31st Legislature, 2022
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Floor session convene time for January 28, 2022:
Senate: 11:30 a.m. | House of Representatives: 12:00 p.m.
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Senate District 22
Hawaii State Capitol
Room: 208
phone: 808-586-6090
fax: 808-586-6091
sendelacruz@capitol.hawaii.gov

Member of the following committees:
District Information
22nd Senatorial District Map (Part 1 | Part 2) - Mililani Mauka, Waipi‘o Acres, Wheeler, Wahiawa, Whitmore Village, portion of Poamoho
Measures Passed by the Legislature
2019
Experience
Educational Background
•  Leilehua High School - Class of 1991
•  University of Oregon: BA in Journalism, BA in Communications Studies, 1995
•  Argosy University: Masters in Organization Leadership, 2015
•  University of Hawaii - Manoa: Currently working on Doctorate Degree in Architecture

Government Service

Current:

Hawaii State Senate (2010 to Present):
•  Chair, Committee on Ways and Means
•  Member, Committee on Education

Other:
•  Member, Transit Oriented Task Force
•  Member, State Land Use Task Force
•  Board Member, Hawaii Asia Pacific Association (HAPA) Young Leaders
•  Member, National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO)
•  Member, Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs (BHCC)
•  Member, National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL)
•  Member, National Conference of State Legislatures Legislative Effectiveness Standing Committee (NCSL)
•  Member, Urban Land Institute (ULI)
•  Member, Clean and Safe Energy Coalition

Past:

Honolulu City Council (2003-2010):
•  Chair, 2003-2007
•  Chair, Committee on Executive Matters
•  Chair, Committee on Public Safety & Services
•  Chair, Committee on Public Health, Safety & Welfare
•  Vice-Chair, Committee on Executive Matters
•  Vice-Chair, Committee on Affordable Housing & Economic Development
•  Vice-Chair, Committee on Transportation & Planning
•  Vice-Chair, Committee on Public Infrastructure

Other:
•  Co-Chair, Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs Annual Conference in Hawaii, 2013
•  State Commission on National and Community Service - 2010
•  Governor's Working Group on the Purchase of Turtle Bay - 2009
•  Board of Directors, National Association of Counties (NACo) - 2003-2009
•  NACo Annual Conference Advisory Committee - 2005
•  Chair, NACo 2005 Annual Conference and Exposition Steering Committee
•  Secretary, Hawaii State Association of Counties - 2003-2004
•  Chair, Wahiawa Neighborhood Board, 2000-2002

Nominations/Invitations:

•  American Council Professional Fellows Program to Armenia - 2018
•  Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options (HCREO) - 2015
•  National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) Gettysburg Leadership Experience - 2015
•  American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) Exchange Program to Australia - 2013
•  American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Educational Seminar in Israel - 2013
•  Young Elected Officials (YEO) 2013 National Convening, Washington, D. C.
•  Council of State Governments (CSG), Western Legislative Academy for Legislators - 2012
•  Emerging Leaders Program, University of Virginia - 2013
•  Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs Leadership Workshop, Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education - 2013

Community Service:

•  Member, Leilehua Alumni and Community Association
•  Member, Hawaii Bicycling League
•  Member, Advisory Council, Leeward Community College
•  Member, Leeward Community College Culinary Institute Board
•  Vice-President (2001-2002), Filipino Chamber of Commerce
•  Member, Wahiawa Lions Club
•  Member, Our Lady of Sorrows Parish

Honors and Awards:

•  HawaiiKidsCAN 2018 Legislative Champion - 2018
•  Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation Inaugural Champion of Agriculture Award - 2013
•  Filipino Community Council of Hawaii Progress Award for Excellence in Government Service, 2007
•  Pacific Century Fellow, 2004
•  Pacific Business News Forty and Under 40 Award, 2001
•  Public Relations Society of America Koa Anvil Award, 2001

Certifications:

•  U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Incident Command System (ICS-402) - 2013

Prior Professions:

•  Director of Marketing, Watermark Publishing
•  Account Supervisor, Stryker Weiner & Yokota Public Relations
•  Account Executive, McNeil Wilson Communications
•  Public Relations Coordinator, Hilton Hawaiian Village
•  Member, DTL Hawaii

Creator/Author:

