30th Legislature, 2019
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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
•  Legislative Advocate volunteer
•  Integrative Resource Planning Advisory Group (2012-Present)
•  Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative – Steering Committee (2010-Present)
•  Civil Air Patrol - Legislative Squadron (2009-Present)
•  Hawaii Energy Policy Forum (2008-Present)
•  Hawaii Invasive Species Council (2009-2011)
•  Access to Justice Commission (2008-2010)
•  Ignition Interlock Commission (2008-2009)
•  Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Task Force (2007-2008)
Awards and Recognition
•  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
SB11 SD1 RELATING TO POLYSTYRENE FOAM CONTAINERS.
SB115 RELATING TO ELECTIONS.
SB129 RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENT.
SB131 RELATING TO PLASTIC STRAWS.
SB233 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.
SB234 SD1 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.
SB235 SD1 HD1 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.
SB236 RELATING TO CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE TWENTIETH SENATORIAL DISTRICT.
SB237 RELATING TO FIREARMS.
SB238 RELATING TO FIREARMS.
SB239 RELATING TO ANIMALS.
SB240 RELATING TO CONSTRUCTION WASTE.
SB241 SD1 RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY.
SB242 SD2 HD2 CD1 RELATING TO HEALTH.
SB243 RELATING TO PAYMENTS OF SUPPORT.
SB244 RELATING TO THE STATEWIDE TRAFFIC CODE.
SB245 RELATING TO ELECTRIC GUNS.
SB246 RELATING TO ASSET FORFEITURE.
SB247 RELATING TO ELECTIONS.
SB248 RELATING TO TRAILS.
SB249 RELATING TO THE RESIDENTIAL LANDLORD-TENANT CODE.
SB250 RELATING TO VIRTUAL-CURRENCY BUSINESSES.
SB251 SD1 RELATING TO SPORTS MEDICINE.
SB252 RELATING TO AUTOMATIC RESTRAINING ORDERS.
SB253 SD2 RELATING TO BROADBAND SERVICE.
SB254 RELATING TO DIGITAL CONTENT BLOCKERS.
SB255 SD1 RELATING TO AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATORS.
SB256 RELATING TO STUDENT INFORMED CONSENT.
SB257 RELATED TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.
SB258 SD1 RELATING TO LEAD-BASED PAINT.
SB259 SD1 RELATING TO OFFSHORE DRILLING.
SB260 RELATING TO PLASTIC STRAWS.
SB261 RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
SB262 RELATING TO PUEO RESEARCH.
SB263 RELATING TO CLIMATE CHANGE.
SB264 RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION.
SB265 RELATING TO ‘ULU.
SB266 RELATING TO THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY.
SB267 SD1 RELATING TO INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY.
SB268 RELATING TO FIREWORKS.
SB297 RELATING TO DIGITAL MEDIA.
SB303 HD1 RELATING TO GARDENS.
SB328 RELATING TO FAIR EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES.
SB352 RELATING TO BOTTLED WATER.
SB353 RELATING TO HEALTH.
SB375 SD2 HD1 CD1 RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
SB389 RELATING TO PREFERENTIAL ELECTRICITY RATES FOR PROTECTED AGRICULTURE.
SB390 SD2 HD1 CD1 RELATING TO SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM INCENTIVES.
SB407 MAKING AN APPROPRIATION TO THE OFFICE OF THE PROSECUTING ATTORNEY FOR HAWAII COUNTY.
SB410 RELATING TO THE TRAFFIC CODE.
SB434 RELATING TO CLIMATE CHANGE.
SB435 SD1 RELATING TO GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS.
SB440 PROPOSING AMENDMENTS TO ARTICLES II, III, AND XVII OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF HAWAII TO PROVIDE FOR DIRECT INITIATIVE.
SB449 SD1 RELATING TO CHILDREN.
SB456 RELATING TO ENABLING LEGISLATION BY THE PEOPLE.
SB471 SD2 HD1 CD1 RELATING TO HOMELESSNESS.
SB473 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB484 RELATING TO FOOD SECURITY.
SB485 SD1 HD1 RELATING TO BIOSECURITY.
SB486 SD1 RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT FOOD LABELING.
SB487 RELATING TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING.
SB488 RELATING TO LOCAL FOOD PRODUCTION.
SB489 SD2 RELATING TO SHARK AND RAY PROTECTION.
SB490 SD1 RELATING TO COMMUNITY FOOD FORESTS.
SB491 SD2 HD2 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.
SB519 SD2 RELATING TO FOOD SAFETY.
