Rep. Thielen on Taxes and the Economy

High prices and increased taxes are hurting our residents, escalating property taxes being a prime example. Hawai`i is among the most heavily taxed communities in the nation, and therefore I have co-sponsored legislation to alleviate the tax burden on our working families and retirees. The general excise tax on food and over-the-counter health care supplies should be eliminated. We are building support in the Legislature for this tax relief.

Aloha Hemp Day at the Capitol

All in the family: Rep. Thielen, Sen. Thielen & Honey Thielen celebrate annual Aloha Hemp Day in April wearing all-natural hemp shirts & a sporty hemp hat. A record number of Legislators donned hemp blouses, shirts & even shirt ties. ... (more) Continue Reading

State Lawmakers Want Cost Comparison of Street Level vs Elevated Rail System

For Immediate Release March 10, 2017 Deeply concerned about the escalating costs of the Honolulu rail system, Hawai‘i State Rep. Cynthia Thielen (Kailua-Kaneohe Bay), today joined House Majority Leader Rep. Scott Saiki, Finance Chair Rep. Sylvia Luke, and Judiciary Chair Rep. Scott Nishimoto ... (more) Continue Reading

Bipartisan Effort by Female Lawmakers to Aid Women

The 2017 Women’s Legislative Caucus presented to lawmakers a package of bills that addresses many topics including equal pay; paid maternity and paternity leave; child-care facilities; and domestic violence involving a police officer; and a resolution about work-furlough programs for female ... (more) Continue Reading

2016 Legislative Report

Each year  we send constituents in the 50th House District a Legislative Report with important highlights of the past session. The 2016 Legislative Report can be found here: 61126_Thielen_LegRept_Final_Web lr ... (more) Continue Reading

Our State needs to learn from Berlin

Published June 6, 2016 CIVIL BEAT COMMUNITY VOICE Protect Hawaii Residents, Veto Airbnb Bill A city where affordable housing is scarce and rentals are widespread offers Hawaii a lesson in properly regulating Airbnb and similar services. By Rep. Cynthia Thielen (Kailua-Kaneohe Bay) ... (more) Continue Reading

Historic industrial hemp legislation passes, opens doors to local farmers

Honolulu – Today the Hawai‘i State Legislature passed the "Industrial Hemp Bill," which establishes an agricultural hemp program that for the first time in Hawai‘i's history, allows the crop's cultivation and the distribution of its seed by multiple licensed local farmers. Senate Bill 2659 passed ... (more) Continue Reading

This is it: proposed legislation to solve our homeless, affordable-living crises

By Rep. Cynthia Thielen (Kailua-Kaneohe Bay) It's official: In 2016, homelessness ranks as the No. 1 issue facing Hawai‘i state government, said global research firm OmniTrak in its January report, "The People's Pulse." The pervasive problem has long since blurred the former stereotypical ... (more) Continue Reading