Honolulu, Hawaii — Representative Mele Carroll (Haiku, Hana, Kaupo, Kipahulu, Nahiku, Paia, Kahoolawe, Lanai, Molokai, Molokini) released today the following statement regarding the Chairmanship of the Hawaii House of Representatives Committee on Human Services.
“It has been a truly humbling experience to serve as the Chair of the Human Services Committee for the past two years. At the helm of this committee I was able to work to address the needs of the most vulnerable in our communities from the keiki to the kupuna on topics such as, Medicaid to foster care, and child protective services to name a few.
“I recently asked Speaker Souki to re-assign the chairmanship this session due to some health issues I have been experiencing. I am more than pleased that Representative Dee Morikawa will now take the lead for the upcoming 2015 Legislative session. Although I really enjoy my chairmanship, I strongly feel that it is best to step down as chair so that the people of Hawaii will continue to receive the best service from the House of Representatives Committee on Human Services. This change will let me focus on my District, my family and my health.”