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From: Office of Hawaiian Affairs <OHAoutreach@oha.org> Sent: Friday, January 24, 2020, 5:18 PM To: mcohcc.educ@cox.net Subject: OHA at the Legislature 2020

Welina! It's the 30th session of the Hawai`i State State Legislature

As part of its mandate to advocate for Native Hawaiians, each year OHA submits a package of proposed bills to the Hawai`i State Legislature, and the agency’s Board of Trustees also votes to take positions on a wide variety of legislation impacting the Hawaiian community.

To keep you informed, we will be sending out email notifications when OHA's proposed bills are being heard. This gives you an opportunity to learn more about each bill, as well as ways that you can easily give testimony and participate in the legislative process. Below is some information on OHA's 2020 Legislative Package. To learn more, visit oha.org/legislation.

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OHA Legislative Package 2020

HB1781/SB2192: This bill will ensure more consideration of Native Hawaiian rights, knowledge, values, and practices in state decision making for lands critical to Native Hawaiian culture and well-being.

HB1782/SB2193: This measure seeks to improve the potential for people who have old convictions on their record to obtain and keep legitimate employment, thereby supporting their rehabilitation and continued law-abiding conduct over the long-term.

HB1783/SB2194: This bill establishes and enhances enforcement mechanisms to meaningfully deter violations of state historic preservation laws and better protect culturally invaluable historic sites and burials.

HB1784/SB2195 This measure reinforces Native Hawaiian constitutional rights by encouraging landowners to accommodate cultural practitioners’ access to their lands.

HB1780/SB2191 Capitol improvement project funds to build a water storage facility on 511 acres of agricultural lands surrounding Kukaniloko wahi pana.

HCR5/SCR3 Strengthening historic preservation enforcement.

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June 9, 2019

(Kaka‘ako, O‘ahu, Hawai‘i) – Dr. Sheri-Ann Daniels, Executive Director of Papa Ola Lōkahi, has been appointed by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex M. Azar II to serve a four-year term, effective April 26, 2019, on the Office of Minority Health’s Advisory Committee on Minority Health.

Born and raised on Maui, Daniels is the first Native Hawaiian to serve on the Committee since its formation in 1998.

The Committee advises HHS on improving the health of racial and ethnic minority groups, and on the development of goals and program activities within the Office of Minority Health. Committee members must have expertise regarding issues of minority health, and are selected based on nominations received from across the U.S.

“It is an honor to represent the Native Hawaiian community on the Advisory Committee on Minority Health at the request of Secretary Azar,” said Dr. Daniels. “I look forward to serving with my new colleagues to address the unique needs of our diverse communities and ultimately improve population health outcomes.”

Dr. Daniels was named Executive Director of Papa Ola Lōkahi in April 2016. In this role, she leads efforts to improve the overall health and well-being of Native Hawaiians and their families, through strategic partnerships, programs and public policy.

In 2017 Dr. Daniels was appointed chairperson of Nā Limahana o Lonopūhā, the Native Hawaiian Health Consortium. An integrated network of leading senior executives and health care providers, consortium members propose progressive models of culture- and research-based methods in implementing prevention and treatment programs focused on systemic outcomes among various levels of Hawaiian health and wellness.

A graduate of Kamehameha Schools Kapālama, Dr. Daniels received her bachelor’s in family resources from the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She carries a master’s in counseling psychology from Chaminade University of Honolulu, in addition to a doctorate from Argosy University, and currently holds several license certifications. Dr. Daniels is actively involved in various community organizations on Maui, where she lives, and O‘ahu, including Hawaiian language education.

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