Using models successfully passed in Georgia, Maryland and Colorado, Senator Rosalyn Baker introduced a bill proposing that the state create tax credits for primary care health care providers who volunteer their time to provide students clinical experiences. Act 43 was signed into law on June 13, 2018. Our legislators demonstrated understanding that supporting the clinical placement environment for students can directly impact the number of future healthcare professionals in our state. Further, this act recognizes our current primary care healthcare professionals who are doing above and beyond their call of duty by volunteering their time and expertise to educate the next generation of healthcare professionals. With high levels of burnout, and our very high needs for primary care providers, particularly on neighbor islands and rural communities, this recognition of primary care providers is important.
On July 27th, Goodfellow Bros., Inc. (GBI) held a private blessing on the site of the new high school in Kihei marking the beginning of the first phase of construction. “I was honored to be invited to participate in this special blessing,” said Senator Roz Baker. “GBI is unlike any other construction contractor – they believe in blessing their staff and the work site before commencing on a project. Adding to the specialness of the occasion was what this project means to our South Maui community and to the students who will be educated here. This is a true milestone.”
Roz Baker has won the endorsement of the Hawaii State AFL-CIO for her run for re-election to State Senate 6th District (South and West Maui). “We endorse Roz Baker for her support of working families,” said Jason Bradshaw, COPE Director of Hawaii State AFL-CIO. “We believe that it is especially crucial to support candidates who believe that all workers deserve a living wage, a safe and healthy workplace that hard-won benefits are protected.”
Roz Baker has received the unanimous endorsement for re-election to the State Senate, 6th District (South and West Maui), from construction trades labor unions – Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1186 (IBEW), Operating Engineers Local 3 – as well as the General Contractors Association of Hawaii (GCA).
Roz Baker has received the endorsement of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 142 (ILWU) in her run for re-election to State Senate 6th District (South and West Maui).
“We look forward to working with Roz to improve the benefits and protections for Hawai‘i’s workers and their families, to grow our economy, to improve our communities and to defend the rights of all of the people of our State,” said Donna Domingo, ILWU Local 142 President.
In a ceremony at the Lahaina United Methodist Church social hall, Gov. David Ige signed into law Senate Bill 2293. It requires the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corp. to begin condemnation proceedings for the ground lease of the 142-unit Front Street apartment complex. The measure also appropriates $30 million from the state’s rental housing revolving fund to build rental apartments on property in Lahaina.
Maui Senators J. Kalani English (Dist. 7 – Hāna, East and Upcountry Maui, Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i and Kaho‘olawe), Rosalyn H. Baker (Dist. 6 – South and West Maui) and Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran (Dist. 5 – Central Maui) stood proud, today, as Governor David Ige signed Senate Bill 2571. The bill, now Act 104, bans the sale of products containing oxybenzone or octinoxate in order to preserve marine ecosystems.
The Hawaii Fire Fighters Association, Local 1463 (HFFA) unanimously endorsed Roz Baker for re-election to the Hawaii State Senate, 6th District, South and West Maui.
“The Hawaii Fire Fighters Association, Local 1463, is very honored to endorse Roz Baker's reelection to the State Senate,” said Robert Lee, HFFA President. “Roz Baker is a great friend and supporter of Hawaii’s fire fighters. As one of the leading proponents of the Fire Fighter Cancer Presumptive Task Force established in 2016, she fought hard to ensure that in 2018, a bill was passed and on Governor Ige’s desk that improved fire fighters’ access to comprehensive medical benefits upon diagnosis from cancer presumed to arise from the profession. Senator Baker is tough as nails and is willing to make difficult decisions for the great good of our community!”
State Senate incumbent Roz Baker recently received an endorsement from the Patsy T. Mink Political Action Committee. Baker is seeking re-election to the 6th Senatorial District of South and West Maui.
According to the Patsy T. Mink PAC, “Senator Baker has been an indefatigable champion for women’s health and women’s rights. The Patsy T Mink PAC is proud to stand for Senator Baker just as she has stood for women in Hawaii for more than two decades.”
This 2017-2018 Legislative session, Senator Roz Baker focused considerable effort on policies that aim to improve access to healthcare and health insurance coverage. On June 13, 2018, Governor David Ige signed three bills that are part of Roz’s efforts to improve population health and access to health care coverage for Hawai`i’s families.
Act 43 (SB2298) creates a tax credit that seeks to increase the number of Hawai`i licensed healthcare preceptors, who volunteer to supervise clinical rotations of students and residents seeking careers as primary care physicians including osteopathic physicians, advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) and pharmacists.
Act 44 (SB2653) establishes licensure by endorsement for physicians, surgeons and osteopathic physicians.
Act 45, (SB3095) bans the use of the pesticide chloripyrifos in Hawai`i which was determined to be unsafe by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The bill also establishes pesticide-free buffer zones around our schools, requires all users to report date and location where restricted-use pesticides are applied, and provides funds for the Department of Agriculture to conduct a pesticide drift monitoring study.
State Senator Roz Baker has pulled papers for re-election to the 6th Senatorial District of South and West Maui.
Baker has represented the people of Maui County in the Hawai‘i State Legislature for over 25 years serving in a variety of leadership positions. Currently, she is Chair of the Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health Committee.