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State Senator uses social media as call to action

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

“It used to take me a long time to get to 1000 people. Now we communicate with 15-20,000 people in a day".

State Senator Josh Green is calling his constituents to action through social media.

"We have a whole new generation of people who want to get active. The millenials, the people who are passionate about issues like pesticides" he said.

On his Facebook page, he asked people to call State Senator Jill Tokuda, who chairs the Ways and Means Committee, to hear a pair of bills relating to pesticides.

One of the two bills--which calls for a pesticide disclosure program will be heard. The other, which also extends to buffer zones, is still without that critical hearing.

"Heavy pesticide users, are using these pesticides, restricted pesticides right up against the fence lines of our schools" said supporter Ashley Lukens, Program Director of the Hawaii Center for Food Safety. She says now is the time to create change.

"I'm actually feeling really optimistic about it. It's a common sense solution to a growing community concern".

Green is far more guarded.

"I think it's a toss-up right now. They're super busy".

That said, even if the bill dies---Green remains optimistic for the future, and his ability to reach his base.

"We're doing better than ever before, there's more awareness. We saw the awareness on Maui, on Kauai, on Big Island. Sometimes getting there halfway in one year gets you the rest of the way the following year".

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