Leadership Development Through Community Service

Government & Bill Awareness Tour

On February 23rd, the Rising Phoenix Jaycees (RPJ) had the great opportunity to tour the state capitol and hear about its significance in structure and form.  Representative Mark Nakashima (Hamakua-South Hilo) discussed the bill process and several bills that he is involved in.  The primary purpose was to raise awareness of government processes in the RPJ and in our community.  Members and guests were given the opportunity to ask questions; such as, how are bills formed, how many bills are created each year, and how long does it take for a bill to process.  Attendees received pamphlets on how to use Hawaii Legislature’s Website (www.capitol.hawaii.gov), information on House of Representatives, and the Hawaii Directory of Public Officials for 2013.
We would like to thank past Hawaii Jaycees President, Tammy Tengan for helping coordinate the event and we would also like to recognize Nguyen Ngo, our chairperson for this project.  Awesome job!
The second part to this project is the Model Legislature in May.  We will be putting the bill process into action!  We will be presenting bills to the committee and if it passes we will debate it at the House and Senate Floor. If it passes both houses, it will be up to the Governor to sign or veto.
The Rising Phoenix Jaycees will be putting together a committee for this project.  If you’re interested in being a part of the planning committee, please email: info@rpjhawaii.com.  Stay tuned for details!
In the meantime, here are some photos from the event: