30th Legislature, 2019
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Session convene times for Tuesday, January 21, 2020:
Senate: 9:30 a.m. | House of Representatives: 9:00 a.m.
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Senate District 22
Hawaii State Capitol
Room 208
phone: 808-586-6090
fax: 808-586-6091
sendelacruz@capitol.hawaii.gov
Member of the following committees:
District Information
22nd Senatorial District Map (Part 1 | Part 2) - Mililani Mauka, Waipi‘o Acres, Wheeler, Wahiawa, Whitmore Village, portion of Poamoho
Measures Passed by the Legislature
2019
Experience
Educational Background
•  Leilehua High School - Class of 1991
•  University of Oregon: BA in Journalism, BA in Communications Studies, 1995
•  Argosy University: Masters in Organization Leadership, 2015
•  University of Hawaii - Manoa: Currently working on Doctorate Degree in Architecture

Government Service

Current:

Hawaii State Senate (2010 to Present):
•  Chair, Committee on Ways and Means
•  Member, Committee on Education

Other:
•  Member, Transit Oriented Task Force
•  Member, State Land Use Task Force
•  Board Member, Hawaii Asia Pacific Association (HAPA) Young Leaders
•  Member, National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO)
•  Member, Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs (BHCC)
•  Member, National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL)
•  Member, National Conference of State Legislatures Legislative Effectiveness Standing Committee (NCSL)
•  Member, Urban Land Institute (ULI)
•  Member, Clean and Safe Energy Coalition

Past:

Honolulu City Council (2003-2010):
•  Chair, 2003-2007
•  Chair, Committee on Executive Matters
•  Chair, Committee on Public Safety & Services
•  Chair, Committee on Public Health, Safety & Welfare
•  Vice-Chair, Committee on Executive Matters
•  Vice-Chair, Committee on Affordable Housing & Economic Development
•  Vice-Chair, Committee on Transportation & Planning
•  Vice-Chair, Committee on Public Infrastructure

Other:
•  Co-Chair, Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs Annual Conference in Hawaii, 2013
•  State Commission on National and Community Service - 2010
•  Governor's Working Group on the Purchase of Turtle Bay - 2009
•  Board of Directors, National Association of Counties (NACo) - 2003-2009
•  NACo Annual Conference Advisory Committee - 2005
•  Chair, NACo 2005 Annual Conference and Exposition Steering Committee
•  Secretary, Hawaii State Association of Counties - 2003-2004
•  Chair, Wahiawa Neighborhood Board, 2000-2002

Nominations/Invitations:

•  American Council Professional Fellows Program to Armenia - 2018
•  Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options (HCREO) - 2015
•  National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) Gettysburg Leadership Experience - 2015
•  American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) Exchange Program to Australia - 2013
•  American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Educational Seminar in Israel - 2013
•  Young Elected Officials (YEO) 2013 National Convening, Washington, D. C.
•  Council of State Governments (CSG), Western Legislative Academy for Legislators - 2012
•  Emerging Leaders Program, University of Virginia - 2013
•  Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs Leadership Workshop, Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education - 2013

Community Service:

•  Member, Leilehua Alumni and Community Association
•  Member, Hawaii Bicycling League
•  Member, Advisory Council, Leeward Community College
•  Member, Leeward Community College Culinary Institute Board
•  Vice-President (2001-2002), Filipino Chamber of Commerce
•  Member, Wahiawa Lions Club
•  Member, Our Lady of Sorrows Parish

Honors and Awards:

•  HawaiiKidsCAN 2018 Legislative Champion - 2018
•  Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation Inaugural Champion of Agriculture Award - 2013
•  Filipino Community Council of Hawaii Progress Award for Excellence in Government Service, 2007
•  Pacific Century Fellow, 2004
•  Pacific Business News Forty and Under 40 Award, 2001
•  Public Relations Society of America Koa Anvil Award, 2001

Certifications:

•  U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Incident Command System (ICS-402) - 2013

Current Profession:

•  Member, DTL Hawaii

Prior Professions:

•  Director of Marketing, Watermark Publishing
•  Account Supervisor, Stryker Weiner & Yokota Public Relations
•  Account Executive, McNeil Wilson Communications
•  Public Relations Coordinator, Hilton Hawaiian Village

Creator/Author:

