28th Legislature, 2015
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Senate District 20
Hawaii State Capitol
Room 201
phone: 808-586-6830
fax: 808-586-6679
sengabbard@capitol.hawaii.gov
District Information
20th Senatorial District Map - Kapolei, Makakilo, Portions of Ewa, Kalaeloa and Waipahu

Neighborhood Boards
Waipahu No. 22
Ewa No. 23
Makakilo-Kapolei-Honokai Hale No. 34
Experience
Political Office
•  Honolulu City Council (2003-2005)
•  Hawaii State Senate (2006-present)

Important Issues & Initiatives
•  Hawaii Invasive Species Council (2009-2011, 2014-Present)
•  Interagency Climate Adaptation Committee (2015-Present)
•  Red Hill Fuel Leak Task Force (2014-Present)
•  Civil Air Patrol - Legislative Squadron (2009-Present)
•  Legislative Advocate volunteer
•  Hawaii Energy Policy Forum (2008-2015)
•  Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative – Steering Committee (2010-2014)
•  Integrative Resource Planning Advisory Group (2012-2013)
•  Access to Justice Commission (2008-2010)
•  Ignition Interlock Commission (2008-2009)
•  Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Task Force (2007-2008)
Awards and Recognition
•  Hawai‘i Energy Policy Forum Transformational Achievement Award (2015)
•  Hawai‘i Youth Challenge Academy Lokahi Award (2011)
•  First Senator of Samoan Ancestry in the Senate of the State of Hawaii Legislature Award - Samoan Heritage Week (2009)
•  Legislators Who Made a Difference - Sierra Club, Hawaii Chapter (2009)
•  Lifetime Achievement Award - Knights of Columbus (2009)
•  Stars of Oceania Award - University of Hawaii Pacific Business Center (2009)
•  Compassionate Legislator Award - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (2008)
Measures Introduced
 Title
SB95 RELATING TO SELF DEFENSE.
SB96 RELATING TO CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE TWENTIETH SENATORIAL DISTRICT.
SB97 RELATING TO NATURAL RESOURCES.
SB98 RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION.
SB99 RELATING TO PARKING.
SB198 SD1 RELATING TO CRIME REDUCTION.
SB235 SD1 RELATING TO PUBLIC HEARINGS.
SB255 RELATING TO ELECTIONS BY MAIL.
SB285 RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSE, ENERGY, AND FOOD SECURITY TAX.
SB318 RELATING TO NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIANS.
SB320 SD1 HD2 RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL DISTRICTS.
SB323 RELATING TO PESTICIDES.
SB336 RELATING TO ELECTIONS.
SB337 SD1 RELATING TO HEALTH.
SB338 RELATING TO THE COMMUTER BENEFITS PROGRAM.
SB339 RELATING TO THE GENERAL EXCISE TAX COLLECTION DATE.
SB340 RELATING TO UNADJUDICATED TRAFFIC FINES.
SB341 RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.
SB342 RELATING TO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT.
SB343 HD1 RELATING TO VETERANS.
SB344 RELATING TO INCARCERATION ALTERNATIVES.
SB345 SD1 RELATING TO PASSENGERS RIDING IN BED OF PICKUP TRUCKS.
SB346 RELATING TO THE STATEWIDE TRAFFIC CODE.
SB347 RELATING TO AIR POLLUTION.
SB348 RELATING TO BIODIESEL.
SB349 SD2 HD2 CD1 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB350 SD1 RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.
SB351 RELATING TO UNEMPLOYMENT.
SB352 SD1 RELATING TO ADOPTION RECORDS.
SB353 RELATING TO RECYCLING.
SB354 RELATING TO PERMITS TO ACQUIRE.
SB355 RELATING TO RESTRAINTS OF TRADE.
SB356 SD1 RELATING TO HEALTH.
SB357 RELATING TO THE HAWAII HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE.
SB358 SD1 RELATING TO ENERGY.
SB359 SD1 HD1 CD1 RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSE, ENERGY, AND FOOD SECURITY TAX.
SB375 SD2 RELATING TO INDUSTRIAL HEMP.
