30th Legislature, 2019
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Floor session convene times for January 22, 2019:
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
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.
Archives
2018
January 2018 (Mililani Mauka)
January 2018 (Wahiawa and Whitmore Village)
February 2018 (Wahiawa and Whitmore Village)
March 2018 (Mililani Mauka)
April 2018 (Mililani Mauka)
April 2018 (Wahiawa and Whitmore Village)
May 2018 (Mililani Mauka)
May 2018 (Wahiawa and Whitmore Village)
June 2018 (Wahiawa and Whitmore Village)
June 2018 (Mililani Mauka)
July 2018 (Wahiawa and Whitmore Village)

2017
January 2017 (Mililani Mauka)
January 2017 (Wahiawa and Whitmore Village)
February 2017 (Mililani Mauka)
February 2017 (Wahiawa and Whitmore Village)
March 2017 (Mililani Mauka)
April 2017 (Mililani Mauka)
May 2017 (Mililani Mauka)
May 2017 (Wahiawa and Whitmore Village)
June 2017 (Wahiawa and Whitmore Village)
June 2017 (Mililani Mauka)
July 2017 (Wahiawa and Whitmore Village)
August 2017 (Mililani Mauka)
September 2017 (Wahiawa and Whitmore Village)
September 2017 (Mililani Mauka)
October 2017 (Mililani Mauka)
November 2017 (Wahiawa and Whitmore Village)
November 2017 (Mililani Mauka)

2016
January 2016 (Mililani Mauka)
January 2016 (Wahiawa and Whitmore Village)
February 2016 (Mililani Mauka)
February 2016 (Wahiawa and Whitmore Village)
March 2016 (Mililani Mauka)
March 2016 (Wahiawa and Whitmore Village)
April 2016
May 2016 (Mililani Mauka)
May 2016 (Wahiawa and Whitmore Village)
June 2016
July 2016 (Wahiawa and Whitmore Village)
September 2016 (Wahiawa and Whitmore Village)
September 2016 (Mililani Mauka)
October 2016 (Wahiawa and Whitmore Village)
October 2016 (Mililani Mauka)

2015
January 2015
February 2015 (Mililani Mauka)
February 2015 (Wahiawa and Whitmore Village)
March 2015
April 2015
May 2015 (Mililani Mauka)
May 2015 (Wahiawa and Whitmore Village)
June 2015
July 2015
August 2015
September 2015
October 2015
November 2015

2014
January 2014
June 2014
August 2014
September 2014 (Mililani Mauka)
September 2014 (Wahiawa and Whitmore Village)
October 2014 (Mililani Mauka)
October 2014 (Wahiawa and Whitmore Village)
November 2014

2013
January 2013
March 2013
April 2013
May 2013
Measures Introduced
 Title
SB197 RELATING TO CAMPAIGN FINANCE.
SB203 RELATING TO VACCINATIONS.
SB273 RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.
SB274 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION.
SB275 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION.
SB276 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY.
SB277 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES.
SB278 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS.
SB279 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES.
SB280 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT.
SB281 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.
SB282 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS.
SB283 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.
SB284 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE.
SB285 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 RELATING TO GARDENS.
SB338 RELATING TO CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS.
SB341 RELATED TO THE PRACTICE OF BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS.
SB342 RELATING TO CRIMINAL DEFENSE.
SB364 RELATING TO TOURISM.
SB365 RELATING TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.
SB366 RELATING TO HEALTH.
SB367 RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.
SB368 RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.
SB369 RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.
SB370 RELATING TO THE HAWAII TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.
SB371 RELATING TO SCHOOLS.
SB372 RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.
SB373 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB374 RELATING TO POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION.
SB375 RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
SB376 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB377 RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.
SB378 RELATING TO LAND USE.
SB379 RELATING TO LAND EXCHANGE.
SB380 RELATING TO THE TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS TAX.
SB381 RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL LANDS.
SB382 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB383 RELATING TO YOUTH SUICIDE PREVENTION.
SB384 RELATING TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING.
SB385 RELATING TO PROFESSIONAL AND VOCATIONAL LICENSING.
SB386 RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLE SUN SCREENING DEVICES.
SB387 RELATING TO TEACHER RENTAL HOUSING.
SB388 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB389 RELATING TO PREFERENTIAL ELECTRICITY RATES FOR PROTECTED AGRICULTURE.
SB390 RELATING TO SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM INCENTIVES.
SB391 RELATING TO BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS.
SB392 RELATING TO SPECIAL EDUCATION.
SB393 RELATING TO COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT.
SB394 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB395 RELATING TO CONVEYANCE TAX.
SB396 RELATING TO MARKETPLACE FACILITATORS.
SB397 RELATING TO CONTRACTING.
SB398 RELATING TO HOMELESSNESS.
SB399 RELATING TO NON-GENERAL FUNDS.
SB492 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES.
SB493 RELATING TO HEALTH CARE INSURANCE.
SB494 RELATING TO THE GENERAL FUND BALANCE.
SB495 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB584 RELATING TO FUNDING FOR SCHOOL REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE.
SB666 RELATING TO AN AIRPORTS CORPORATION.
SB684 RELATING TO COMMUNITY MEETINGS.
SB686 RELATING TO MARIJUANA.
SB690 RELATING TO CLIMATE CHANGE.
SB691 RELATING TO SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING.
SB698 RELATING TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS.
SB711 RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL LAND.
SB712 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB713 RELATING TO THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY.
SB714 RELATING TO THE TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS TAX.
SB832 RELATING TO IMPORTANT AGRICULTURAL LANDS.
SB837 RELATING TO FARMS.
SB843 RELATING TO ELECTIONS.
SB845 RELATING TO ELECTIONS.
SB858 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.
SB976 RELATING TO PUBLIC LIBRARIES.
SB979 RELATING TO A STATE LOTTERY.
SB981 RELATING TO THE HAWAII TEACHER STANDARDS BOARD SPECIAL FUND.
SB983 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB1033 RELATING TO THE LICENSURE OF MIDWIVES.
SB1034 RELATING TO INSURANCE.
SB1035 RELATING TO SEXUAL VIOLENCE.
SB1036 RELATING TO CLINICAL VICTIM SUPPORT SERVICES.
SB1037 RELATING TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.
SB1038 RELATING TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING.
SB1039 RELATING TO PROSTITUTION.
SB1040 RELATING TO SEX TRAFFICKING.
SB1041 RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES.
SB1042 RELATING TO CIVIL RIGHTS.
SB1065 RELATING TO HIRING.
SCR12 REQUESTING MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO AMEND FEDERAL LAW TO ENSURE THAT VICTIMS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND SEXUAL ASSAULT WHO MIGHT OTHERWISE BE FORCED INTO ARBITRATION AND SILENCE INSTEAD HAVE ACCESS TO THE COURTS.
SR11 REQUESTING MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO AMEND FEDERAL LAW TO ENSURE THAT VICTIMS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND SEXUAL ASSAULT WHO MIGHT OTHERWISE BE FORCED INTO ARBITRATION AND SILENCE INSTEAD HAVE ACCESS TO THE COURTS.