SB520 RELATING TO POLYSTYRENE FOAM CONTAINERS.
SB521 SD1 RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.
SB522 SD2 HD2 CD1 RELATING TO PLASTIC.
SB523 SD2 RELATING TO BIOSECURITY.
SB526 SD2 HD1 RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES.
SB530 SD2 HD1 RELATING TO THE GENERAL EXCISE TAX.
SB574 RELATING TO CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT.
SB575 RELATING TO THE STATE COORDINATOR ON HOMELESSNESS.
SB577 SD1 RELATING TO ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY ENTITLEMENTS.
SB682 RELATING TO FOOD LABELING.
SB684 SD1 RELATING TO COMMUNITY MEETINGS.
SB685 SD1 RELATING TO INVASIVE SPECIES.
SB686 SD1 RELATING TO MARIJUANA.
SB688 SD1 RELATING TO EDUCATION FUNDING.
SB690 SD1 RELATING TO CLIMATE CHANGE.
SB691 RELATING TO SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING.
SB692 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB694 SD1 RELATING TO CONSUMER PROTECTION.
SB695 SD2 HD1 RELATING TO THE HAWAIIAN HOMES COMMISSION ACT.
SB696 SD2 HD1 RELATING TO CESSPOOLS.
SB697 RELATING TO INVASIVE SPECIES.
SB698 SD2 RELATING TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS.
SB700 RELATING TO A COAL-FREE HAWAII.
SB701 SD2 HD1 RELATING TO THE HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE.
SB702 RELATING TO MARIJUANA DECRIMINALIZATION.
SB750 RELATING TO CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE HONALO MARSHALLING YARD.
SB751 SD1 RELATING TO THE HAWAII ASSOCIATION OF CONSERVATION DISTRICTS.
SB752 SD1 HD1 RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
SB753 SD2 HD1 CD1 RELATING TO AQUACULTURE.
SB754 SD1 HD1 CD1 RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
SB755 SD1 RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
SB756 RELATING TO COSMETICS.
SB757 SD2 HD1 RELATING TO ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE.
SB758 RELATING TO THE DIVISION OF THE CONSUMER ADVOCATE.
SB759 SD2 HD1 CD1 RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
SB760 SD2 HD1 RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
SB761 RELATING TO ELECTRIC VEHICLES.
SB762 SD1 HD1 RELATING TO AGRICULTURE EDUCATION.
SB763 SD2 HD1 CD1 RELATING TO ADVERTISING AND MARKETING.
SB764 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB765 RELATING TO IRRIGATION.
SB766 RELATING TO THE STATE SNAIL.
SB835 SD1 RELATING TO THE STATE BOARD ON GEOGRAPHIC NAMES.
SB836 RELATING TO THE TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS TAX.
SB843 RELATING TO ELECTIONS.
SB845 RELATING TO ELECTIONS.
SB849 RELATING TO VETERANS.
SB852 SD2 HD1 CD1 RELATING TO RESTITUTION FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME.
SB853 RELATING TO FIREARMS.
SB857 RELATING TO PAYMENTS OF SUPPORT.
SB862 RELATING TO JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS.
SB941 SD2 RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL LANDS.
SB942 RELATING TO THE ALA WAI CANAL.
SB944 SD2 RELATING TO CLIMATE CHANGE.
SB958 SD1 RELATING TO ELECTIONS.
SB1033 SD2 HD2 RELATING TO THE LICENSURE OF MIDWIVES.
SB1034 SD1 HD1 RELATING TO INSURANCE.
SB1035 SD1 RELATING TO SEXUAL VIOLENCE.
SB1038 RELATING TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING.
SB1040 SD1 RELATING TO SEX TRAFFICKING.
SB1042 SD1 RELATING TO CIVIL RIGHTS.
SB1059 RELATING TO ELECTIONS.
SB1067 RELATING TO THE STATE CAPITOL.
SB1068 SD1 RELATING TO TRAILS.
SB1132 RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII COMMUNITY COLLEGES.
SB1148 SD2 HD1 CD1 RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
SB1149 SD2 RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
SB1150 SD2 HD1 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.
SB1151 SD1 HD2 RELATING TO DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE LOANS.
SB1152 RELATING TO DOGS.
SB1349 SD1 RELATING TO HOURS OF WORK.
SB1350 RELATING TO ANIMAL FUR PRODUCTS.
SB1351 SD1 HD1 RELATING TO HEMP.
SB1352 RELATING TO INDUSTRIAL HEMP.
SB1353 SD3 HD3 CD1 RELATING TO INDUSTRIAL HEMP.
