HB1175 – Tax increase on Tobacco!

April 2, 2009 in 2009, Issue, Uncategorized


Aloha Everyone,

If you have never taken the time to participate in the past, this is the one time
that you absolutely must.

I would even suggest forwarding this email to any like-minded individuals you know.

HB1175 Tax increase on Tobacco will increase the tax on each pack to $40.
That’s right! … A state tax of $40 per carton.

The hearing is set for Thursday April 2, 2009 at 9:30 AM in conference room 211.

Get this … They will not be allowing any (and I mean ANY) verbal testimony.
This means you must email your testimony by Wednesday April 1 at 5:00 PM
or you can kiss any reasonable taxation goodbye!

I need you to blind copy to me at jtenn10@aol.com for our records.
We might need them in the future to prove that there was indeed public opposition
to this insane legislation.

Please submit written testimony in opposition to:


The Subject Line of your email should read:
Opposition to HB1175 Tobacco Tax increase

Your testimony does not have to be anything fancy
It just needs to have your name and email address and your opposition to this bill.

I will include a sample that you can cut and paste in your email if you wish
to make it easier. Just add your name and email address at the bottom and send to:


Honorable Senate Ways and Means Committee Members:

I am in strong opposition of HB1175 the unreasonable
proposed tax increase on Tobacco. In these times
of financial hardship, any State Tax Hike on Tobacco
is out of the question. The initial proposal of this bill
was to raise the tax from 10 cents a cigarette to 11 cents
a cigarette, then it morphed into a 14 cent per cigarette
increase. Now that number has swollen to the outrageous
20 cent per cigarette level and 100% increase in taxation.

We have just had to bear the brunt of a 156% Federal Tax
increase to pay for the SCHIP program equaling only 5 cents
per cigarette. You are already collecting double that amount.
And now you want 4 times that amount?

Smokers across the country were already outraged
by SCHIP but that seems like a “bargain basement deal”
compared to this proposal.

I sincerely urge you to reconsider this action and put a stop
to the fleecing of your citizens immediately. Remove
all proposed amendments from HB1175 and leave section
245-3 in it’s original state until the year 2011 as originally
agreed and voted upon.

Do not abuse your powers and continue to stuff your coffers
by inflicting any additional unjustifiable taxation on your

Passage of this legislation will amount to the tyranny
of the majority and the over-burdening of fiscal
responsibility onto the shoulders of the minority
of your citizens.

This, my friends, does not constitute a democracy.




Feel free to add subtract or make any changes … It’s your turn to voice your opinion…
You can also call these people individually as well to reinforce your opposition.
Link to the committee members:

Chair Donna Mercado Kim’s phone number: (808) 587-7200.
Vice Chair Shan Tsutsui’s phone number: (808) 586-7344.

Thank you for your assistance …


Jolyn Tenn
Hawaii Smokers Alliance

SB455 – No Smoking in Public Housing

February 23, 2009 in 2009, Issue, Uncategorized

Aloha Everyone,

This is one of the worst assaults on smokers to date!

SB 455 will make smoking illegal inside one’s own dwelling (Public Housing).

To add insult to injury, if a tenant receives 3 violations of someone even being within 20 feet of any unit or common area, they will be evicted. This is only the beginning. If they are successful, they will also move to privately-owned spaces.

I believe that everyone (smoker and non-smoker) should be outraged with Senator Gary Hooser of Kauai and should be on the phone telling him so. His phone number is (808) 586-6030.
His email is: senhooser@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Please email a short and effective testimony to : EDHTestimony@Capitol.hawaii.gov

You can copy and paste this part below and send it off ASAP:

Senator Norman Sakamoto, Chair
Senator Michelle Kidani, Vice Chair

DATE: Monday, February 23, 2009
TIME: 1:35 PM
PLACE: Conference Room 225
State Capitol
415 South Beretania Street

Strongly Oppose SB 455 (SUBJECT LINE OF EMAIL)
Don’t forget to add your name and contact information to your testimony.
Thank you for your time and your help.

Jolyn Tenn
Hawaii Smokers Alliance

HB952 – Card Ceck Bill

February 2, 2009 in 2009, Issue, Uncategorized

Dear HIBOA Member or Associate,

Please offer testimony to your legislator in opposition to the CARD CHECK BILL – HB 952 relating to Labor.

This bill (also referred to as “card checkā€) has serious implications for Hawaii’s workers, businesses, and economy.

As you may know, the Governor vetoed a similar bill last year. The House will be voting on this bill on Tuesday, March 10. Please call, fax, email, or write your Legislator and ask them to vote no.

If you need assistance locating the contact information for your legislator, please visit the website: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/site1/house/house.asp

Attached is a copy of the current version of the bill: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2009/Bills/HB952_HD1_.HTM

Thank you,

Bill Comerford,
Hawaii Bar Owners Association
10 Marin Lane Honolulu, HI 96813


Below is a Sample Testimony:

Opposition to HB952 Union Card Check Legislation

Dear Legislator,

Regarding: House Bill 952 Union Card Check Legislation
Position: Strongly opposed

2/2/09 I am writing to you in opposition to HB 952 on behalf of the Hawaii Bar Owners Association (HiBOA), a group representing 105 Bars in Hawaii. We, as a group, would oppose this bill.

Regrettably, we understand what it is like to be unrepresented and know that a vote is an important part of our democratic system. The nature of this bill denies the employee the right to a secret ballot and the loss of individual rights. We are sympathetic to this problem.

Likewise, we feel that the union rights should not overstep individual rights. Majority rule can be good or bad but it is the way of democracy. Please support Democratic principle over union pressure.

Lastly, as employers we do our best for our staffs. We usually find ourselves in an anti-union position given that amiable relationships help our industry and oppositional positions do not foster the hospitality vital in our industry. We prefer to remain in an amicable position with our employees and want to do the best for them. It is difficult enough to operate a small business here. We should not be making it more difficult.

We strongly urge you to vote in opposition to HB952.

Thank you for your consideration.