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 2
Hawaii State Capitol
Room: 213
phone: 808-586-6890
fax: 808-586-6899
sensanbuenaventura@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Member of the following committees:
District Information
2nd Senatorial District Map - Kea‘au, Pahoa, Kalapana, Kapoho, Kurtistown, Mountain View, Glenwood, Volcano, Pahala
EXPERIENCE:
• State Senate, District 2 (Puna-East Ka‘ū) from 2021-present
• Chair, Committee on Human Services
• Member, Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection
• Member, Committee on Health
• Per Diem District Court Judge 1991-1995
• Lecturer, UH-Hilo Business law 1986-1987
• Attorney since 1985 to present, having successfully argued in front of the Hawaii Supreme Court, winning 3 out of 3 Petitions for Writ of Certiorari

EDUCATION:
• J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law
• B.Sci. from University of Nevada, Las Vegas
• McKinley High School graduate

COMMUNITY:
• Volunteer attorney with Self-Help Center
• Volunteer mediator with Ku'ikahi Mediation Center
• Member of Hawaii State Bar Association
• Member of Hawaii County Bar Association
• Current member of Hawaii Photo Shooters
• Former president and former member of Hilo Photography Club
Measures Introduced
 Title
SB3 RELATING TO HOUSING.
SB27 RELATING TO HOMEBUYER ASSISTANCE.
SB36 SD2 HD1 RELATING TO RENTAL DISCRIMINATION.
SB41 RELATING TO HOUSING.
SB145 SD1 RELATING TO MEDICAL CANNABIS PRODUCTS.
SB146 RELATING TO THE UNIFORM PROBATE CODE.
SB147 RELATING TO CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES.
SB148 SD1 HD1 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB149 RELATING TO PROPERTY FORFEITURE.
SB239 RELATING TO THE ALOHASAFE ALERT APPLICATION.
SB240 RELATING TO MASK AND QUARANTINE VIOLATIONS.
SB241 SD1 RELATING TO MEDICAL CANNABIS.
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.
SB339 SD2 RELATING TO THE IMPORTANT AGRICULTURAL LAND QUALIFIED AGRICULTURAL COST TAX CREDIT.
SB342 RELATING TO INVASIVE SPECIES.
SB354 RELATING TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING.
SB374 RELATING TO THEFT.
SB376 RELATING TO NOISE.
SB379 RELATING TO THE HAWAII HOUSING FINANCE AND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.
SB382 RELATING TO PAYMENTS OF SUPPORT.
SB464 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB467 SD1 RELATING TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION.
SB537 RELATING TO AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE.
SB591 RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY INSPECTIONS.
SB592 RELATING TO THE UNIFORM INFORMATION PRACTICES ACT.
SB593 RELATING TO DIGITAL IDENTIFICATION.
SB594 SD1 RELATING TO GENERAL EXCISE TAX.
SB597 SD2 HD1 RELATING TO CAMPAIGN FINANCE.
SB598 RELATING TO THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE.
SB605 RELATING TO PRESCRIPTION DRUGS.
SB608 RELATING TO GENERAL EXCISE TAX EXEMPTIONS.
SB618 SD1 RELATING TO PARENTAGE.
SB619 SD2 RELATING TO ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSES.
SB620 SD1 RELATING TO ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSES.
SB631 RELATING TO PAYMENTS OF SUPPORT.
SB689 RELATING TO LANDS CONTROLLED BY THE STATE.
SB698 SD1 RELATING TO COMMUNITY MEETINGS.
SB699 RELATING TO THE LAND CONSERVATION FUND.
SB700 SD2 RELATING TO SEARCH AND RESCUE.
SB701 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB703 RELATING TO SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING.
SB734 RELATING TO HOUSING DENSITY.
SB743 RELATING TO PERMIT PROCESSING.
SB792 SD1 RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION.
SB815 SD2 HD1 RELATING TO EDUCATION FUNDING.
SB817 RELATING TO ATTACHMENT.
SB818 RELATING TO VACANT AND ABANDONED RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY.
SB820 SD1 RELATING TO THE NURSING FACILITY SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM.
SB821 SD2 HD1 RELATING TO CHILDREN.
SB824 PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF HAWAII TO AMEND THE QUALIFYING AGE OF VOTERS FOR ANY STATE OR LOCAL ELECTION.
SB825 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB827 SD2 HD1 RELATING TO BREAST CANCER SCREENING.
SB829 SD1 RELATING TO ABUSE OF FAMILY OR HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS.
SB839 SD2 RELATING TO HEALTH.
SB850 SD2 RELATING TO BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES.
SB858 SD1 RELATING TO COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS.
SB883 RELATING TO SAFETY EQUIPMENT.
SB908 SD1 RELATING TO DRIVER'S LICENSES.
SB909 RELATING TO INTERNET ACCESS.
SB910 RELATING TO PUBLIC HOUSING.
SB912 SD1 HD1 RELATING TO THE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.
SB913 SD2 HD2 RELATING TO SUSTAINABLE ELECTRONICS MANAGEMENT.
SB914 RELATING TO BROADBAND ACCESS.
SB952 RELATING TO PAROLE.
SB969 SD2 HD2 RELATING TO ANIMAL FUR PRODUCTS.
SB1020 RELATING TO FIREWORKS.
SB1243 SD2 HD1 RELATING TO THE PHASEOUT OF PRIVATE CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES.
SB1244 SD1 RELATING TO THE MODERNIZATION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE.
SB1250 SD2 RELATING TO EMERGENCY FOOD MANAGEMENT.
SB1294 RELATING TO MEDICAID BENEFITS.
SB1295 RELATING TO PRESCRIPTIVE AUTHORITY FOR CERTAIN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGISTS.
SB1296 RELATING TO BROADBAND.
SB1300 RELATING TO INCREASING THE ESTATE TAX.
SB1302 RELATING TO TAX HAVEN ABUSE.
SB1310 RELATING TO COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT.
SB1315 RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
SB1318 SD1 RELATING TO KULEANA LANDS.
SB1319 RELATING TO HAWAIIAN FISHPONDS.
SB1323 SD2 HD1 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS.
SB1328 RELATING TO ACADEMIC TENURE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.
SB1331 RELATING TO DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION.
SB1334 SD2 RELATING TO THE HAWAII COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.
SB1372 SD1 RELATING TO MEDICAL CANNABIS.
SB1373 SD1 RELATING TO WAGE GARNISHMENT.
SB1374 RELATING TO CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE SECOND SENATORIAL DISTRICT.
SB1375 RELATING TO HEALTH.
SB1376 RELATING TO CANNABIS.
SB1404 RELATING TO HONOKOHAU SMALL BOAT HARBOR.
SB2004 RELATING TO PROPERTY FORFEITURE.
SB2018 RELATING TO MINIMUM WAGE.
SB2032 RELATING TO GENETIC INFORMATION PRIVACY.
SB2035 RELATING TO REGENERATIVE TOURISM.
SB2036 RELATING TO HEALTH.
SB2038 RELATING TO EARLY LEARNING.
SB2068 RELATING TO LAND MANAGEMENT.
SB2072 RELATING TO COURT-APPOINTED ATTORNEYS.
SB2073 RELATING TO TELEHEALTH.
SB2076 RELATING TO BROADBAND SERVICE INFRASTRUCTURE.
SB2081 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION COMMERCIAL ENTERPRISES REVOLVING FUND.
SB2135 RELATING TO THE OCEAN STEWARDSHIP SPECIAL FUND.
SB2136 RELATING TO JURY SERVICE.
SB2169 RELATING TO FOOD ASSISTANCE.
SB2170 RELATING TO TOURISM GOVERNANCE.
SB2171 RELATING TO ENERGY.
SB2175 RELATING TO PRIVATE ROADS.
SB2177 RELATING TO VOTING.
SB2187 RELATING TO SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH SERVICES.
SB2188 RELATING TO SCHOOLS.
SB2200 RELATING TO TUBERCULOSIS SCREENING.
SB2202 RELATING TO VOLUNTEER MONTH.
SB2204 RELATING TO ELECTRONICS.
SB2207 RELATING TO THE HAWAII INTERAGENCY COUNCIL ON HOMELESSNESS.
SB2212 RELATING TO ROBOCALLS.
SB2241 RELATING TO MEDICAL CARE FOR MINORS.
SB2275 RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION NETWORK COMPANIES.
SB2277 RELATING TO CONTRACTOR PRACTICES.
SB2291 RELATING TO ELECTRONIC EAVESDROPPING.
SB2292 RELATING TO PRIVACY.
SB2293 RELATING TO FACIAL RECOGNITION SYSTEMS.
SB2300 RELATING TO CAMPAIGN FINANCE.
SB2303 RELATING TO THE GENERAL EXCISE TAX.
SB2305 RELATING TO THE COMPREHENSIVE OFFENDER REENTRY SYSTEM.
