Kouchi taps Dela Cruz

SUBHEAD: Pro-development Senator Donovan Dela Cruz takes over Senate Ways And Means Committee.

By Richard Wiens on 12 May 2017 for Civil Beat -

Image above: Ron Kouchi appearing as an extra in the Sopranos. From (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeAiL0sLaT8).

Senate President Ron Kouchi announces new committee assignments, but there’s no word yet on the possibility of a special session for rail.

The shake-up in state Senate leadership that began at the end of the legislative session with the ouster of Sen. Jill Tokuda as chair of the Ways and Means Committee continued Friday with the announcement of some new committee chairmanships.

Senate President Ron Kouchi issued a statement saying that, as expected, Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz will replace Tokuda as chair of the money committee, with Sen. Gil Keith-Agaran serving as vice chair.

Tokuda lost her position after some of her colleagues saw her as an obstacle to reaching consensus on a tax plan for the Honolulu rail project. No deal was reached before adjournment May 4, and a special session on the issue is still possible.

[IB Publisher's note: Ron Kouchi is a former Kauai County Council member and later Chair. He failed in a run for Kauai Mayor and then won an election representing Kauai in the Hawaii Senate. He is now President of the  Hawaii State Senate.

Donovan Del Cruz is also a Hawaii State senator. He helped Neil Abercrombie introduce the Public Land Development Corporation (PLDC) that would have made it easy for private developers to acquire public land for speculative development or other commercial operations.

Dela Cruz and Kouchi are two conniving and manipulative sociopaths who are in it to let the speculators succeed. That includes the players in the multi-billion dollar boondoggle of Honolulu Rail. Apparently Senator Jill Tokuda wasn't playing ball.]

Image above: Donovan Dela Cruz in 2014 advocating for Transit Oriented Development of affordable housing near Hawaii Rail Stations. From (http://www.hawaiifreepress.com/ArticlesMain/tabid/56/ID/13145/Lawmakers-Highlight-Need-for-More-Affordable-Housing.aspx).

Kouchi also announced Friday that the Committee on Judiciary and Labor will be split into two committees, with Tokuda chairing Labor and Sen. Brian Taniguchi chairing Judiciary.

During the just-completed session, Dela Cruz was vice chair of Ways and Means, Keith-Agaran was chair of Judiciary and Labor and Taniguchi was chair of the Committee on International Affairs and the Arts.

Kouchi also announced that Sen.Kaiali‘i Kahele will be the new majority whip.


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