SB376 SD2 HD1 CD1 RELATING TO A FARM TO SCHOOL PROGRAM.
SB377 SD1 RELATING TO FOOD.
SB379 SD2 HD2 RELATING TO FOOD.
SB380 RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
SB381 RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
SB503 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES.
SB509 SD1 RELATING TO PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS.
SB510 RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL LANDS MANAGED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND THE AGRIBUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.
SB575 RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.
SB584 SD1 RELATING TO IRRIGATION.
SB593 SD1 RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
SB595 RELATING TO MEDICAL MARIJUANA.
SB596 SD1 RELATING TO MARIJUANA.
SB597 RELATING TO ELECTIONS.
SB598 RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
SB617 SD1 RELATING TO BEACH PROTECTION.
SB687 RELATING TO RESIDENTIAL REAL PROPERTY.
SB688 RELATING TO CLOTHESLINES.
SB689 SD1 RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.
SB690 RELATING TO FORFEITURE.
SB691 RELATING TO DEVICES WITH MONETARY PAYOUTS.
SB692 SD1 RELATING TO PESTICIDES.
SB693 RELATING TO THE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.
SB694 RELATING TO COUNTY SURCHARGE ON STATE TAX.
SB695 RELATING TO MEDICINE.
SB696 SD1 RELATING TO INCOME TAX CREDITS.
SB697 RELATING TO PUBLIC LANDSCAPING.
SB698 SD1 RELATING TO ENERGY.
SB699 RELATING TO EMERGENCY SERVICES.
SB700 RELATING TO PLACES OF PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION.
SB701 RELATING TO ELECTIONS.
SB702 RELATING TO WILDLIFE.
SB703 SD1 HD1 RELATING TO SOLID WASTE.
SB704 SD2 RELATING TO ELECTRIC VEHICLES.
SB705 SD1 RELATING TO GENERAL EXCISE TAX.
SB706 SD1 RELATING TO RENEWABLE HYDROGEN.
SB707 RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.
SB708 RELATING TO MARIJUANA.
SB709 MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, MARKETING, AND CONSERVATION OF ‘ULU.
SB710 SD1 RELATING TO THE STATE INTEGRATED SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN.
SB711 SD1 RELATING TO PROCUREMENT.
SB712 RELATING TO ENTERPRISE ZONES.
SB713 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB714 RELATING TO CHILD SUPPORT.
SB715 SD2 RELATING TO RENEWABLE STANDARDS.
SB716 RELATING TO THE PRACTICE OF LAW.
SB717 SD2 HD1 CD1 RELATING TO ETHANOL.
SB793 SD1 RELATING TO THE HEALTH IMPACT OF PESTICIDES.
SB874 RELATING TO GENETIC ENGINEERING.
SB875 RELATING TO FOOD LABELING.
SB878 SD1 HD1 CD1 RELATING TO WASTEWATER.
SB928 RELATING TO SENTENCING.
SB936 RELATING TO CIVIL LIABILITY.
SB938 SD1 RELATING TO FAILURE TO REPORT A MISSING CHILD.
SB953 RELATING TO A BASIC BILL OF RIGHTS FOR VICTIMS AND WITNESSES.
SB1046 SD1 RELATING TO INVASIVE SPECIES.
SB1047 SD1 HD1 AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE REVENUE BONDS TO ASSIST PELATRON Q, LLC.
SB1048 RELATING TO ENERGY DEVELOPMENT.
SB1049 SD1 HD1 CD1 RELATING TO ELECTRONIC WASTE RECYCLING.
SB1050 SD2 HD3 CD1 RELATING TO ENERGY.
SB1051 SD1 RELATING TO FUEL CELL ELECTRIC VEHICLES.
SB1053 RELATING TO NON-FOSSIL FUELS.
SB1166 SD2 HD2 RELATING TO THE PENAL CODE.
SB1168 RELATING TO UNDERGROUND STORAGE.
SB1169 SD1 RELATING TO THE GLASS ADVANCE DISPOSAL FEE PROGRAM.
SB1170 SD1 RELATING TO PLASTIC PRODUCTS.
SB1171 RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLES.
SB1172 SD1 RELATING TO ENERGY STORAGE.
