More than 350 bills were put into conference committee after the House and Senate voted to “disagree” on all of them shortly after they passed the Second Crossover deadline earlier this month. Dozens of other bills have been “agreed” to by both houses (meaning amendments made in each house were amicable to the other). Those bills were voted in final reading in both the House and Senate, after which they went up to the Governor’s office for final approval.
Senator Slom was assigned to 236 conference committee bills. The Conference Committee process started last week and continues until tomorrow, April 26. Passage of most bills depended on the vote of the state budget, HB 200, which cleared conference committee last night (April 24).
April 23, 2013: Floor Action – Session Day #55: Senator Slom voted against SB 1193 SD1 HD1 on the Senate floor today. The bill repeals the GET exemption for goods sold to common or foreign carriers; ships, airplanes engaged in interstate or foreign commerce for consumption outside the state. The measure presents a tax increase for the cruse and airline industries.
Conference committees for the State Budget bill (HB 200), the Judiciary Budget (HB 197) and the budget for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (HB 222) passed their respective bills last night. Senator Slom voted in the affirmative on all 3 budget bills – he approved HB 200 with a “WR” vote despite the budget bills many shortcomings.
Top photo: Senator Slom was a member of the conference committee that voted on the State Budget bill.
Previous Days’ Reports
April 22, 2013: Floor Action – Session Day #54: The Senate advised and consented (23 to 2) to the nomination of Barry Mizuno to the University of Hawaii Board of Regents. Senators Slom and Ruderman were the 2 senators voting in opposition to the nominee. The Senate also confirmed several other individuals to a number of boards and commissions, passed several House Concurrent Resolutions and one bill (SB 883) on Final Reading. Senator Slom voted against SB 883 which funds pay raises for State Law Enforcement officers.
About 2 dozen people showed up to protest against SB 1171 “Authorizes the phased review of certain projects by the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ State Historic Preservation Division to ensure consistency between state and federal law. Removes language that provided the Governor with the option to request the Hawaii Advisory Council on Historic Preservation to report in cases where an agency, officer, or other person is dissatisfied with a decision of the Hawaii Historic Places Review Board.” — For example if this bill was law today, the rail project could move ahead without a full archeological review for the entire route. Environmental and Hawaiian cultural groups oppose the bill. See photos below:
Photos on the SB 1171 protest taken by Noelani Bonifacio.