Legislative learning workshops this week

LIHUE — Feel the power.

A workshop presented by Suzanne Marinelli, coordinator of Hawaii’s State Legislature’s Public Access Room, will be on island the rest of the week to conduct free neighborhood workshops entitled, “We the Powerful.”

The 75-minute meetings are designed to demystify the state lawmaking process and demonstrate ways people can speak out at the Legislature without ever having to leave Kauai.

“We’re completely nonpartisan,” Marinelli said. “It’s quite an exciting thing we offer.”

PAR is a division of the state’s nonpartisan Legislative Reference Bureau and has been assisting residents learning about the inter working of lawmaking for 25 years. The workshops will highlight the mechanics of the legislative process, how the Legislature’s website works, and how the information can be used to help people be more effectively involved, including how to be able to better create and deliver effective testimony.

The remaining meetings are:

• Today, 6 p.m., Kapaa Library Conference Room

• Friday, 6 p.m., Lihue Neighborhood Center main hall

• Saturday, noon, Koloa Library Conference Room

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