President's Message (Sandra Duckworth)
Call to Convention
Non-Partisan Facts Explored
League Leaders Listed
Juvenile Justice Position Reviewed (Catherine Tignac)
Reapportionment: The Drama Begins (Anna Lee)
League Unveils Juvenile Justice Position
Action Ahead on Public Education (Marion Saunders)
Legislative Access Reported (Debbie Kimball)
Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) (Debbie Kimball)
League Appreciates these Companies
Elections are over and we are settling in for a long legislative session. The League's legislative priorities are listed elsewhere in this newsletter. Evelyn Bender has again agreed to be our Legislative Chair. She will coordinate all issues and testimony.
As you can see from our list of priorities , we have a full agenda. If you would like to help lobby or are willing to give testimony on behalf of the League, please contact Evelyn.
Also, thanks to the hard work of Evelyn acting on behalf of the League, and in cooperation with a strong coalition, the Public Access Room (Rm. #309 on Chamber level) is open during session. If you can volunteer to help in the Access Room, please let Evelyn know. Her number is 737-2524.
Thanks to all volunteers who will be taking the League message to the Legislature.
The delegates at National Convention last June adopted a two-year Health Care Study. The focus and scope of the study are: 1.) Focus - evaluate public and private mechanisms for delivery of and financing of health care in the United States. and 2.) Scope - examine the current status of and evaluate public and private alternatives for the delivery and financing of health care in the U. S., including coverage, cost, funding, "rationing," strengths and weaknesses.
The State League is pleased to welcome as coordinator of the study for the State Earl Fedje, President of Planning Services Hawaii, Inc. Earl has a long history of involvement and expertise in health care planning; he is looking forward to working with the local League Health Care Study chairs. If you would like to join this very important and timely study, please contact the president of your local League.
Also adopted at National Convention was a position on gun control. The position states that the proliferation of handguns and semiautomatic assault weapons in the U. S. is a major health and safety threat to its citizens.
The League supports strong federal measures to limit the accessibility and regulate the ownership of these weapons by private citizens. The League supports licensing procedures for gun ownership by private citizens to include a waiting period for background check, personal identity verification, gun safety education and annual license renewal. The license fee should be adequate to bear the cost of education and verification.
The League supports a ban on "Saturday night specials," slang for cheap handguns that are easy to buy and conceal. The League urges enforcement of strict penalties for improper possession and for crimes committed with handguns and assault weapons, and allocation of resources to better regulate and monitor gun dealers.
Plans are well along for the State Convention to be held at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, 1991. Our Convention Cochairs are Irene Coogan and Jerry Hess. We can always use volunteers, so please call Irene at #7371262 and Jerry at #944-8309.
The theme is Health Care and an exciting program is planned. Mark your calendar and plan to join the state board and local league delegates. All members are welcome. It will be a terrific convention!