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Important Updates on HB2874 and ‘Olelo’s Application for PEG Access Services

March 3, 2012

Aloha,

We have two important updates to share with you:

DCCA Hearing on ‘Olelo’s Application to Provide PEG Access Services for O`ahu

To better accommodate the public, the DCCA has changed the location and time of the hearing. We hope you can attend and submit testimony in support of ‘Olelo’s Application which can be read here.

Date: March 29, 2012

NEW Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

NEW Location: WASHINGTON MIDDLE SCHOOL CAFETERIA

1633 South King Street

Honolulu, HI 96814

We also invite you to our Kaheas throughout the month of March for you to learn more about the application process; click here for more information on the schedule.

Despite Public Testimony in Opposition, Finance Committee Passes HB2874 with Amendments

Mahalo to those who submitted testimony in opposition to HB2874. In two days, 137 testimonies were submitted to the Finance Committee. Of those 137, 135 were opposed to the bill! The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism testified in support of the intent of the bill and the only testimony in full support of HB2874 came from Oceanic Time Warner’s President and CEO, Bob Barlow.

Unfortunately, despite your support, HB2874 PASSED WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes were as follows: 16 Ayes: Representative(s) Oshiro, M. Lee, Choy, Cullen, Har, Hashem, Ichiyama, Jordan, Kawakami, Morikawa, Tokioka, Yamashita; Ayes with reservations: Representative(s) Giugni, C. Lee, Marumoto, Riviere; Noes: none; and 1 Excused: Representative(s) Ward.

The amendments were posted this morning. Committee amended the measure by:

(1) Specifying that the term “laptop computers” means portable computer devices; and

(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.

The amendments do not address the issue of diverting PEG access funds to other purposes not serving PEG Access. Because HB2874 has passed, we are watching it carefully and will send updates should another opportunity arise for the public to speak. If you would like to follow the bill, the link is here.

Mahalo nui loa for your tremendous support! Your advocacy efforts are always important in preserving and enhancing our community’s ability to tell their stories in the future.

‘Olelo Community Media

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