HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Senate President Donna Mercado Kim said lawmakers in the House and Senate will be joined by former lawmakers as the 2014 legislative session begins to celebrate Hawaii’s 55th anniversary of statehood.
Kim said the former lawmakers who will join on the chamber floors today include former Hawaii Gov. George Ariyoshi. Ariyoshi served in Hawaii’s Senate when the islands were still a territory and when it became a state in 1959. Kim said nearly 40 ex-senators and about 50 former House members are expected to be a part of the celebration.
Hawaii’s regular legislative sessions lasts until May.