Senator 
Sam Slom 
Senator Sam Slom currently serves as Minority Floor Leader and represents Hawaii's 8th Senatorial District.

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Sam Slom
Senatorial District 8
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 222
phone: 808-586-8420
fax: 808-586-8426
senslom@Capitol.hawaii.gov

DISTRICT INFORMATION
8th Senatorial District Map - Hawai'i Kai, 'Aina Haina, Kahala, Diamond Head

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EXPERIENCE
Professional
• Private consulting economist
• Owner, SMS Consultants
• Owner, Convention Speakers of Hawaii
• President/Executive Director, Small Business Hawaii

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
• University of Hawaii Alumni Association
• Hawaii Pacific University Business Advisory Council
• Rediscover Hawaii Kai Organizing Committee
• Advisory Council, U.S. Small Business Administration
• Kamiloiki Elementary School PTSO
• AYSO Region 48 Soccer Coach
• Hawaii Kai Dolphins Football
• Hawaii Kai Youth Baseball
• Winners' Camp

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Tuesday, September 6

State Senate Confirms Recktenwald as Hawaii's New Chief Justice

Story from State Senator Sam Slom's Kuliouou NHB Report #2 - Sept. 2, 2010

The State Senate confirmed Mark E. Recktenwald as Hawaii's newest Chief Justice to the Hawaii State Supreme Court on September 2. He succeeds Ronald Moon who retires this month upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70.

The full Senate also confirmed Blaine J. Kobayashi to the District Court of the Second Circuit for the County of Maui.

Both nominees appeared before the Senate Judiciary and Government Operations (JGO) committee on August 25 of which I am a member. The JGO committee voted unanimously to advise and consent to Recktenwald's confirmation on Sept. 1.

The full Senate approved his confirmation by a 22-0 vote at today's special session.

You can download Senator Slom's September 2 edition of the Kuliouou Neighborhood Board #2 report which contains the rest of the story above and more news items. Click here to download.

Senator Slom floor speech in support of Justice Recktenwald follows:

"What could we ask of Mark Recktenwald that has not been asked in previous hearings? What could he tell us that he would do that he hasn't done; first, in the U.S. Attorney's office, then as the head of the struggling Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, next on to the Intermediate Court of Appeals, and now currently on the Supreme Court of the State of Hawai'i.

"You can look at the measure of a man from his educational background, and it's superior; from his experience, and it's superior; from his writing ability, and it's superior. But more importantly than all of that is his relationship with other individuals; and as was said by the Judiciary Chairman, he had unanimous support for this position. And among those that came to testify were people that had come up against him or who he had ruled against in a court of law, but they still have respect for this man because of his fairness, because of his equality. And so, you've had individuals that have known him from the legal profession, the business profession, and also from the community, where he is a leader, he is a volunteer. He's outstanding.

"I think that the nomination of Judge Recktenwald at this time represents the right man at the right time for the right job. We know that he will not disappoint us. We know that he will do exactly what he has said he will do because we have a long and distinguished career track record to view that by. I think that we can safely say that Judge Recktenwald as Chief Justice will be a beacon for true judicial reform in the State of Hawai'i. And as he also stated, his passion is for expansion of alternative dispute resolution, something that will touch everyone in the community, will make justice access more easily accessible to more people, and to bring more fairness and equity to our state.

"So, I wholeheartedly endorse the confirmation of Mr. Recktenwald, and urge my colleagues to give unanimous support. And, as a special favor to the good senator from Kahuluu, Madam President, I will not ask for or seek a Roll Call vote. Thank you."



Wednesday, September 1

Second Senate Special Session set for Chief Justice Confirmation

By Senator Sam Slom
From the Hawaii Kai NHB #1 Report, August 31, 2010.

The State Senate is meeting in special session this week for the confirmation of two judicial nominees. Senate floor sessions will be called to order on September 1 and 2 to take care of the nominations of Justice Mark E. Recktenwald to the Chief Justice position in the Hawaii State Supreme Court and the confirmation of Blaine J. Kobayashi to the District Court of the Second Circuit for the County of Maui.

Both nominees appeared before the Senate Judiciary and Government Operations (JGO) committee on August 25 of which I am a member. The committee heard about 2 hours worth of testimony, most in support of the nominees. It is expected that the JGO committee will vote to advise and consent on the nominees, after which they should pass a confirmation vote before the full Senate on September 2.