SB1178 SD2 RELATING TO HEALTH.
SB1223 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB1270 RELATING TO BEVERAGES.
SB1271 RELATING TO THE MERGER, ACQUISITION, AND CONSOLIDATION OF ELECTRIC UTILITIES.
SB1272 SD1 RELATING TO CESSPOOLS.
SB1302 SD1 RELATING TO MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES.
SB1315 RELATING TO LABELING.
SB1316 SD2 HD2 CD1 RELATING TO ELECTRIC VEHICLES.
SB1374 SD2 RELATING TO LAND EXCHANGE.
SCR35 SD1 REQUESTING THE HAWAII HOUSING FINANCE AND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING AND PERMITTING, WITH SUPPORT FROM THE HONOLULU AUTHORITY FOR RAPID TRANSPORTATION, TO CONDUCT A JOINT STUDY ADDRESSING THE DEMAND FOR WORKFORCE HOUSING AND TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT; AND TO CREATE A DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR WORKFORCE HOUSING EXPANSION.
SCR49 SD1 REQUESTING THE CLEAN UP AND INVESTIGATION OF ILLEGAL DUMPING AND ILLEGAL STRUCTURES AT 1700 LAUMAILE STREET IN KALIHI AND THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF MEASURES TO PREVENT ILLEGAL DUMPING AND ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN THE AREA.
SCR51 AUTHORIZING AN INVESTIGATING COMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE CONTESTED CHILD CUSTODY PROCEEDINGS INVOLVING THE COMMISSION OF FAMILY VIOLENCE BY A PARENT, AND TO ASSESS THE USE AND APPLICATION OF SECTION 571-46, HAWAII REVISED STATUTES.
SCR52 SD1 PETITIONING CONGRESS FOR A LIMITED AMENDMENTS CONVENTION TO RESTORE FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS BY ADDRESSING CONCERNS RAISED BY THE DECISION OF THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT IN CITIZENS UNITED V. FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION, 558 U.S. 310 (2010) AND RELATED CASES AND ADDRESS WHETHER MONEY SPENT ON CANDIDATE ELECTIONS AND BALLOT MEASURES SHOULD CONSTITUTE "SPEECH" UNDER THE FIRST AMENDMENT.
SCR53 REQUESTING EACH COUNTY TO REEVALUATE AND, IF NECESSARY, UPDATE ITS BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES FOR CONSTRUCTION TO MINIMIZE SOIL EROSION AND SEDIMENT RUN-OFF.
SCR57 SD1 HD1 EXPANDING THE TASK FORCE STUDY OF THE EFFECTS OF THE JANUARY 2014 FUEL TANK LEAK AT THE RED HILL UNDERGROUND FUEL STORAGE FACILITY, ESTABLISHED UNDER SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 73, H.D. 1, REGULAR SESSION OF 2014, TO INCLUDE AN ADDITIONAL TWENTY-SIX UNDERGROUND FUEL STORAGE TANKS IN THE STATE OWNED BY THE UNITED STATES MILITARY.
SCR63 URGING THE HONOLULU AUTHORITY FOR RAPID TRANSPORTATION TO IDENTIFY AND IMPLEMENT COST CUTTING PRACTICES.
SCR64 ENCOURAGING THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO MODIFY ITS MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION POLICY SO THAT ALL STUDENTS AFFECTED BY ANAPHYLAXIS WILL HAVE MORE EFFICIENT ACCESS TO AUTO-INJECTABLE EPINEPHRINE.
SCR70 URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO RAISE PUBLIC AWARENESS REGARDING THE ADVERSE EFFECTS AND DANGERS CAUSED BY THE USE OF MICROBEADS IN PERSONAL-CARE PRODUCTS.
SCR72 REQUESTING THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE BOARD OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES AND THE MAYOR OF THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU TO FORM A WORKING GROUP TO ADDRESS ABANDONED VEHICLES AND BOATS ON PUBLIC ROADWAYS AND STREETS.
