Political Radar

24 to 1

April 11th, 2013

The state Senate voted Thursday to move a bill that would require the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission to prepare annual reports to the governor and Legislature and would establish regulatory standards for geothermal development.

Despite the concern among senators about how the bill was amended in committee, the bill cleared the Senate in a 24 to 1 vote. Sen. Josh Green was the only dissenter.

The Senate had amended the bill on Tuesday to add a defective date, thus ensuring it would go to a House-Senate conference committee and the public would have more time to review the draft.

A second amendment deleted references to a mediation process in geothermal development disputes. Sen. Russell Ruderman, who was critical of the process senators had used to amend the bill in committee, proposed the change on the floor.

3 Responses to “24 to 1”

  1. Hmmmm:

    The people's trust is being violated when bills are amended in this way.

  2. Kolea:


    Not sure there is must "people's trust" around anymore, after the PLDC and GMO debacles. One part of the legislature recognized the need to try to restore that trust with the decision to abandon the PLDC. But another portion, led by the same forces who rammed through the PLDC in the first place, pull this sneaky maneuver!

    The public had an opportunity to support or oppose the geothermal permitting portions of this bill in another bill. But that bill died in the subject committees. Undeterred by the lack of public support, its advocates grafted the pro-geothermal bill onto the totally unrelated Native Hawaiian Roll bill.

    There was NO opportunity for opponents (or supporters) of the geothermal proposals to offer testimony on SB252. So it is a valid legal question to ask if the bill met the constitutional requirement of having been properly passed. This "Gut and Replace" practice has to come to a halt.

  3. Especially Incognito:

    There is no DOMA or Is there? No trust in Civil Rights
    or there is no authority to trust.

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