•  The Whitmore Project - a project to revitalize Central Oahu by re-establishing agricultural dominance in the area resulting in creation of jobs and promoting economic development.
•  Publications: The Okazu Guide, The Puka Guide, The Omiyage Guide - books focusing on such cultural activities as exploring Japanese delicatessens; "hole-in-the-wall" places that locals like to frequent; and places to buy gifts for those who engage in the local tradition of buying gifts when they travel.
Measures Introduced
 Title
SB273 RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.
SB274 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION.
SB275 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION.
SB276 SD1 HD1 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY.
SB277 SD1 HD1 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES.
SB278 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS.
SB279 SD1 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES.
SB280 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT.
SB282 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS.
SB283 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.
SB284 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE.
SB285 SD1 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS.
SB286 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND TOURISM.
SB287 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF BUDGET AND FINANCE.
SB288 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL.
SB289 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.
SB290 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ACCOUNTING AND GENERAL SERVICES.
SB291 RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF ENTERPRISE TECHNOLOGY SERVICES.
SB297 RELATING TO DIGITAL MEDIA.
SB298 RELATING TO TAX INCREMENT BONDS.
SB303 HD1 RELATING TO GARDENS.
SB338 RELATING TO CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS.
SB341 SD2 HD2 RELATED TO THE PRACTICE OF BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS.
SB342 RELATING TO CRIMINAL DEFENSE.
SB364 SD2 RELATING TO TOURISM.
SB365 SD2 HD1 RELATING TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.
SB367 SD1 HD1 RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.
SB368 RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.
SB369 RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.
SB370 RELATING TO THE HAWAII TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.
SB371 SD2 RELATING TO SCHOOLS.
SB372 RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.
SB373 SD1 HD1 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB374 RELATING TO POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION.
SB376 HD1 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB377 RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.
SB378 RELATING TO LAND USE.
SB379 SD1 RELATING TO LAND EXCHANGE.
SB382 SD2 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB384 RELATING TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING.
SB386 RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLE SUN SCREENING DEVICES.
SB387 SD2 HD1 RELATING TO TEACHER RENTAL HOUSING.
SB389 RELATING TO PREFERENTIAL ELECTRICITY RATES FOR PROTECTED AGRICULTURE.
SB391 SD2 RELATING TO BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS.
SB392 SD2 HD1 RELATING TO SPECIAL EDUCATION.
SB393 SD1 RELATING TO COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT.
SB395 SD1 RELATING TO CONVEYANCE TAX.
SB397 SD2 RELATING TO CONTRACTING.
SB399 RELATING TO NON-GENERAL FUNDS.
SB492 SD2 HD2 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES.
SB493 SD2 HD1 RELATING TO HEALTH CARE INSURANCE.
SB584 RELATING TO FUNDING FOR SCHOOL REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE.
SB666 SD2 HD2 RELATING TO AN AIRPORTS CORPORATION.
SB684 SD1 RELATING TO COMMUNITY MEETINGS.
SB686 SD1 RELATING TO MARIJUANA.
SB690 SD1 RELATING TO CLIMATE CHANGE.
SB691 RELATING TO SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING.
SB698 SD2 RELATING TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS.
SB711 SD1 HD1 RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL LAND.
SB712 SD2 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB713 RELATING TO THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY.
SB714 SD2 RELATING TO THE TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS TAX.
SB832 SD1 RELATING TO IMPORTANT AGRICULTURAL LANDS.
SB837 SD2 HD1 RELATING TO FARMS.
SB843 RELATING TO ELECTIONS.
SB845 RELATING TO ELECTIONS.
SB858 SD1 PROPOSING AMENDMENTS TO ARTICLE VII, SECTIONS 12 AND 13, OF THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION TO AUTHORIZE THE COUNTIES TO ISSUE TAX INCREMENT BONDS AND TO EXCLUDE TAX INCREMENT BONDS FROM DETERMINATIONS OF THE FUNDED DEBT OF THE COUNTIES.
SB860 RELATING TO COURT PROCEEDINGS.
SB890 RELATING TO RENTAL HOUSING.
SB895 RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
SB968 RELATING TO CARGO INSPECTIONS.
SB973 RELATING TO FIREWORKS.
SB979 RELATING TO A STATE LOTTERY.
SB983 SD2 HD1 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB1034 SD1 HD1 RELATING TO INSURANCE.
SB1035 SD1 RELATING TO SEXUAL VIOLENCE.
SB1036 SD1 HD1 RELATING TO CLINICAL VICTIM SUPPORT SERVICES.
SB1038 RELATING TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING.
SB1040 SD1 RELATING TO SEX TRAFFICKING.
SB1041 SD2 HD2 RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES.
SB1042 SD1 RELATING TO CIVIL RIGHTS.
SB1065 RELATING TO HIRING.
SB1128 RELATING TO IMPROVEMENTS AT LEILEHUA HIGH SCHOOL.
SB1129 RELATING TO CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS FOR THE WAHIAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY.
SB1131 SD2 HD2 RELATING TO OHANA ZONES.
SB1132 RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII COMMUNITY COLLEGES.
SB1358 RELATING TO CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS FOR AGRICULTURAL LAND ON OAHU.
