On January 20, the 2021 state legislative session started. Like so many things in life right now, the 2021 session will look different than past sessions, as it will be conducted mostly virtually. The Capitol building is not open to the public right now and as such, we will not be holding an in-person volunteer lobby day. However, it is still vitally important you connect with your lawmakers to raise your voice on important issues. We will continue to provide you ways to make an impact. Your emails and phone calls will be more important than ever. In addition, there may be opportunities to testify virtually so if that interests you please let me know.
Given projected budget shortfalls, we anticipate the state will face some very tough decisions in 2021. Our work in the 2021 session will be focused in the following areas:
- Tobacco and e-cigarette control issues
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and funding for other food access programs to help the most vulnerable in our state
- A sugary drink fee to encourage consumption of healthier beverages and to fund needed obesity prevention and health promotion programs addressing glaring health disparities in our state
We look forward to working together to build a healthier Hawaii. Thank you for your support.
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