31st Legislature, 2021
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Floor session convene times for Tuesday, March 9, 2021:
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Senate District 6
Hawaii State Capitol
Room 230
phone: 808-586-6070
fax: 808-586-6071
senbaker@capitol.hawaii.gov
District Information
6th Senatorial District Map - South and West Maui (Makena, Wailea, Kihei, Ma‘alaea, Lahaina, Ka‘anapali, Napili, Kapalua)

We want to hear YOUR CONCERNS and ISSUES prior to the upcoming Legislative Session and also share with you the current budget picture, provide updates on other issues and projects relating to our community as well as provide valuable information on how to lobby the legislature and track various bills and measures on-line.
Experience
•  Chair, Commerce & Consumer Protection (2009-Present)
•  Chair, Senate Ways & Means (2006-08)
•  Joint Legislative Task Force to Conduct a Review of the State Highway Fund, (2007)
•  Joint Legislative Committee on Family Caregiving, 2006)
•  Chair, Senate Committee on Health (2002-2006
•  Economic Development Coordinator, Maui County (1999-2002)
•  Maui Economic Development Board
•  West Maui Domestic Violence Task Force
•  Ex-officio board member, Maui Visitors Bureau
Awards and Recognition
•  2017 State Senator of the Year - Healthcare Association of Hawai‘i
•  2017 LUNG FORCE Champion Award - American Lung Association in Hawai‘i
•  2017 Mike Lyons' Award - Hawai‘i Farm Bureau
•  2017 Legislator of the Year - Hawai‘i Dental Hygienists Association
•  2016 Legislator of the Year - National Association of Social Workers, Hawai‘i Chapter
•  2016 Advocacy Award - Hawai‘i Academy of Family Physicians
•  2015 Clydesdale Award - Anheuser-Busch Sales of Hawai‘i
•  2015 Legislator of the Year - Hawai‘i Farm Bureau
•  2015 State Senator of the Year - Healthcare Association of Hawai‘i
•  2015 Plaque of Appreciation - Lahaina Complex After School Tutoring Program
•  2015 Health Hero - Hawai‘i COPD Coalition
•  2014 State Award for Excellence - American Association of Nurse Practitioners
•  2014 Patsy T. Mink Award - Patsy T. Mink Political Action Committee
•  2014 Angel Award - Women Helping Women
•  2014 State Legislator of the Year - HiMSS
•  2014 Plaque of Appreciation - American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists, HI Division
•  2013 St. George National Award - American Cancer Society
•  2013 Achievement in Advocacy Award - Healthcare Association of Hawai‘i
•  2013 Legislator of the Year - Hawai‘i Dental Hygienists' Association
•  2012 Kahu Malama Award - Gregory House Programs
•  2012 Outstanding Elected Leader - The Coalition for Tobacco Free Hawai‘i
•  2012 Bette Takahashi Service Award - Planned Parenthood of Hawai‘i
•  2011 Nurse Champion Award - Pacific Institute of Nursing
•  2011 Faith in Democracy Award - Faith Action for Community Equity
•  2011 Exemplary Comprehensive Cancer Control Leadership by an Elected Official - C-Change
•  2011 National Distinguished Advocacy Award - American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
•  2011 Legislative Champion - American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
•  2011 Plaque of Appreciation - 3rd Annual Henry Kaleialoha Allen Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
•  2010 Legislative Partner Award - Maui Family Support Services, Inc.