Mark Recktenwald will become Hawaii's 5th Chief Justice, succeeding Chief Justice Ronald Moon who will resign by September 4 due to the mandatory age limit statute that applies to all Hawaii State judges.

Recktenwald is a current associate justice on the Hawaii State Supreme Court after being named to the position last May. He previously served in the Hawaii State Intermediate Court of Appeals and was Director of the State Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs from 2003 to 2007.

Recktenwald is the 2nd person to be nominated by Governor Lingle to the Chief Justice position after the her initial nominee, Judge Katherine Leonard was turned down by the State Senate after going through the lengthy process and facing her critics.

District court nominee Blaine J. Kobayashi is a partner in the Carlsmith Ball LLP firm in Maui County. He previously served as Deputy Corporation Counsel for Maui County, Deputy County Attorney for Kauai County and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, also for the County of Kauai.

The Senate floor sessions will be held in the Capitol Auditorium instead of the Senate Chamber which have been taken over since July by the Office of Elections for election tallying this fall. The September 1 session will be held at 10:00 am followed by a JGO committee hearing for decision making in Room 229 at 11:00 am the same day.

On September 2, the Senate is to meet again for the 11:00 am special session where the confirmation vote is to be taken.

Photo: Associate Justice Mark Recktenwald (left) appears before the Senate JGO committee on August 25. Also shown are KHON TV reporter Andrew Gomes and his cameraman; Sen. Brickwood Galuteria and Sen. Sam Slom.

Read this article and more in Senator Slom's Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board #1 Report for August 31, 2010.



Tuesday, July 27

Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Report

Senator Slom's Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Report from July 26, 2010 is available for download as a PDF.