•  The Whitmore Project - a project to revitalize Central Oahu by re-establishing agricultural dominance in the area resulting in creation of jobs and promoting economic development.
•  Publications: The Okazu Guide, The Puka Guide, The Omiyage Guide - books focusing on such cultural activities as exploring Japanese delicatessens; "hole-in-the-wall" places that locals like to frequent; and places to buy gifts for those who engage in the local tradition of buying gifts when they travel.
Measures Introduced
 Title
SB13 RELATING TO THE CONVEYANCE TAX.
SB24 RELATING TO LEASEHOLD CONDOMINIUMS ON STATE LAND.
SB36 SD2 HD1 RELATING TO RENTAL DISCRIMINATION.
SB37 RELATING TO THE MORTGAGE INTEREST DEDUCTION.
SB218 RELATING TO HEALTH CARE INSURANCE.
SB219 SD2 HD2 RELATING TO CRIMES ON AGRICULTURAL LANDS.
SB220 SD1 RELATING TO SERVICE-LEARNING.
SB221 SD1 HD1 RELATING TO HOMELESSNESS.
SB223 SD1 RELATING TO CONTRACTING.
SB226 SD1 RELATING TO LAND EXCHANGE.
SB227 SD1 RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLE SUN SCREENING DEVICES.
SB228 RELATING TO ASBESTOS.
SB229 SD1 RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF THE AUDITOR.
SB230 RELATING TO REAL PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS.
SB231 RELATING TO SEA LEVEL RISE ADAPTATION.
SB232 RELATING TO LITTERING.
SB233 RELATING TO BEES.
SB234 RELATING TO TELEWORK.
SB243 SD2 HD2 RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.
SB245 SD1 HD1 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB246 SD1 HD2 RELATING TO GOVERNMENT.
SB247 SD1 RELATING TO PUBLIC LIBRARIES.
SB248 RELATING TO PROCUREMENT.
SB249 RELATING TO SINGLE-USE PLASTICS.
SB250 RELATING TO PUBLIC LANDS.
SB258 RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENT.
SB259 RELATING TO INFRASTRUCTURE.
SB260 RELATING TO LABOR.
SB261 RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION.
SB262 SD1 RELATING TO VACCINES.
SB264 RELATING TO CLIMATE CHANGE.
SB265 RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
SB266 SD2 HD1 RELATING TO THE CORONAVIRUS 2019 PANDEMIC.
SB267 RELATING TO FOOD PRODUCTION AND SECURITY.
SB268 RELATING TO GOVERNMENT.
SB269 RELATING TO EMERGENCY APPROPRIATIONS.
SB270 SD2 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB271 RELATING TO TAX REBATES.
SB272 RELATING TO TAX EXEMPTIONS.
SB273 RELATING TO TAX CREDITS.
SB274 RELATING TO CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS.
SB275 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB330 RELATING TO COMPLIANCE REVIEWS.
SB505 RELATING TO UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII REVENUE BONDS.
SB507 RELATING TO THE OUTDOORS.
SB508 HD1 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB509 SD2 HD1 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB510 SD1 RELATING TO HISTORIC PRESERVATION REVIEWS.
SB511 RELATING TO LITTER CONTROL.
SB513 SD1 HD2 RELATING TO THE ENFORCEMENT OF LAWS.
SB514 SD1 RELATING TO THE GENERAL FUND.
SB515 RELATING TO A STATE STOCKPILE STORAGE FACILITY.
SB517 RELATING TO HEALTHCARE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT.
SB518 SD2 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB519 RELATING TO UNIVERSITY DISTRICTS.
SB591 RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY INSPECTIONS.
SB594 SD1 RELATING TO GENERAL EXCISE TAX.
SB596 SD1 RELATING TO THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY.
SB663 SD1 HD1 RELATING TO THE SOLEMN COVENANT OF THE STATES TO AWARD PRIZES FOR CURING DISEASES.
SB665 RELATING TO VIOLATIONS OF CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAW.
SB666 SD2 RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.
SB667 SD1 RELATING TO LICENSE PLATES.
SB668 SD1 HD1 RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
SB669 RELATING TO CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES.
SB683 RELATING TO NORTHERN LARGEMOUTH BASS.
SB693 SD1 RELATING TO THE TRANSFER OF NON-AGRICULTURAL PARK LANDS.
SB694 SD1 RELATING TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS.
SB703 RELATING TO SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING.
SB796 RELATING TO COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT.
SB797 SD1 RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF ENTERPRISE TECHNOLOGY SERVICES.
SB798 SD2 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ACCOUNTING AND GENERAL SERVICES.
SB812 SD1 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB815 SD2 HD1 RELATING TO EDUCATION FUNDING.
SB822 RELATING TO CHILD WELFARE.
SB959 RELATING TO CHARTER SCHOOLS.
SB960 RELATING TO PUBLIC PROCUREMENT.
SB961 RELATING TO WATER POLLUTION.
SB962 SD2 RELATING TO THE NATURAL ENERGY LABORATORY OF HAWAII AUTHORITY.
SB963 RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE REVENUE BONDS TO ASSIST HK MANAGEMENT, LLC.
SB1240 SD1 HD1 RELATING TO TAX CONFORMITY.
SB1241 SD1 RELATING TO INTOXICATING LIQUOR.
SB1242 SD2 RELATING TO TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE.
SB1303 RELATING TO PROGRAM AND BUDGET PERFORMANCE REVIEW.
SB1304 SD1 RELATING TO CENTRAL SERVICES.