•  2010 Champion Award - Keiki Injury Prevention Coalition/Safe Kids Hawai‘i
•  2010 Shining Light Award - Hawai‘i Alliance for Retired Americans and Kokua Council
•  2010 Certificate of Appreciation - Hawai‘i Society of Respiratory Care
•  2010 Certificate of Appreciation - Mental Health America of Hawai‘i Maui Branch
•  2009 Legislator of the Year - The School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene
•  2009 "Friend of Nursing" Award - Honor Society of Nurses
•  2009 Good Government Club Special Recognition Award - Hawaiian Telcom
•  2009 Legislator of the Year - Nurse Associations of Hawai‘i
•  2008 Appreciation Award - School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene
•  2008 The Makua Makai Award - Cancer Research Center of Hawai‘i
•  2008 Exceptional Community Service Award - Maui Democrats
•  2007 Certificate of Appreciation - Hawai‘i Women's Political Caucus
•  2007 Plaque of Appreciation - Hawai‘i Counseling Association
•  2006 Certificate of Appreciation - Maui Tobacco Free Partnership
•  2006 Outstanding Elected Official - Coalition for a Tobacco Free Hawai‘i
•  2006 Kūlia Award - Hawai‘i Primary Care Association
•  2005 Raising the Bar Award
•  2005 Plaque of Appreciation - Maui Filipino Community Council and Binhi at Ani
•  2004 Legislator of the Year - Hawai‘i Optometric Association
•  2004 Legislator of the Year - Healthcare Association of Hawai‘i
•  2004 Certificate of Appreciation - Binhi at Ani
•  2003 Legislator of the Year - Hawai‘i Psychological Association
•  1998 Legislator of the Year - Hawai‘i Long Term Care Association
•  1995 Distinguished Alumni - Southwest Texas State University Alumni Association
•  1990 - Plaque of Appreciation - Parents, Teachers and Students of King Kamehameha III School

Paul Harris Fellow - The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International
Presidential Leadership Award - Women in Government
Certificate of Appreciation - Maui Tobacco Free Partnership
Measures Introduced
 Title
SB1 SD2 RELATING TO HOUSING.
SB63 RELATING TO ELECTRONIC SMOKING DEVICES.
SB64 SD1 RELATING TO MEDICAL CANNABIS.
SB65 SD1 RELATING TO INTOXICATING LIQUOR.
SB146 RELATING TO THE UNIFORM PROBATE CODE.
SB148 SD1 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB191 SD2 RELATING TO CONDOMINIUMS.
SB193 SD1 RELATING TO EQUITABLE GENDER REPRESENTATION ON CORPORATE BOARDS.
SB235 RELATING TO CONDOMINIUMS.
SB236 RELATING TO COMMON INTEREST COMMUNITIES.
SB237 RELATING TO CARE FACILITIES.
SB238 SD2 RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.
SB239 RELATING TO THE ALOHASAFE ALERT APPLICATION.
SB244 SD2 RELATING TO FOOD DONATION.
SB246 SD1 RELATING TO GOVERNMENT.
SB248 RELATING TO PROCUREMENT.
SB249 RELATING TO SINGLE-USE PLASTICS.
SB251 SD2 RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION NETWORK COMPANIES.
SB252 RELATING TO INDUSTRIAL HEMP DERIVED PRODUCTS.
SB253 RELATING TO MEDICAL CANNABIS.
SB254 RELATING TO CANNABIS FOR MEDICAL USE.
SB255 SD2 RELATING TO COMMERCIAL MARINE LICENSES.
SB563 SD1 RELATING TO COMMERCIAL TENANT PROTECTION.
SB564 RELATING TO THE MODEL STATE RIGHT-TO-REPAIR LAW.
SB565 SD1 RELATING TO ALCOHOL.
SB598 RELATING TO THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE.
SB599 SD1 RELATING TO MASSAGE THERAPISTS.
SB600 RELATING TO OFFENSES AGAINST HEALTH CARE SECURITY PROFESSIONALS.
SB601 SD1 RELATING TO ROOFING CONTRACTORS.
SB602 SD2 RELATING TO PHARMACY BENEFIT MANAGERS.
SB603 RELATING TO CONSUMER PROTECTION.
SB604 RELATED TO PRESCRIPTION DRUG COSTS.
SB605 RELATING TO PRESCRIPTION DRUGS.
SB606 SD1 RELATING TO HOUSING.
SB607 SD2 RELATING TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING.
SB608 RELATING TO GENERAL EXCISE TAX EXEMPTIONS.
SB609 RELATING TO VETERINARIANS.
SB610 SD1 RELATING TO BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS.
SB611 SD1 RELATING TO BEHAVIOR ANALYSTS.
SB612 RELATING TO CRITICAL ELECTRICAL INFRASTRUCTURE.
SB613 SD2 RELATING TO PHYSICIAN WORKFORCE ASSESSMENT.
SB614 SD2 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB615 SD1 RELATING TO RENTALS OF MOPEDS AND MOTOR SCOOTERS.
SB616 RELATING TO THE PRACTICE OF BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS.
SB617 RELATING TO THE PHYSICAL THERAPY PRACTICE ACT.
SB618 SD1 RELATING TO PARENTAGE.
SB619 SD2 RELATING TO ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSES.
SB620 SD1 RELATING TO ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSES.