SB2306 RELATING TO CHILDREN AND FAMILY OF INCARCERATED INDIVIDUALS.
SB2342 RELATING TO PAYMENTS OF SUPPORT.
SB2373 RELATING TO OFFENDER REENTRY.
SB2399 RELATING TO RENTAL DISCRIMINATION.
SB2400 RELATING TO HIGHWAYS.
SB2401 RELATING TO ADULT DENTAL MEDICAID BENEFITS.
SB2403 RELATING TO OPEN MEETINGS.
SB2404 RELATING TO REMOTE ACCESS TO LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE HEARINGS.
SB2413 RELATING TO ENERGY EFFICIENT TECHNOLOGIES.
SB2424 RELATING TO MARRIAGE OF MINORS.
SB2436 RELATING TO LEGISLATIVE ACCESS THROUGH REMOTE TESTIMONY.
SB2437 RELATING TO THE NEIGHBOR ISLANDS BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED SERVICE PILOT PROGRAM.
SB2438 RELATING TO SERVICE ANIMALS.
SB2439 RELATING TO HEARING AIDS.
SB2455 RELATING TO CANNABIS.
SB2456 RELATING TO IDENTIFICATION CARDS.
SB2459 RELATING TO LANGUAGE ACCESS.
SB2461 MAKING AN APPROPRIATION TO THE HAWAII HEALTHY AGING PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM.
SB2463 RELATING TO WORKERS' COMPENSATION.
SB2464 RELATING TO COMPENSATION BENEFITS.
SB2475 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB2525 RELATING TO ELECTIONS.
SB2542 RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION NETWORK COMPANIES.
SB2546 RELATING TO MENSTRUAL EQUALITY.
SB2548 RELATING TO THE TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS TAX.
SB2560 RELATING TO EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY.
SB2591 RELATING TO A MEMORIAL.
SB2592 RELATING TO HEALTH.
SB2595 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.
SB2600 RELATING TO UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANKS.
SB2609 RELATING TO SPECIAL PURPOSE REVENUE BONDS FOR NONPROFIT CORPORATIONS THAT PROVIDE HEALTH CARE FACILITIES TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.
SB2613 RELATING TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS.
SB2616 RELATING TO SEARCH AND RESCUE.
SB2624 RELATING TO HEALTH.
SB2629 RELATING TO PESTICIDES.
SB2634 RELATING TO HEALTH.
SB2635 RELATING TO COVERAGE FOR MAMMOGRAPHY.
SB2637 RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY.
SB2639 RELATING TO THE COMPREHENSIVE OFFENDER REENTRY SYSTEM.
SB2641 RELATING TO THE JUDICIARY.
SB2645 RELATING TO ACCESS TO BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES.
SB2654 RELATING TO WATER RATIONING.
SB2658 MAKING AN EMERGENCY APPROPRIATION TO FUND A GRANT TO THE BOARD OF WATER SUPPLY FOR EMERGENCY OPERATIONS, FUTURE PLANNING, AND GROUND WATER REMEDIATION.
SB2692 RELATING TO DRIVER'S LICENSES.
SB2699 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB2702 RELATING TO EARLY EDUCATION.
SB2718 RELATING TO MEDICAL CANNABIS.
SB2723 RELATING TO HOUSING.
SB2735 RELATING TO BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CRISIS STABILIZATION BEDS.
SB2737 RELATING TO A BEHAVIORAL HEALTH LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY.
SB2745 RELATING TO AIRCRAFT.
SB2746 RELATING TO HEALTH.
SB2747 RELATING TO THE UNIFORM PARENTAGE ACT.
SB2748 RELATING TO THE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES EDUCATION ACT.
SB2751 RELATING TO HEALTH.
SB2756 RELATING TO WATER CARRIERS.
SB2760 RELATING TO TRAILS.
SB2768 RELATING TO THE HAWAII YOUTH CONSERVATION CORPS.
SB2770 RELATING TO NATIVE HAWAIIAN REHABILITATION PROGRAMS.
SB2772 RELATING TO FURLOUGH AND DRUG TREATMENT PROGRAMS.
SB2773 RELATING TO EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS.
SB2774 RELATING TO WOMEN'S COMMUNITY CORRECTIONAL CENTER.
SB2775 RELATING TO RECIDIVISM PREVENTION.
SB2776 RELATING TO PRISON REFORM.
SB2777 RELATING TO SEARCHES OF FEMALE INMATES.
SB2778 RELATING TO PRETRIAL RELEASE.