SCR77 REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND TOURISM TO PRIORITIZE THE DEVELOPMENT OF KAPOLEI INTO A JOB CENTER IN SUPPORT OF THE STATE AND THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU'S POLICIES TO DEVELOP KAPOLEI INTO OAHU'S "SECONDARY URBAN CENTER".
SCR78 SD1 REQUESTING THE HAWAII SISTER-STATE COMMITTEE TO EVALUATE AND DEVELOP RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE INITIATION OF A SISTER-STATE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE STATE OF GOA IN THE COUNTRY OF INDIA AND FORWARD ITS RECOMMENDATION TO THE LEGISLATURE, PURSUANT TO SECTION 229-3, HAWAII REVISED STATUTES, FOR FURTHER ACTION.
SCR91 SD1 URGING CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO SUPPORT THE PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO EXPEDITE FAMILY REUNIFICATION FOR CERTAIN FILIPINO VETERANS OF WORLD WAR II.
SCR112 REQUESTING THE AUDITOR TO CONDUCT A FINANCIAL AUDIT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION TO ADDRESS ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH THE COLLECTION AND PAYMENT OF THE COUNTY SURCHARGE ON STATE TAX TO THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU.
SCR140 URGING ALL STATE AGENCIES TO RETROFIT STREET LIGHTS AND OTHER OUTDOOR LAMP LIGHTING FIXTURES WITH ENERGY EFFICIENT LIGHT-EMITTING DIODE BULBS, WHERE APPROPRIATE.
SCR174 SD1 REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, HONOLULU BOARD OF WATER SUPPLY, AND NAVY TO EXPEDITIOUSLY IMPLEMENT THE RECOMMENDATIONS SUBMITTED TO THE LEGISLATURE BY THE RED HILL FUEL STORAGE FACILITY TASK FORCE.
SR11 SD1 REQUESTING THE HAWAII HOUSING FINANCE AND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING AND PERMITTING, WITH SUPPORT FROM THE HONOLULU AUTHORITY FOR RAPID TRANSPORTATION, TO CONDUCT A JOINT STUDY ADDRESSING THE DEMAND FOR WORKFORCE HOUSING AND TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT; AND TO CREATE A DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR WORKFORCE HOUSING EXPANSION.
SR27 URGING THE HONOLULU AUTHORITY FOR RAPID TRANSPORTATION TO IDENTIFY AND IMPLEMENT COST CUTTING PRACTICES.
SR28 ENCOURAGING THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO MODIFY ITS MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION POLICY SO THAT ALL STUDENTS AFFECTED BY ANAPHYLAXIS WILL HAVE MORE EFFICIENT ACCESS TO AUTO-INJECTABLE EPINEPHRINE.
SR31 URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO RAISE PUBLIC AWARENESS REGARDING THE ADVERSE EFFECTS AND DANGERS CAUSED BY THE USE OF MICROBEADS IN PERSONAL-CARE PRODUCTS.
SR32 REQUESTING THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE BOARD OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES AND THE MAYOR OF THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU TO FORM A WORKING GROUP TO ADDRESS ABANDONED VEHICLES AND BOATS ON PUBLIC ROADWAYS AND STREETS.
SR44 SD1 URGING CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO SUPPORT THE PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO EXPEDITE FAMILY REUNIFICATION FOR CERTAIN FILIPINO VETERANS OF WORLD WAR II.
SR63 REQUESTING THE AUDITOR TO CONDUCT A FINANCIAL AUDIT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION TO ADDRESS ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH THE COLLECTION AND PAYMENT OF THE COUNTY SURCHARGE ON STATE TAX TO THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU.
SR84 URGING ALL STATE AGENCIES TO RETROFIT STREET LIGHTS AND OTHER OUTDOOR LAMP LIGHTING FIXTURES WITH ENERGY EFFICIENT LIGHT-EMITTING DIODE BULBS, WHERE APPROPRIATE.
SR109 SD1 REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, HONOLULU BOARD OF WATER SUPPLY, AND NAVY TO EXPEDITIOUSLY IMPLEMENT THE RECOMMENDATIONS SUBMITTED TO THE LEGISLATURE BY THE RED HILL FUEL STORAGE FACILITY TASK FORCE.