State Senate Adjourns Session Approving More than 240 Bills Including Key Measures that Improve the Lives of Hawaii’s People

Lawmakers remain vigilant throughout legislative session striking a balance on measures supporting keiki, kupuna, workers and environment The Hawaii State Senate today adjourned the 2014 session passing more than 240 bills that align with its initial priorities to make Hawaii a better place for everyone now and in the future through initiatives supporting Hawaii’s keiki, kupuna, workers and the environment. “The ability to compromise and work together is essential to making good laws that help…

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Compromise Leads to Legislature’s Approval of Over 135 Measures Ahead of Sine Die

Lawmakers pass fiscally responsible state budget bill supporting keiki, measures supporting kupuna and the environment, and flagship bills raising the minimum wage and funding the Turtle Bay Conservation Easement The Hawaii State Legislature approved more than 135 on final reading ahead of the adjournment sine die this Thursday, including the state supplemental budget, measures supporting kupuna and protecting the environment, and flagship bills raising minimum wage and funding the Turtle Bay Conservation Easement. The measures…

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Governor Signs Senate Bill 1, Relating to Equal Rights, into Law

Governor Neil Abercrombie signed into law today a measure to legalize same-sex marriage in the State of Hawaii, making Hawaii the 15th state to enact such legislation. In a release by the Office of the Governor, Chair of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor Clayton Hee stated, “Although Hawaii was not the first to enact same-sex marriage, what shouldn’t be lost is Hawaii was the first in the Baehr v. Lewin lawsuit, that started…

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Hawaii State Senate Sends Governor Measure to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Honolulu- In an historic vote, the Hawaii State Senate today passed a measure on final reading  to legalize same-sex marriage in the State of Hawaii, accepting the House amendments to Senate Bill 1 (SB 1 HD 1), Relating to Equal Rights.  The measure will now go to the Governor’s desk for his approval. Today’s passage of Senate Bill 1 marks a pivotal moment in our State’s history, a moment enshrined in equality and justice,” said…

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Hawaii State Senate to Consider House Draft of Marriage Equality Bill

Honolulu- The Hawaii State Senate will convene Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. to consider the proposed House amendments to Senate Bill 1 (SB 1 HD 1), Relating to Equal Rights. Who: Hawaii State Senate What: Senate Floor Session regarding the consideration to agree or disagree to SB 1 HD1 When: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Where:  Hawaii State Senate Chambers The Hawaii State Senate is currently reviewing the proposed House Draft…

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Statement by Senator Clayton Hee in Response to House’s Passage of SB 1 H1, Relating to Equal Rights

Honolulu- Chair of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor Clayton Hee released the following statement regarding the House’s passage of Senate Bill 1, House Draft 1 (SB 1 HD1), Relating to Equal Rights. “The Senate is currently reviewing the proposed House amendments to Senate Bill 1,” said Senator Hee. “Each member will evaluate the House Draft and we will meet to discuss the next appropriate step for the Senate to consider. I believe each…

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Hawaii State Senate Confirms Judge Lloyd A. Poelman to Maui District Court

Honolulu- The Hawaii State Senate today confirmed the appointment of Lloyd A. Poelman as judge to the District Court of the Second Circuit, located on Maui. He was nominated by Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald and was subject to Senate confirmation. Judge Poelman has established himself as a person of great integrity, judicial competence, and diligence,” said Senator Roz Baker, who represents South and West Maui. “We are honored to confirm him to Maui’s District…

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Senate Advances Marriage Equality Bill

Honolulu- The Hawaii State Senate today passed a measure to legalize same-sex marriage in the State of Hawaii. “The Senate’s passage of this bill marks an historic step towards equality, fairness, and justice,” said Senator Clayton Hee, Chair of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor. “I look forward to working with our colleagues in the House as this measure moves forward.” Senate Bill (SB) 1, Relating to Equal Rights, recognizes marriages between individuals of…

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Hawaii State Senate to Vote on Senate Draft of Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Honolulu- The Hawaii State Senate will convene tomorrow, October 30, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. to vote on the passage of a measure to legalize same-sex marriage in the State of Hawaii. Who: Hawaii State Senate What: Third Reading of Senate Bill 1, Relating to Equal Rights When: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. Where:  Hawaii State Senate Chamber Senate Bill (SB) 1, Relating to Equal Rights, recognizes marriages between individuals of the same gender….

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Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor Advances Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Honolulu- By a vote of five to two, the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor today advanced a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the State of Hawaii. Senate Bill (SB) 1, Relating to Equal Rights, recognizes marriages between individuals of the same gender. In addition, the measure extends to same-sex couples the same rights, benefits, protections, and responsibilities of marriage that opposite-sex couples are presently entitled to. This measure represents the Committee’s best…

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