SB621 RELATING TO TOBACCO PRODUCTS.
SB622 RELATING TO RESTRAINING ORDER VIOLATIONS.
SB623 RELATING TO HEALTH CARE.
SB624 RELATING TO HEALTH CARE.
SB625 RELATING TO PROCUREMENT.
SB626 RELATING TO TAXATION OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS CARRIERS.
SB627 RELATING TO ELECTRIC HYDROFOIL SURFBOARDS.
SB628 SD2 RELATING TO THE TRANSITION OF THE OAHU REGIONAL HEALTH CARE SYSTEM FROM THE HAWAII HEALTH SYSTEMS CORPORATION INTO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.
SB629 SD1 RELATING TO MEDICAL CANNABIS.
SB645 SD2 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB697 SD1 RELATING TO KALAUPAPA MONTH.
SB711 RELATING TO HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE.
SB746 RELATING TO HOUSING.
SB762 SD2 RELATING TO STATE CAPITOL FACILITIES.
SB764 SD1 RELATING TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING.
SB765 SD2 RELATING TO OPERATING A VEHICLE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF AN INTOXICANT.
SB826 SD1 RELATING TO SEX OFFENDERS.
SB827 SD2 RELATING TO BREAST CANCER SCREENING.
SB828 RELATING TO DIVORCE.
SB829 SD1 RELATING TO ABUSE OF FAMILY OR HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS.
SB830 SD2 RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT.
SB831 RELATING TO SEX TRAFFICKING.
SB832 RELATING TO VICTIM-COUNSELOR PRIVILEGE.
SB833 RELATING TO SEXUAL ABUSE OF MINORS.
SB834 SD1 RELATING TO CHILDLIKE SEX DOLLS.
SB835 RELATING TO INSPECTIONS OF CARE FACILITIES.
SB837 RELATING TO CRIMES AGAINST SENIORS.
SB839 SD2 RELATING TO HEALTH.
SB894 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB928 SD1 RELATING TO THE STATE FOUNDATION ON CULTURE AND THE ARTS.
SB973 SD1 RELATING TO HAWAII MONEY TRANSMITTER ACT.
SB974 SD2 RELATING TO CONSUMER PROTECTION.
SB975 SD1 RELATING TO PHARMACY AUDITS.
SB976 SD2 RELATING TO HEALTH.
SB1272 RELATING TO HEALTH.
SB1273 RELATING TO HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS.
SB1274 RELATING TO PSYCHOLOGY.
SB1275 SD2 RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYEES.
SB1297 SD1 RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE REVENUE BONDS TO ASSIST MAUIGROWN COFFEE, INC.
SB1310 RELATING TO COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT.
SB1355 RELATING TO CONSUMER PROTECTION.
SB1356 PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE V, SECTION 2, OF THE HAWAII STATE CONSTITUTION TO REQUIRE THE GUBERNATORIAL NOMINEE OF EACH POLITICAL PARTY TO SELECT THE PARTY'S LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NOMINEE.
SCR8 SD1 REQUESTING THE HAWAII STATE COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN TO CONVENE A TASK FORCE TO STUDY MISSING AND MURDERED NATIVE HAWAIIAN WOMEN AND GIRLS.
SCR9 CONVENING A TASK FORCE TO ADDRESS IMPLEMENTATION OF HAWAII'S STATE LAW COROLLARY TO TITLE IX IN LIGHT OF RECENT CHANGES TO FEDERAL TITLE IX REGULATIONS.
SCR42 AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF A LEASE COVERING STATE SUBMERGED LANDS AT PIER 27, IN HONOLULU HARBOR, OAHU, TO ATLANTIS SUBMARINES HAWAII, LLC.
SCR50 REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS TO CONVENE A TASK FORCE TO PROVIDE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR GRANTING PRESCRIPTIVE AUTHORITY TO QUALIFIED PSYCHOLOGISTS IN THE COUNTIES OF KAUA‘I, MAUI, AND HAWAI‘I.
SCR54 REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS TO CONDUCT AN ANALYSIS AND PROVIDE DATA ON THE NUMBER OF DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS BENEFICIARIES WHO HAVE APPLIED FOR AND NEED HOUSING IN EACH COUNTY, BY INCOME CLASSIFICATION, AND UNIT TYPE.
SCR61 REAFFIRMING THE STATE'S COMMITMENT TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE AND PRIORITIZE CLIMATE CHANGE LEGISLATION.