SB1359 SD2 HD1 RELATING TO THE AGRIBUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.
SB1362 SD1 RELATING TO THE CONVEYANCE TAX.
SB1419 SD1 HD2 RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.
SB1421 SD1 RELATING TO CRIMINAL PRETRIAL REFORM.
SB1446 SD1 RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.
SB1451 SD1 HD1 RELATING TO STATE HOLIDAYS.
SB1458 RELATING TO CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS FOR THE WAHIAWA WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT.
SB1460 SD1 HD1 RELATING TO INTOXICATING LIQUOR.
SB1461 HD1 RELATING TO SCIENCE.
SB1468 RELATING TO HOUSING.
SB1504 SD1 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB1505 SD1 RELATING TO HARBORS.
SB1514 SD1 RELATING TO STATE AGENCIES.
SB1515 SD1 HD1 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB1531 RELATING TO IOLANI PALACE.
SB1533 SD1 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB2051 RELATING TO LITTERING.
SB2052 RELATING TO LOAN FORGIVENESS FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROFESSIONALS.
SB2053 RELATING TO HOUSING.
SB2054 RELATING TO INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS.
SB2055 RELATING TO GOVERNMENT.
SB2056 RELATING TO POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION.
SB2057 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB2058 RELATING TO THE CORPORATE DIVIDENDS RECEIVED DEDUCTION.
SB2059 RELATING TO WELL ABANDONMENT.
SB2060 RELATING TO COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT.
SB2061 RELATING TO CONSERVATION.
SB2062 RELATING TO SINGLE-USE PLASTICS.
SB2063 RELATING TO AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS.
SB2064 RELATING TO SCIENCE.
SB2065 RELATING TO SCHOOLS.
SB2066 RELATING TO THE GENERAL FUND.
SB2067 RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLE SUN SCREENING DEVICES.
SB2068 RELATING TO INTOXICATING LIQUOR.
SB2069 RELATING TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING.
SB2070 RELATING TO ASBESTOS.
SB2071 RELATING TO THE SOLEMN COVENANT OF THE STATES TO AWARD PRIZES FOR CURING DISEASES.
SB2072 RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.
SB2073 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB2074 PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF HAWAII TO AUTHORIZE THE LEGISLATURE TO ESTABLISH A SURCHARGE ON REAL PROPERTY TO FUND INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS NEAR RAPID TRANSIT STATIONS.
SB2076 RELATING TO HISTORIC PRESERVATION REVIEWS.
SB2077 RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENT.
SB2078 RELATING TO CONTRACTING.
SB2079 RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF THE AUDITOR.
SB2080 RELATING TO STATE BUILDINGS.
SB2081 RELATING TO PUBLIC LANDS.
SB2082 RELATING TO INVASIVE PLANT SPECIES CONTROL.
SB2083 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB2084 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB2085 RELATING TO BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS.
SB2086 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ACCOUNTING AND GENERAL SERVICES.
SB2087 RELATING TO THE CONVEYANCE TAX.
SB2088 RELATING TO PROCUREMENT.
SB2089 RELATING TO CONVEYANCE TAX.
SB2102 RELATING TO THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE ON AGING.
SB2282 RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
SB2283 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB2284 RELATING TO HEALTH CARE INSURANCE.
SB2285 RELATING TO FOOD DONATION.
SB2286 RELATING TO TOURISM.
SB2287 RELATING TO CONSERVATION FUNDING.
SB2288 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB2289 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB2290 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB2291 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB2292 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB2293 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB2294 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB2295 RELATING TO SERVICE-LEARNING.
SB2296 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB2297 RELATING TO LAND USE.
SB2298 RELATING TO THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR INCOME TAX PURPOSES.
SB2299 RELATING TO LAND EXCHANGE.
SB2300 RELATING TO HIGHER EDUCATION.
SB2301 RELATING TO LITTER CONTROL.
SB2302 RELATING TO ELECTRONIC SMOKING PRODUCTS.
SB2303 RELATING TO THE WAHIAWA DAM AND RESERVOIR.
SB2307 RELATING TO STATE PROCUREMENT OF WIFI AND INTERNET SERVICES.
SB2309 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB2313 RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES.
SB2333 RELATING TO LONG TERM CARE.
SB2334 RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES AGAINST SENIORS.
SB2336 RELATING TO LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE.
SB2337 MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR THE OFFICE OF THE LONG-TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM.
SB2339 RELATING TO ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AND RELATED DEMENTIA.
SB2341 RELATING TO PARKING FOR DISABLED PERSONS.
SB2342 RELATING TO THE KUPUNA CAREGIVERS PROGRAM.
SB2358 RELATING TO SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING.
SB2369 RELATING TO THE HAWAIIAN HOMES COMMISSION ACT.
SB2518 RELATING TO FIREARMS.
SB2519 RELATING TO FIREARMS.
SB2572 RELATING TO THE REGENTS CANDIDATE ADVISORY COUNCIL.
SB2573 RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII BOARD OF REGENTS.
SB2574 RELATING TO AGING.
SB2575 RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.
SB2576 RELATING TO REIMBURSEMENTS FOR STATE CONTRIBUTIONS.
SB2611 RELATING TO THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY.
SB2612 RELATING TO SPORTS OFFICIALS.
SCR6 CONVENING A TASK FORCE TO ADDRESS IMPLEMENTATION OF HAWAII'S STATE LAW COROLLARY TO TITLE IX IN LIGHT OF ANTICIPATED CHANGES TO FEDERAL TITLE IX REGULATIONS.