SB1358 RELATING TO CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS FOR AGRICULTURAL LAND ON OAHU.
SB1388 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB1467 SD1 RELATING TO PROPERTY FORFEITURE.
SB1527 SD1 RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENT.
SB1542 SD2 RELATING TO AN APPROPRIATION FOR A KUNIA WELLS IV EXPLORATORY WELL.
SB1543 SD1 RELATING TO PROCUREMENT.
SB1544 RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
SB1545 RELATING TO AN APPROPRIATION FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A BIOFUEL AND ANIMAL FEED FACILITY.
SCR20 SD1 REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY TO REPORT TO THE LEGISLATURE ON THE PROCESSING OF STATE OF HAWAII PLANT AND ANIMAL DECLARATION FORMS, INCLUDING THE COSTS INVOLVED, AND CONVENE A TASK FORCE TO REVIEW THE EFFICACY OF SUCH FORMS.
SCR28 URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES TO MANAGE THE WAI‘ANAE KAI FOREST AND RESTORE WATER FLOW IN WAI‘ANAE STREAMS FOR NATIVE HAWAIIAN TRADITIONAL AND CUSTOMARY PRACTICES AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE WAI‘ANAE KAI WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS PLAN.
SCR33 REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO CONVENE AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A PLAN TO TEACH DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP AND MEDIA LITERACY IN GRADES K-12 IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, INCLUDING CHARTER SCHOOLS AND HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE IMMERSION SCHOOLS.
SCR34 REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF ACCOUNTING AND GENERAL SERVICES TO CONDUCT A STUDY TO DETERMINE VARIOUS ALTERNATIVES FOR THE REHABILITATION AND RENOVATION OF THE STATE CAPITOL REFLECTING POOL.
SCR35 SD1 URGING THE UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY AND THE HAWAII STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO REJECT THE APPROVAL OF A SINGLE WALL TANK UPGRADE ALTERNATIVE OPTION FOR THE RED HILL BULK FUEL STORAGE FACILITY AND THE CONCLUSIONS PRESENTED IN THE GROUNDWATER PROTECTION AND EVALUATIONS CONSIDERATIONS REPORT FOR THE RED HILL BULK FUEL STORAGE FACILITY DATED JULY 27, 2018.
SCR36 URGING THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES TO CALL A CONVENTION FOR PROPOSING AMENDMENTS PURSUANT TO ARTICLE V OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION LIMITED TO PROPOSING AMENDMENTS THAT IMPOSE FISCAL RESTRAINTS ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, LIMIT THE POWER AND JURISDICTION OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, AND LIMIT THE TERMS OF OFFICE FOR ITS OFFICIALS AND FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS.
SCR43 REQUESTING THE HONOLULU BOARD OF WATER SUPPLY TO INVESTIGATE STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES FOR ALLOWING EVENT SPONSORS TO ACCESS ADDITIONAL STATE AND COUNTY CONTROLLED OR OPERATED WATER SUPPLIES.
SCR105 REQUESTING THE OFFICE OF INFORMATION PRACTICES TO INCLUDE IN THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF ITS ANNUAL REPORT TO THE LEGISLATURE A TABULATED REPORT WITH INFORMATION RELATING TO UNRESOLVED COMPLAINTS.
SCR111 REQUESTING THE MEDICAL CANNABIS INSURANCE REIMBURSEMENT WORKING GROUP TO CONTINUE ITS WORK TO ADDRESS THE COMPLEXITIES SURROUNDING MEDICAL CANNABIS REIMBURSEMENTS BY HEALTH INSURANCE.
SCR112 SD1 HD1 REQUESTING THE AUDITOR TO CONDUCT A COMPREHENSIVE PERFORMANCE AND MANAGEMENT AUDIT OF THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES.
SCR124 SD1 URGING THE GOVERNOR, IN COORDINATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES, TO ESTABLISH AND IMPLEMENT A TREE PLANTING PROGRAM.
SCR126 URGING THE GOVERNOR, THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII COLLEGE OF TROPICAL AGRICULTURE AND HUMAN RESOURCES, AND OTHER RELATED ENTITIES TO TAKE ACTION TO HELP EXPAND THE AQUACULTURE INDUSTRY IN THE STATE.
SCR129 ENGAGING, ENDORSING, ACCEPTING, AND ADOPTING THE NEW YORK DECLARATION ON FORESTS TO ACHIEVE THE UNITED NATIONS PARIS AGREEMENT AND THE 2030 AGENDA FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT; SPECIFICALLY SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL 15, LIFE ON LAND.
