31st Legislature, 2021
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Senate District 2
Hawaii State Capitol
Room 213
phone: 808-586-6890
fax: 808-586-6899
sensanbuenaventura@Capitol.hawaii.gov
Member of the following committees:
EXPERIENCE:
• Majority Whip
• State House of Representative, District 4 (Puna makai) from 2014-present
• Chair, Human Services & Homelessness
• Vice-Chair, House Judiciary Committee
• Per Diem District Court Judge 1991-1995
• Lecturer, UH-Hilo Business law 1986-1987
• Attorney since 1985 to present, having successfully argued in front of the Hawaii Supreme Court, winning 3 out of 3 Petitions for Writ of Certiorori

EDUCATION:
• J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law
• B.Sci. from University of Nevada, Las Vegas
• McKinley High School graduate

COMMUNITY:
• Volunteer attorney with Self-Help Center
• Volunteer mediator with Ku'ikahi Mediation Center
• Member of Hawaii State Bar Association
• Member of Hawaii County Bar Association
• Current member of Hawaii Photo Shooters
• Former president and former member of Hilo Photography Club
Measures Introduced
 Title
SB3 RELATING TO HOUSING.
SB27 RELATING TO HOMEBUYER ASSISTANCE.
SB36 SD2 RELATING TO RENTAL DISCRIMINATION.
SB41 RELATING TO HOUSING.
SB60 SD1 RELATING TO SPECIAL NUMBER PLATES.
SB145 SD1 RELATING TO MEDICAL CANNABIS PRODUCTS.
SB146 RELATING TO THE UNIFORM PROBATE CODE.
SB147 RELATING TO CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES.
SB148 SD1 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB149 RELATING TO PROPERTY FORFEITURE.
SB239 RELATING TO THE ALOHASAFE ALERT APPLICATION.
SB240 RELATING TO MASK AND QUARANTINE VIOLATIONS.
SB241 SD1 RELATING TO MEDICAL CANNABIS.
SB244 SD2 RELATING TO FOOD DONATION.
SB245 SD1 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB246 SD1 RELATING TO GOVERNMENT.
SB247 SD1 RELATING TO PUBLIC LIBRARIES.
SB248 RELATING TO PROCUREMENT.
SB249 RELATING TO SINGLE-USE PLASTICS.
SB339 SD2 RELATING TO THE IMPORTANT AGRICULTURAL LAND QUALIFIED AGRICULTURAL COST TAX CREDIT.
SB342 RELATING TO INVASIVE SPECIES.
SB354 RELATING TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING.
SB374 RELATING TO THEFT.
SB376 RELATING TO NOISE.
SB379 RELATING TO THE HAWAII HOUSING FINANCE AND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.
SB382 RELATING TO PAYMENTS OF SUPPORT.
SB464 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB467 SD1 RELATING TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION.
SB489 RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL BUILDINGS.
SB537 RELATING TO AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE.
SB538 RELATING TO THE HAWAII CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION.
SB591 RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY INSPECTIONS.
SB592 RELATING TO THE UNIFORM INFORMATION PRACTICES ACT.
SB593 RELATING TO DIGITAL IDENTIFICATION.
SB594 SD1 RELATING TO GENERAL EXCISE TAX.
SB597 SD2 RELATING TO CAMPAIGN FINANCE.
SB598 RELATING TO THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE.
SB605 RELATING TO PRESCRIPTION DRUGS.
SB608 RELATING TO GENERAL EXCISE TAX EXEMPTIONS.
SB618 SD1 RELATING TO PARENTAGE.
SB619 SD2 RELATING TO ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSES.
SB620 SD1 RELATING TO ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSES.
SB630 SD1 RELATING TO CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT.
SB631 RELATING TO PAYMENTS OF SUPPORT.
SB689 RELATING TO LANDS CONTROLLED BY THE STATE.
SB697 SD1 RELATING TO KALAUPAPA MONTH.
SB698 SD1 RELATING TO COMMUNITY MEETINGS.
SB699 RELATING TO THE LAND CONSERVATION FUND.
SB700 SD2 RELATING TO SEARCH AND RESCUE.
SB701 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB703 RELATING TO SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING.
SB734 RELATING TO HOUSING DENSITY.
SB743 RELATING TO PERMIT PROCESSING.
SB792 RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION.
SB793 SD1 RELATING TO THE MINIMUM WAGE.
SB815 SD2 RELATING TO EDUCATION FUNDING.
SB817 RELATING TO ATTACHMENT.
SB818 RELATING TO VACANT AND ABANDONED RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY.
SB819 SD2 RELATING TO THE HOSPITAL SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM.
SB820 RELATING TO THE NURSING FACILITY SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM.
SB821 SD2 RELATING TO CHILDREN.
SB824 PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF HAWAII TO AMEND THE QUALIFYING AGE OF VOTERS FOR ANY STATE OR LOCAL ELECTION.
