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QUESTION: If elected, will you affirmatively work for implementation of a system for remote video testimony from the Outer Islands? If yes, what do you pledge to do?
Video conferencing saves both time and money. If elected to the US Senate, I will advocate for the increased use of technology to bring cost savings and transparency to the federal government. In fact, part of my bipartisan VISIT USA Act to increase tourism here in Hawaii would introduce a pilot program in China that will permit visa interviews by video-conferencing.
I sympathize with neighbor island testifiers and agree that use of modern technology makes sense to increase the opportunities of citizens statewide to participate in the legislative process. The importance of hearing from the diverse perspectives of ourresidents on the neighbor islands is why I have pledged to set up Neighbor Island Advisory Committees if elected as U.S. Senator so that all state residents can ensure their opinions are heard. This would be similar to the Neighbor Island Advisory Committees I established as Governor. I would encourage the leadership in the State Legislature to set up video-conferencing for legislative hearings.
US REPRESENTATIVE, District 2
DNR Matthew DiGeronimo
I would communicate to my former colleagues at the State Legislature the importance of implementing video conferencing. I also look into possible federal funding opportunities.
HAWAII COUNTY MAYOR
Yes. The County has successfully used video conferencing for various proceedings. If feasible, I will authorize the use of the county’s video conferencing equipment and facilities to defray some of the costs the state will have to incur to set up such a progr