SB2779 RELATING TO AN INTRASTATE MUTUAL AID SYSTEM.
SB2813 RELATING TO CONVEYANCE TAX.
SB2821 RELATING TO MENSTRUAL EQUALITY.
SB2844 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB2853 RELATING TO GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY.
SB2856 RELATING TO PRETRIAL RELEASE.
SB2857 RELATING TO CHILD WELLNESS.
SB2858 RELATING TO CHILD VISITATION.
SB2859 RELATING TO ELECTIONS.
SB2860 RELATING TO WATER CONSERVATION.
SB2871 RELATING TO PRETRIAL RELEASE.
SB2872 RELATING TO DATA COLLECTION.
SB2873 RELATING TO THE UNIFORM PROBATE CODE.
SB2874 RELATING TO REVERSE AUCTION PROCUREMENT.
SB2875 RELATING TO PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES.
SB2876 RELATING TO COMMON INTEREST COMMUNITIES.
SB2877 RELATING TO THE RESIDENTIAL LANDLORD-TENANT CODE.
SB2878 RELATING TO CHILDREN.
SB2879 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB2880 RELATING TO HOME HEALTH CARE.
SB2881 RELATING TO VACANT AND ABANDONED RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY.
SB2882 RELATING TO COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS.
SB2887 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES.
SB2889 RELATING TO WATER CATCHMENT SYSTEMS.
SB2890 RELATING TO EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS.
SB2893 RELATING TO A SCHOOL SUPPLY SUBSIDY PILOT PROGRAM.
SB2895 RELATING TO METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATIONS.
SB2902 RELATING TO RENTAL DISCRIMINATION.
SB2907 RELATING TO INVASIVE SPECIES.
SB2918 RELATING TO BEHAVIORAL HEALTH.
SB2919 RELATING TO DISABILITY HEALTH DISPARITY.
SB2922 RELATING TO RURAL DISTRICTS.
SB2926 RELATING TO MARIJUANA.
SB2927 RELATING TO MEDICAL EQUIPMENT.
SB2944 RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL LANDS.
SB2974 RELATING TO PESTICIDES.
SB2996 RELATING TO ANTS.
SB3167 RELATING TO RENTAL HOUSING.
SB3168 RELATING TO HOMELESSNESS.
SB3169 RELATING TO HOMELESSNESS.
SB3170 RELATING TO FUEL TAXES.
SB3171 RELATING TO CHILD SUPPORT.
SB3182 RELATING TO A WEALTH ASSET TAX.
SB3209 RELATING TO TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.
SB3210 RELATING TO FAMILY GUIDANCE CENTERS.
SB3212 RELATING TO TELECOMMUNICATION.
SB3233 RELATING TO THE TAXATION OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES.
SB3234 RELATING TO HEALTH.
SB3235 RELATING TO SAFE SPACES FOR YOUTH PILOT PROGRAM.
SB3236 RELATING TO MEDICAID PATIENT CARE.
SB3237 RELATING TO CHILD WELFARE SERVICES.
SB3286 RELATING TO PUBLIC LANDS.
SB3288 RELATING TO TELEHEALTH.
SB3293 RELATING TO ASSISTANCE FOR PERSONS COMPLETING A TERM OF IMPRISONMENT.
SB3294 RELATING TO REENTRY PLANNING CIRCLES.
SB3320 RELATING TO FERAL PIG CONTROL PERMITS.
SB3321 RELATING TO CONSTRUCTION.
SB3322 RELATING TO EARLY RELEASE OF INMATES.
SB3323 RELATING TO ATTACHMENT.
SB3324 RELATING TO INFRASTRUCTURE MAINTENANCE IN HOUSING SUBDIVISIONS.
SB3331 RELATING TO STATE SALARIES.
SB3348 RELATING TO RAW MILK.
SB3357 RELATING TO NATIVE HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.
SB3359 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS.
SB3376 RELATING TO MOSQUITO CONTROL.
SB3377 RELATING TO COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES ON BEACHES.
SB3382 RELATING TO PRESCRIPTIONS.
SCR1 URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A PROGRAM TO RECRUIT AND EMPLOY QUALIFIED BLIND PERSONS TO SERVE AS ORIENTATION AND MOBILITY INSTRUCTORS, AND IN OTHER POSITIONS, AS TEACHERS OF VISUALLY IMPAIRED STUDENTS.
SCR2 REQUESTING THE AUDITOR TO CONDUCT A SUNRISE REVIEW OF THE CERTIFICATION AND REGULATION OF COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS.