HONOLULU – Public Access Room will offer free workshops dubbed “We the Powerful” on the state legislative process at several Maui locations in October.
- Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 12 noon: Kahului Community Center, 275 Uhu St.
- Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m.: Kihei Public Library, 35 Waimahaihai St.
- Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 6 p.m.: Lahaina Civic Center, Social Hall, 1840 Honoapiilani Hwy.
- Thursday, Oct. 8 at 12 noon: Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center; 91 Pukalani St. (meeting room by pool)
- Thursday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m.: Wailuku Public Library, 251 High St.
“When people speak up, the legislators do listen,” said PAR Coordinator Virginia Beck. “October is an ideal time to learn more about how the law-making process works and to let State legislators know what you’d like them to focus on when the next session begins in January.”
Beck said PAR and the Legislature’s website provide some great tools and resources to follow the legislative process.
Topics covered by the workshop include:
- Tips and techniques on effective lobbying, testimony and communicating with senators and representatives
- Understanding the legislative process, deadlines and power dynamics
- Easy to use tools available on the Legislature’s website
- Helpful handouts, guides and resources
Beck said the 90-minute workshop is open to the public and provides a useful start for newcomers, as well as new information and inspiration for veterans of the legislative process.
PAR is a division of the State of Hawaii’s non-partisan Legislative Reference Bureau, which offers free assistance to constituents as they engage with State legislative government.
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