January 17th, 2013

With the 2013 Legislative Session under way, the Senate has wasted no time in starting the process of honoring the late U.S. Sen. Dan Inouye by renaming various structures and projects.

Senate lawmakers have, so far, introduced two bills toward honoring Inouye’s legacy.

Senate Bill 50 would rename the Saddle Road on the Big Island as the “Daniel K. Inouye Legacy Highway.” Inouye had secured tens of millions of federal dollars for the cross-island road heavily used by both residents and the military.

SB 100 would attach his name to the East-West Center, calling it the “Daniel K. Inouye East-West Center.” The center, a regional think tank that promotes cultural and educational exchanges among Pacific Rim nations, was often defended by Inouye, who helped secure federally earmarked funds that historically made up a portion of its annual operating budget.

Over on the city side, there already has been chatter about attaching Inouye’s name to the $5.26 billion rail transit project. Inouye was a staunch advocate for the rail and helped secure $1.55 billion in federal funds.

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