SB1305 SD1 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ACCOUNTING AND GENERAL SERVICES.
SB1306 RELATING TO THE WORKS OF ART SPECIAL FUND.
SB1311 SD2 HD2 RELATING TO SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS.
SB1314 RELATING TO THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER ADVOCACY.
SB1341 RELATING TO THE STATE ENERGY OFFICE.
SB1342 SD1 HD1 RELATING TO ILLEGAL GAMBLING.
SB1352 RELATING TO APPROPRIATIONS.
SB1386 RELATING TO THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION.
SB1393 RELATING TO THE RESEARCH CORPORATION OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.
SB1394 RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.
SB1395 SD2 HD1 RELATING TO BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS.
SB1423 SD2 RELATING TO THE STADIUM DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT.
SB2018 RELATING TO MINIMUM WAGE.
SB2036 RELATING TO HEALTH.
SB2057 RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.
SB2059 RELATING TO STATE SYMBOLS.
SB2060 RELATING TO HISTORIC PRESERVATION.
SB2065 RELATING TO FISHING.
SB2072 RELATING TO COURT-APPOINTED ATTORNEYS.
SB2073 RELATING TO TELEHEALTH.
SB2137 RELATING TO TRANSITIONAL HOUSING.
SB2138 RELATING TO STATE EMPLOYEES.
SB2139 RELATING TO CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS.
SB2140 RELATING TO THE WORKS OF ART SPECIAL FUND.
SB2141 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB2142 RELATING TO COMPUTER SCIENCE.
SB2143 RELATING TO BOARD MEETINGS.
SB2144 RELATING TO ELECTRONIC INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ACCESSIBILITY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES.
SB2145 RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.
SB2146 RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.
SB2147 RELATING TO NOMINATION PAPERS.
SB2180 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB2187 RELATING TO SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH SERVICES.
SB2189 RELATING TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION.
SB2303 RELATING TO THE GENERAL EXCISE TAX.
SB2304 RELATING TO THE RESEARCH CORPORATION OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.
SB2385 RELATING TO PROCUREMENT.
SB2473 RELATING TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.
SB2474 RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.
SB2475 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB2476 RELATING TO THE TAXATION BOARD OF REVIEW.
SB2477 RELATING TO BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS.
SB2478 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB2479 RELATING TO BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE.
SB2480 RELATING TO THE WAHIAWA IRRIGATION SYSTEM.
SB2481 RELATING TO YOUTH CRISIS CENTERS.
SB2482 RELATING TO WELLNESS.
SB2483 RELATING TO ENERGY.
SB2510 RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.
SB2511 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB2512 RELATING TO THE SCHOOL FACILITIES AUTHORITY.
SB2513 RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.
SB2600 RELATING TO UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANKS.
SB2659 RELATING TO THE DIVISION OF CONSERVATION AND RESOURCES ENFORCEMENT.
SB2687 RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURE.
SB2817 RELATING TO EDUCATION ANNUAL REPORT REQUIREMENTS.
SB2824 RELATING TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION.
SB2827 RELATING TO THE EARLY LEARNING BOARD.
SB2828 RELATING TO HUMAN REMAINS.
SB2906 RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
SB3017 RELATING TO INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY WORKFORCE.
SB3191 RELATING TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING.
SB3192 RELATING TO NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT.
SB3193 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB3194 RELATING TO THE ENFORCEMENT OF LAWS.
SB3195 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS.
SB3202 PROPOSING TO AMEND ARTICLE IV OF THE HAWAII STATE CONSTITUTION.
SB3243 RELATING TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.
SB3244 RELATING TO LEGISLATIVE REAPPORTIONMENT.
SB3245 RELATING TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING.
SB3254 PROPOSING AMENDMENTS TO ARTICLE IV, SECTIONS 4 AND 6, OF THE HAWAII STATE CONSTITUTION REGARDING REAPPORTIONMENT.
SB3268 RELATING TO UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII ATHLETICS.
SB3284 RELATING TO INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES.
SB3292 RELATING TO THE SCHOOL FACILITIES AUTHORITY.
SB3336 RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL COMMODITIES.
SB3337 RELATING TO THE ECONOMY.
SB3343 RELATING TO FIREWORKS.
SB3354 PROPOSING AMENDMENTS TO THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION TO ESTABLISH A HAWAII COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM THAT IS SEPARATE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.
SB3355 RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII COMMUNITY COLLEGES.
SB3359 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS.
SB3382 RELATING TO PRESCRIPTIONS.