SCR130 SD1 ENGAGING, ENDORSING, ACCEPTING, AND ADOPTING THE AARHUS CONVENTION TO ACHIEVE THE UNITED NATIONS PARIS AGREEMENT, THE 2030 AGENDA, AND THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS.
SCR165 SD1 REQUESTING THE OFFICE OF PLANNING TO ESTABLISH AN AGRICULTURAL HOUSING TASK FORCE TO STUDY EXISTING COUNTY AND STATE LAWS, RULES, AND PROCESSES TO PLAN FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF ON-FARM EMPLOYEE HOUSING WITHIN THE STATE AGRICULTURAL DISTRICT.
SCR181 REQUESTING THE DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS TO CONVENE A MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE FRAUD TASK FORCE TO DEVELOP RECOMMENDATIONS TO IMPROVE MORTGAGE FRAUD PROTECTIONS FOR CONSUMERS.
SCR182 SD1 RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF THE STATE'S POLLINATOR SPECIES, THE THREAT THAT SYSTEMIC INSECTICIDES POSE TO SUCH SPECIES, AND URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES AND THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO TAKE MEASURES TO LIMIT POLLINATOR EXPOSURE TO NEONICOTINOIDS.
SR15 SD1 REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY TO REPORT TO THE LEGISLATURE ON THE PROCESSING OF STATE OF HAWAII PLANT AND ANIMAL DECLARATION FORMS, INCLUDING THE COSTS INVOLVED, AND CONVENE A TASK FORCE TO REVIEW THE EFFICACY OF SUCH FORMS.
SR20 URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES TO MANAGE THE WAI‘ANAE KAI FOREST AND RESTORE WATER FLOW IN WAI‘ANAE STREAMS FOR NATIVE HAWAIIAN TRADITIONAL AND CUSTOMARY PRACTICES AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE WAI‘ANAE KAI WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS PLAN.
SR30 REQUESTING THE HONOLULU BOARD OF WATER SUPPLY TO INVESTIGATE STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES FOR ALLOWING EVENT SPONSORS TO ACCESS ADDITIONAL STATE AND COUNTY CONTROLLED OR OPERATED WATER SUPPLIES.
SR79 REQUESTING THE OFFICE OF INFORMATION PRACTICES TO INCLUDE IN THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF ITS ANNUAL REPORT TO THE LEGISLATURE A TABULATED REPORT WITH INFORMATION RELATING TO UNRESOLVED COMPLAINTS.
SR82 SD1 URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO WORK WITH THE HAWAII RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION TO INFORM FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS OF RECENTLY UPDATED FOOD SAFETY RULES AND INDUSTRY STANDARDS TO ENSURE ALL PROPER SAFETY MEASURES ARE TAKEN IN ALL FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS IN HAWAII.
SR93 SD1 URGING THE GOVERNOR, IN COORDINATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES, TO ESTABLISH AND IMPLEMENT A TREE PLANTING PROGRAM.
SR96 URGING THE GOVERNOR, THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII COLLEGE OF TROPICAL AGRICULTURE AND HUMAN RESOURCES, AND OTHER RELATED ENTITIES TO TAKE ACTION TO HELP EXPAND THE AQUACULTURE INDUSTRY IN THE STATE.
SR98 ENGAGING, ENDORSING, ACCEPTING, AND ADOPTING THE NEW YORK DECLARATION ON FORESTS TO ACHIEVE THE UNITED NATIONS PARIS AGREEMENT AND THE 2030 AGENDA FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT; SPECIFICALLY SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL 15, LIFE ON LAND.
SR99 SD1 ENGAGING, ENDORSING, ACCEPTING, AND ADOPTING THE AARHUS CONVENTION TO ACHIEVE THE UNITED NATIONS PARIS AGREEMENT, THE 2030 AGENDA, AND THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS.
SR131 SD1 REQUESTING THE OFFICE OF PLANNING TO ESTABLISH AN AGRICULTURAL HOUSING TASK FORCE TO STUDY EXISTING COUNTY AND STATE LAWS, RULES, AND PROCESSES TO PLAN FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF ON-FARM EMPLOYEE HOUSING WITHIN THE STATE AGRICULTURAL DISTRICT.
SR136 SD1 RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF THE STATE'S POLLINATOR SPECIES, THE THREAT THAT SYSTEMIC INSECTICIDES POSE TO SUCH SPECIES, AND URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES AND THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO TAKE MEASURES TO LIMIT POLLINATOR EXPOSURE TO NEONICOTINOIDS.