2020 Legislative Priorities

What Are Hawaii Family Forum’s Legislative Priorities?

Legislative priorities are set each year by the board, based on recommendations from the pastors, local faith-based community leaders and sometimes, our own constituency. Because of resources and time, we simply cannot respond to every issue that faces Hawaii’s families.

The priorities apply only to the advocacy work we do in the legislature. The issues for education and advocacy — the priorities set every two years by the Hawaii Family Forum board — inform our legislative priorities. However, they are broader, in that they include issues on which we are committing to work more broadly — community education, member education, advocacy that may be broader than just the legislature.

In addition, the legislative priorities take into account our reading of what we think are going to be “hot” issues in the legislature in a given year. The board considered many issues and the responses from our community members suggesting Legislative Priorities. HFF has many positions from which to take action, but establishing a focus for our local grassroots advocacy is a critical responsibility of the HFF board.

In setting priorities, the board considers a number of factors, the most important of which is focusing HFF effort where we can have the greatest impact.