislature and I’d like to share my goals for the 2013 legislative session, as well as the bill’s I’ve introduced. I’ll be working hard for you in the State Senate to bring infrastructure dollars to our district, boost rural economic development and assist our small farmers, expand access to higher education opportunities, support sensible, low-cost and low-impact renewable energy development, and protect Hawaii’s precious near-shore coral reefs.  In addition to co-sponsoring many measures from other Senators, I’ve introduced the following bills.

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