Thanks to you, the informed Hawai`i consumer, AFCR is into our third decade advocating for the interests of Hawaii’s beleaguered consumer. Read our proud history HERE. Our work continues in the present with an understanding of the past and a keen eye towards the future. Please “like” our Facebook page and join our email list in the right column on your computer (or at the bottom of this page on a Smart phone).
We are non-partisan, we raise no money and are all volunteers. Who are our “members”? Anyone who hears our message, who will take the time to educate themselves about the issue at hand and will actively participate in the democratic process to help effect positive change in important public policy. Mahalo for supporting our work through the years. — Scott Foster, Co-Founder & Communications Director.
2018 Legislative Update
Partnering with local and national organizations and individuals, AFCR again wrote testimony to support or oppose numerous important public policy issues during the 2018 State Legislative Session. We supported the following laws which were passed during the 2018 Legislative Session:
– PASSED: Medical Aid In Dying – after 16 long years!
– PASSED: Doubled the funding for the the Kupuna (seniors) Caregiver Act
– PASSED: Pesticide Disclosure & Buffer Zones
PASSED: The ban on sunscreen products containing Oxybenzone to protect Hawaii’s fragile reefs
PASSED: Funding for three additional Neighbor Island emergency vehicles
PASSED: The “Bob Nakata” $800 million affordable housing Act
PASSED: Regulation of unlicensed senior care facilities
Also, the state Office of Information Practices (OIP) has prepared this “Quick Review” HERE to explain the major changes to the Hawai`i State Sunshine Law that will take effect on July 1, 2018, as a result of Act 64, (House Bill 165, SLH 2017). AFCR has worked consistently through the years to improve and to see Hawaii’s Sunshine Law enforced. A special “Mahalo” to Common Cause Hawai`i for their ongoing efforts to bring more sunshine into Hawai`i government! Consider Joining this active and effective organization.
To say that Hawai`i voters are fed up with the cronyism, nepotism and the disgusting “veil of secrecy” enveloping our local democratic processes and the resulting legislative failures of many of Hawaii’s elected officials would be a great understatement. In 2018, a growing number of politically-astute residents and community groups are organizing politically as rarely seen.
Several large local groups have recently been organized and are raising money to identify, train and support Progressive candidates for the 2018 Primary and beyond. They are working to challenge at least 10 particularly egregious entrenched elected officials.
Read some of the scathing local media stories about the 2017 Legislative Session HERE. Although the 2018 Legislative Session has been judged to be “somewhat better,” the elephant in the room is Hawaii’s dire affordable housing situation and our many homeless. Many of Hawaii’s homeless are working families. Read the United Way’s Alice Report on Hawai`i HERE
MEDICAL AID IN DYING: WHAT’S NEXT?