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Workshops to explain legislative process

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Between Dec. 12 and Dec. 18, the Public Access Room (the “PAR”) will conduct a series of free neighborhood workshops entitled, “We the Powerful!”

These meetings are designed to demystify the state lawmaking process, and will demonstrate ways that people can speak out at the Legislature without ever having to leave the Big Island.

All are welcome. No registration or prior experience is required.

Part 1 (1st hour): How the Legislative Process Works (and How to Work It)

Part 2 (2nd hour): Digging Deeper (interactive session) – Delving further into the legislature’s website and other resources.

People are welcome to attend either or both sessions. The PAR, a division of the State of Hawaii’s non-partisan Legislative Reference Bureau, is the public’s office at the State Capitol and has long been devoted to assisting residents as they engage in state legislative government.

There is never a fee for services.

PAR’s workshops are designed to be useful to both newcomers and veterans of the legislative process. Covered topics will include an overview of the Legislature’s website, understanding the legislative process, delivering effective testimony, and making sense of the calendar and deadlines.

Renewed inspiration to be part of the solution will be the overriding theme.

The schedule of PAR’s December Hawaii Island presentations is as follows:

* Thursday Dec. 12, 6 p.m. – Pahala Plantation Manager’s House (at the corner of Maile & Pikake Streets)

* Friday Dec. 13, 6 p.m. – UH Hilo Hooulu Terrace, UCB Room 127

* Saturday Dec. 14, noon – Kailua-Kona Civic Center’s Liquor Control Conference Room

* Monday Dec. 16, 6 p.m. – Pahoa Community Center

* Tuesday Dec. 17, 6 p.m. – Waimea Parker Library Conference Room

* Wednesday Dec. 18, 6 p.m. – Laupahoehoe Library Conference Room

For additional information, or to arrange for individual tutorials or group workshops, residents are invited to contact the Public Access Room toll free from the Big Island at 974 4000 ext.70478 or via email at par@capitol.hawaii.gov.

Contact PAR directly to make arrangements if special assistance or services such as sign language interpreters are needed.

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