Hawaii to honor former lawmakers as session starts

Published: Jan. 14, 2014 at 2:23 PM HST
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Former Hawaii Gov. George Ariyoshi
Former Hawaii Gov. George Ariyoshi

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii Senate President Donna Mercado Kim says 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 says the former lawmakers joining on the chamber floors Wednesday 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 says nearly 40 ex-senators and about 50 former House members have said they'll be part of the celebration.

Hawaii's regular legislative sessions lasts until May.

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