Legislative process workshops set for Sept. 27, 28

LIHUE — The state Legislature is hosting free presentations and workshops in September for those interested in learning how legislation is made in Hawaii.

The “Your Voice” workshop, scheduled for several locations across the Neighbor Islands, will teach about the legislative process and how residents can effectively participate.

Workshops will be held at public libraries on Sept. 27 in Lihue from 6 to 7 p.m., and Sept. 28 at Hanapepe from noon to 1 p.m., and Kapaa from 6 to 7 p.m.

The presentations will provide useful information on the Legislature, including tools that citizens can use to best communicate with lawmakers.

Tips and techniques will be offered on effective lobbying and testimony, and working with state senators and representatives. The purpose is to better understand the legislative process, deadlines and power dynamics at the capitol.

In addition to receiving helpful handouts, guides and resources, attendees will learn more about easy-to-use tools available on the Legislature’s website, http://capitol.hawaii.gov/.

The free workshops are designed to be helpful to newcomers and seasoned advocates alike. They will also be held on Maui, Big Island, Molokai and Lanai.

Info: (808) 587-0478, LRBhawaii.org/PAR

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