SCR62 URGING MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO ENACT FEDERAL LEGISLATION GRANTING STATEHOOD TO THE PEOPLE OF WASHINGTON, D.C.
SCR63 REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO CONVENE A WORKING GROUP TO CREATE A MODEL STATEWIDE SCHOOL POLICY ON STUDENT SUICIDE PREVENTION, INTERVENTION, AND POSTVENTION IN GRADES K-12.
SCR66 CONDEMNING AND DENOUNCING ALL FORMS OF ANTI-ASIAN SENTIMENT AND ALL ACTS OF RACISM, XENOPHOBIA, INTOLERANCE, DISCRIMINATION, HATE CRIME, AND HATE SPEECH AGAINST ASIAN AMERICANS AND ASIAN INDIVIDUALS IN THE UNITED STATES.
SCR67 RECOGNIZING OCTOBER 4 THROUGH OCTOBER 8, 2021, AS DIGITAL INCLUSION WEEK IN THE STATE OF HAWAII.
SCR68 REQUESTING THE LEGISLATIVE REFERENCE BUREAU TO CONDUCT A STUDY ON WAYS TO CLOSE THE DIGITAL DIVIDE.
SCR70 REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES TO CONVENE A TASK FORCE TO PLAN THE CERTIFICATION AND TRAINING PROCESS FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS TO HELP ADDRESS THE SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF POOR HEALTH THAT DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECT LOW-INCOME, MINORITY POPULATIONS.
SCR73 URGING THE STATE OF HAWAII DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO CONTINUE TO OPERATE THE HAWAII NATIONAL GUARD YOUTH CHALLENGE ACADEMY HILO CAMPUS.
SR7 SD1 REQUESTING THE HAWAII STATE COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN TO CONVENE A TASK FORCE TO STUDY MISSING AND MURDERED NATIVE HAWAIIAN WOMEN AND GIRLS.
SR8 CONVENING A TASK FORCE TO ADDRESS IMPLEMENTATION OF HAWAII'S STATE LAW COROLLARY TO TITLE IX IN LIGHT OF RECENT CHANGES TO FEDERAL TITLE IX REGULATIONS.
SR32 REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS TO CONVENE A TASK FORCE TO PROVIDE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR GRANTING PRESCRIPTIVE AUTHORITY TO QUALIFIED PSYCHOLOGISTS IN THE COUNTIES OF KAUA‘I, MAUI, AND HAWAI‘I.
SR36 REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS TO CONDUCT AN ANALYSIS AND PROVIDE DATA ON THE NUMBER OF DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS BENEFICIARIES WHO HAVE APPLIED FOR AND NEED HOUSING IN EACH COUNTY, BY INCOME CLASSIFICATION, AND UNIT TYPE.
SR43 REAFFIRMING THE STATE'S COMMITMENT TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE AND PRIORITIZE CLIMATE CHANGE LEGISLATION.
SR44 URGING MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO ENACT FEDERAL LEGISLATION GRANTING STATEHOOD TO THE PEOPLE OF WASHINGTON, D.C.
SR45 REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO CONVENE A WORKING GROUP TO CREATE A MODEL STATEWIDE SCHOOL POLICY ON STUDENT SUICIDE PREVENTION, INTERVENTION, AND POSTVENTION IN GRADES K-12.
SR48 CONDEMNING AND DENOUNCING ALL FORMS OF ANTI-ASIAN SENTIMENT AND ALL ACTS OF RACISM, XENOPHOBIA, INTOLERANCE, DISCRIMINATION, HATE CRIME, AND HATE SPEECH AGAINST ASIAN AMERICANS AND ASIAN INDIVIDUALS IN THE UNITED STATES.
SR49 RECOGNIZING OCTOBER 4 THROUGH OCTOBER 8, 2021, AS DIGITAL INCLUSION WEEK IN THE STATE OF HAWAII.
SR50 REQUESTING THE LEGISLATIVE REFERENCE BUREAU TO CONDUCT A STUDY ON WAYS TO CLOSE THE DIGITAL DIVIDE.
SR52 REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES TO CONVENE A TASK FORCE TO PLAN THE CERTIFICATION AND TRAINING PROCESS FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS TO HELP ADDRESS THE SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF POOR HEALTH THAT DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECT LOW-INCOME, MINORITY POPULATIONS.