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MeasureTitle
SB313 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB314 RELATING TO A GENERAL EXCISE TAX HOLIDAY.
SB315 RELATING TO RECYCLING.
SB316 RELATING TO THE HAWAII HURRICANE RELIEF FUND.
SB317 RELATING TO MANDATED HEALTH COVERAGE.
SB318 RELATING TO LEGISLATIVE FISCAL IMPACT STATEMENTS.
SB319 RELATING TO WORKERS' COMPENSATION.
SB320 RELATING TO THE MINIMUM WAGE FOR TIPPED EMPLOYEES.
SB321 RELATING TO WORKERS' COMPENSATION.
SB322 PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE V, SECTION 6, OF THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION TO PROVIDE FOR THE ELECTION OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL.
SB323 PROPOSING AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF HAWAII TO PROVIDE FOR A UNICAMERAL LEGISLATURE.
SB324 RELATING TO PENAL RESPONSIBILITY.
SB325 RELATING TO ABORTION.
SB326 RELATING TO CRIMES AGAINST UNBORN CHILDREN.
SB327 RELATING TO CONCEALED CARRY LICENSE OF PISTOLS OR REVOLVERS.
SB328 RELATING TO OPEN CARRY LICENSE OF FIREARMS.
SB329 PROPOSING AMENDMENTS TO ARTICLES II, III, AND XVII OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF HAWAII TO PROVIDE FOR INITIATIVE.
SB330 PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE II OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF HAWAII TO PROVIDE FOR RECALL.
SB331 PROPOSING AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF HAWAII TO PROVIDE FOR INITIATIVE, REFERENDUM, AND RECALL.
SB332 PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE III, SECTION 4, OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF HAWAII TO IMPOSE TERM LIMITS UPON STATE REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATORS.
SB333 RELATING TO ELECTIONS.
SB334 RELATING TO COUNTIES.
SB335 RELATING TO EMINENT DOMAIN POWERS.
SB336 RELATING TO FOOD AND MEDICAL SERVICES.
SB337 RELATING TO CONFORMANCE OF STATE PERSONAL EXEMPTION TO FEDERAL PERSONAL EXEMPTION.
SB338 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB339 RELATING TO UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE.
SB340 RELATING TO MEDICAL SAVINGS ACCOUNTS.
SB341 RELATING TO TORTS.
SB342 RELATING TO TORT ACTIONS.
SB343 RELATING TO TORTS.
SB344 RELATING TO PARENTAL NOTIFICATION BEFORE AN ABORTION MAY BE PERFORMED ON CERTAIN MINORS.
SB345 RELATING TO CRIMES AGAINST UNBORN CHILDREN.
SB346 RELATING TO BRIBES.
SB347 RELATING TO JUSTIFIABLE USE OF FORCE.
SB348 RELATING TO CAPITAL PUNISHMENT.
SB349 RELATING TO WATER SUPPLY.
SB350 SD1 HD1 RELATING TO USE OF FORCE.
SB351 RELATING TO SEXUAL ASSAULT.
SB352 RELATING TO HEALTH.
SB353 RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT SECURITY.
SB354 RELATING TO THE GENERAL EXCISE TAX.
SB355 RELATING TO GENERAL EXCISE TAX.
SB356 RELATING TO TAXABLE INCOME EXCLUSION.
SB357 RELATING TO FIREARMS.
SB358 SD1 HD2 RELATING TO FIREARMS.
SB359 RELATING TO SMALL CLAIMS COURT.
SB360 SD1 HD1 RELATING TO EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES.
SB361 RELATING TO SINGLE-USE MEDICAL DEVICES.
SB362 PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE XVI, SECTION 3.5, OF THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION, TO REPEAL ARTICLE XVI, SECTION 3.5, WHICH CREATED THE COMMISSION ON SALARIES.
SB363 RELATING TO THE COMMISSION ON SALARIES.
SB364 RELATING TO FIREARMS.
SB365 RELATING TO ADULT RESIDENTIAL CARE HOMES.
SB366 MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND TOURISM, OFFICE OF PLANNING, COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM FOR THE COMPLETION OF SURVEYS AND MAPS OF PUBLIC ACCESS WAYS TO SHORELINE AREAS AND NEARBY PUBLIC PARKING.
SB367 SD1 RELATING TO OCEAN RECREATION AND COASTAL AREAS PROGRAMS.
SB368 PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION RELATING TO THE SALARY COMMISSION.
SB369 RELATING TO LEGISLATIVE SALARIES.
SB370 RELATING TO REPEAT OFFENDERS.
SB371 RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT SECURITY.
SB372 RELATING TO SALARY PERIODS.
SB724 RELATING TO PRODUCT LABELING.
SB1079 RELATING TO ETHANOL.
SB1080 RELATING TO NUCLEAR ENERGY.
SB1144 RELATING TO COASTAL AREAS.
SB1145 RELATING TO CONDOMINIUMS.
SB1151 RELATING TO FIREWORKS.
SB1276 SD2 HD1 RELATING TO SMALL BUSINESS.
SB1347 RELATING TO SMOKING.
SB2495 RELATING TO FIREARMS.
SB2496 RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION FUNDING.
SB2497 RELATING TO THE NATIVE HAWAIIAN GOVERNMENT REORGANIZATION ACT.
SB2498 RELATING TO REAL PROPERTY BLIGHT.
SB2499 RELATING TO THE STATEWIDE TRAFFIC CODE.
SB2500 SD2 RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.
SB2646 SD1 HD2 CD2 RELATING TO HAWAII SURFING RESERVES.
SB2786 SD2 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.
SB2794 RELATING TO SMOKING.
SB2795 RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT SECURITY.
SB2796 PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE I OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF HAWAII.
SB2848 RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT SECURITY.
SB2886 PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE I, SECTION 23, OF THE HAWAII STATE CONSTITUTION TO SPECIFICALLY RESERVE MARRIAGE TO OPPOSITE-SEX COUPLES.
SCR165 REQUESTING CONGRESS TO EXEMPT HAWAII, ALASKA, GUAM, AND PUERTO RICO FROM THE JONES ACT FOR THE HEALTH, SAFETY, AND SECURITY OF THEIR RESIDENTS.
SCR198 REQUESTING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO PASS A BALANCED BUDGET.
SR73 REQUESTING CONGRESS TO EXEMPT HAWAII, ALASKA, GUAM, AND PUERTO RICO FROM THE JONES ACT FOR THE HEALTH, SAFETY, AND SECURITY OF THEIR RESIDENTS.
SR97 REQUESTING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO PASS A BALANCED BUDGET.

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