State lawmakers pass bills, advise and consent on 50 gubernatorial appointments.

HONOLULU, Hawai‘i – Members of the Hawai‘i State Senate adjourned Special Session today after the House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 4 to provide funding for the completion of the City and County of Honolulu’s rail transit project and bills to approve collective bargaining costs.

During this Special Legislative Session, as part of its constitutionally mandated duties, the Senate considered for advise and consent and approved a total of 50 gubernatorial appointments to 34 boards and commissions and one deputy director position.

Among those confirmed this week:

  • James Griffin, to the Public Utilities Commission

  • Douglas Shinsato to the U.H. Board of Regents

  • Robert Masuda as Deputy to the Chairperson of the Department of Land and Natural Resources

  • Marcus Oshiro as the Chairperson and Representative of the Public of the Hawai‘i Labor Relations Board

A complete list of actions taken during the Special Legislative Session can viewed at

Photos are available on the Hawai‘i Senate Majority flickr site:


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