CapitolWatch is dedicated to demystifying the legislative process so you can have your voice heard on environmental issues that you care about.
Our goal is to create a team of volunteer “CapitolWatch leaders” who will help us create, research, follow, and provide testimony for bills pertaining to the environment. Through this program, team leaders and members will learn how to engage with local communities, organize for collective power, and gain legislative experience.
In building a truly diverse environmental justice movement, all applicants are welcome. This is a great opportunity to learn first-hand how laws are made in the state of Hawaiʻi and there is also opportunity for students to get internship credit.
Mahalo nui to everyone that participated in CapitolWatch this session. Although it was a tough session, there were still a few victories and there was great turn out for many of our priority bills – good and bad.
In the interim we will be working hard to build the support and political will we need to protect Hawaiʻi’s unique environment, minimize climate change, and improve public health. Part of that is creating an empowered CapitolWatch program. That means people like you giving us feedback and deepening your engagement. Please take a minute to fill out this survey and help us ramp up our CapitolWatch program next session.
Helpful Links: Important Resources:
- 2017 Legislative Session Calendar What does it take for a bill to become a law in Hawaiʻi?
- How to Receive Hearing Notices by Email Quick overview of Hawaiʻi State Legislature
- Find Your Districts: The bare basics of writing testimony
- Map of Hawaiʻi State Capitol
- Legislative Email Directory Hawaiʻi State Legislature Website
- Leadership and Committee Membership: Step by step guide to submitting testimony online