SB825 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB827 SD2 RELATING TO BREAST CANCER SCREENING.
SB829 SD1 RELATING TO ABUSE OF FAMILY OR HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS.
SB839 SD2 RELATING TO HEALTH.
SB850 SD2 RELATING TO BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES.
SB858 SD1 RELATING TO COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS.
SB883 RELATING TO SAFETY EQUIPMENT.
SB908 SD1 RELATING TO DRIVER'S LICENSES.
SB909 RELATING TO INTERNET ACCESS.
SB910 RELATING TO PUBLIC HOUSING.
SB912 SD1 RELATING TO THE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.
SB913 SD1 RELATING TO SUSTAINABLE ELECTRONICS MANAGEMENT.
SB914 RELATING TO BROADBAND ACCESS.
SB952 RELATING TO PAROLE.
SB969 SD2 RELATING TO ANIMAL FUR PRODUCTS.
SB970 SD2 RELATING TO TELEHEALTH.
SB1020 RELATING TO FIREWORKS.
SB1243 SD2 RELATING TO THE PHASEOUT OF PRIVATE CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES.
SB1244 SD1 RELATING TO THE MODERNIZATION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE.
SB1250 SD1 RELATING TO EMERGENCY FOOD MANAGEMENT.
SB1294 RELATING TO MEDICAID BENEFITS.
SB1295 RELATING TO PRESCRIPTIVE AUTHORITY FOR CERTAIN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGISTS.
SB1296 RELATING TO BROADBAND.
SB1300 RELATING TO INCREASING THE ESTATE TAX.
SB1302 RELATING TO TAX HAVEN ABUSE.
SB1310 RELATING TO COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT.
SB1315 RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
SB1318 SD1 RELATING TO KULEANA LANDS.
SB1319 RELATING TO HAWAIIAN FISHPONDS.
SB1323 SD2 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS.
SB1328 RELATING TO ACADEMIC TENURE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.
SB1329 SD2 RELATING TO PROCUREMENT.
SB1331 RELATING TO DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION.
SB1334 SD1 RELATING TO THE HAWAII COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.
SB1372 SD1 RELATING TO MEDICAL CANNABIS.
SB1373 SD1 RELATING TO WAGE GARNISHMENT.
SB1374 RELATING TO CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE SECOND SENATORIAL DISTRICT.
SB1375 RELATING TO HEALTH.
SB1376 RELATING TO CANNABIS.
SB1404 RELATING TO HONOKOHAU SMALL BOAT HARBOR.
SCR7 REQUESTING THE DISABILITY AND COMMUNICATION ACCESS BOARD, IN COLLABORATION WITH THE OFFICE OF ENTERPRISE TECHNOLOGY SERVICES, TO CONVENE A WORKING GROUP ON ACCESSIBLE GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS.
SCR34 REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND TOURISM AND THE COUNTY OF HAWAII OFFICE OF AGING TO CONDUCT A STUDY ON THE NECESSITY AND FEASIBILITY OF A SENIOR LIVING CENTER IN THE KA'U DISTRICT.
SCR36 REQUESTING THE GOVERNOR'S COORDINATOR ON HOMELESSNESS TO PROVIDE A STATUS UPDATE ON KUKUI'OLA VILLAGE AND WORK WITH THE HAWAII INTERAGENCY COUNCIL ON HOMELESSNESS TO FURTHER FUND THE KA LAMAKU SHELTER UNTIL THE CONSTRUCTION OF KUKUI'OLA VILLAGE IS COMPLETED.
SCR37 REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO REPORT ON CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION INSTRUCTION BEING OFFERED THROUGHOUT STATE DEPARTMENTS.
SCR39 URGING THE COUNTY OF HAWAI‘I TO UTILIZE THE DATA RESULTING FROM THE 2020 UNITED STATES CENSUS TO ESTABLISH, IF ALLOWABLE, A METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION FOR THE COUNTY OF HAWAI‘I.
SCR41 URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES TO STUDY THE FEASIBILITY OF INCREASING PAYMENT TO HAWAII'S COMMUNITY CARE FOSTER FAMILY HOMES(CCFFH) AND EXPANDED ADULT RESIDENTIAL CARE HOMES (E-ARCH) FOR MEDICAID RECIPIENTS.
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.
SCR57 URGING THE COUNTIES TO EXPAND KULEANA PROPERTY TAX RELIEF TO FAMILY MEMBERS THAT HAVE CONTINUOUS OWNERSHIP OF ANCESTRAL LANDS.
SCR58 AUTHORIZING THE SALE OF A LEASE OF CERTAIN SUBMERGED LANDS AT KANEOHE BAY, KANEOHE, OAHU, FOR NON-COMMERCIAL BOAT PIER PURPOSES, BY PUBLIC AUCTION.
SCR59 URGING THE HAWAIIAN HOMES COMMISSION TO APPROPRIATE ONE HUNDRED PER CENT OF LEASE REVENUES FROM COMMERCIAL PROPERTY USES TO HOMELAND LOT DEVELOPMENT.
SCR60 REQUESTING THE UNITED STATES FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION TO ELIMINATE ITS BLOOD DONOR DEFERRAL POLICY ON THE COLLECTION OF BLOOD AND BLOOD COMPONENTS FROM MEN WHO HAVE SEX WITH MEN.
SCR61 REAFFIRMING THE STATE'S COMMITMENT TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE AND PRIORITIZE CLIMATE CHANGE LEGISLATION.
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.
SCR64 REQUESTING THE DIRECTOR OF TAXATION TO WAIVE PENALTIES AND INTEREST SOUGHT FROM SMALL BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUAL TAXPAYERS AS A RESULT OF UNDUE HARDSHIP RELATED TO THE CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 PANDEMIC.
SCR65 REQUESTING THE HAWAII COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY TO ADOPT ADMINISTRATIVE RULES TO SET, CHARGE, AND COLLECT FINES ON VACANT HABITABLE DWELLING UNITS THROUGHOUT THE STATE.
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.
SCR69 REQUESTING THE HAWAII EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY TO DEVELOP AN EVACUATION PLAN FOR THE AREAS WITHIN LAVA ZONES 1, 2, 3, 4, AND 6.
SR5 REQUESTING THE DISABILITY AND COMMUNICATION ACCESS BOARD, IN COLLABORATION WITH THE OFFICE OF ENTERPRISE TECHNOLOGY SERVICES, TO CONVENE A WORKING GROUP ON ACCESSIBLE GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS.
SR23 REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND TOURISM AND THE COUNTY OF HAWAII OFFICE OF AGING TO CONDUCT A STUDY ON THE NECESSITY AND FEASIBILITY OF A SENIOR LIVING CENTER IN THE KA'U DISTRICT.
SR25 REQUESTING THE GOVERNOR'S COORDINATOR ON HOMELESSNESS TO PROVIDE A STATUS UPDATE ON KUKUI'OLA VILLAGE AND WORK WITH THE HAWAII INTERAGENCY COUNCIL ON HOMELESSNESS TO FURTHER FUND THE KA LAMAKU SHELTER UNTIL THE CONSTRUCTION OF KUKUI'OLA VILLAGE IS COMPLETED.
SR26 REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO REPORT ON CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION INSTRUCTION BEING OFFERED THROUGHOUT STATE DEPARTMENTS.
SR28 URGING THE COUNTY OF HAWAI‘I TO UTILIZE THE DATA RESULTING FROM THE 2020 UNITED STATES CENSUS TO ESTABLISH, IF ALLOWABLE, A METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION FOR THE COUNTY OF 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.
SR39 URGING THE COUNTIES TO EXPAND KULEANA PROPERTY TAX RELIEF TO FAMILY MEMBERS THAT HAVE CONTINUOUS OWNERSHIP OF ANCESTRAL LANDS.
SR40 AUTHORIZING THE SALE OF A LEASE OF CERTAIN SUBMERGED LANDS AT KANEOHE BAY, KANEOHE, OAHU, FOR NON-COMMERCIAL BOAT PIER PURPOSES, BY PUBLIC AUCTION.
SR41 URGING THE HAWAIIAN HOMES COMMISSION TO APPROPRIATE ONE HUNDRED PER CENT OF LEASE REVENUES FROM COMMERCIAL PROPERTY USES TO HOMELAND LOT DEVELOPMENT.
SR42 REQUESTING THE UNITED STATES FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION TO ELIMINATE ITS BLOOD DONOR DEFERRAL POLICY ON THE COLLECTION OF BLOOD AND BLOOD COMPONENTS FROM MEN WHO HAVE SEX WITH MEN.
SR43 REAFFIRMING THE STATE'S COMMITMENT TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE AND PRIORITIZE CLIMATE CHANGE LEGISLATION.
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.
SR46 REQUESTING THE DIRECTOR OF TAXATION TO WAIVE PENALTIES AND INTEREST SOUGHT FROM SMALL BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUAL TAXPAYERS AS A RESULT OF UNDUE HARDSHIP RELATED TO THE CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 PANDEMIC.
SR47 REQUESTING THE HAWAII COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY TO ADOPT ADMINISTRATIVE RULES TO SET, CHARGE, AND COLLECT FINES ON VACANT HABITABLE DWELLING UNITS THROUGHOUT THE STATE.
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.
SR51 REQUESTING THE HAWAII EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY TO DEVELOP AN EVACUATION PLAN FOR THE AREAS WITHIN LAVA ZONES 1, 2, 3, 4, AND 6.