Lt. Governor Tsutsui to Advocate Hawaii’s Interests in Washington, D.C.

HONOLULU — Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui will meet with top national leaders in Washington, D.C. as part of the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) Federal-State Relations Meeting March 19 – 21, 2014.  He will advocate for Hawaii’s interests regarding school safety, highway funding, the Army Corp of Engineers, chemical handling, the National Guard, and more.  

Lt. Gov. Tsutsui will engage with General Frank Grass of the Joint Chiefs of Staff about proposed reductions in the military which will impact national defense and the ability of the National Guard to assist with in-state disasters and emergencies. 

Tsutsui will also facilitate a discussion with the nation’s “Drug Czar” on the increasing tide of opioid overdoses, a group of drugs that include heroin and prescription painkillers.  “This is both a public health and a public safety issue,” said Tsutsui. 

Hawaii, like other states, is tackling new 21st technology issues in efforts to develop the economy, foster job creation, and maintain constituent safety and privacy.  The Lt. Governor will join his peers discussing cybersecurity, credit card fraud, and helping people prepare for technology jobs thru science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. 

As a member of the international committee of the NLGA, Lt. Gov. Tsutsui will also engage in international development opportunities with representatives of Taiwan, Mexico, Germany, and all the Turkic nations.   

 The lieutenant governors will also consider shared policy positions on federal highway funding to the states, increasing the number of college graduates, use of medications, invasive species in waterways, and advancing health in Hawaii.