Political Radar

Senate JDL

July 1st, 2013

State Senate leadership has expanded the Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee by adding two new members.

Senate Majority Leader Brickwood Galuteria and Sen. Malama Solomon join Sen. Clayton Hee, the committee's chairman, Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, the vice chairwoman, Sen. Les Ihara, Jr., Sen. Mike Gabbard and Senate Minority Leader Sam Slom.

The seven-member committee would have jurisdiction over a same-sex marriage bill.

The composition of the committee had been an issue during the debate over civil unions in 2009. Senate leaders had placed six members on Judiciary -- an even number -- and the committee eventually became deadlocked.

The two new members who have been appointed to Judiciary improve the vote count for same-sex marriage.

Hee, Shimabukuro and Ihara have said they favor same-sex marriage, while Gabbard and Slom are opposed.

By adding Galuteria and Solomon, who both favor same-sex marriage, the count jumps from 3 to 2 to 5 to 2.

5 Responses to “Senate JDL”

  1. ohiaforest3400:

    What the Senate really needs to do is to take Clayton Hee off this committee altogether the way former Senate Prez Colleen Hanabusa did only one session after she took over. He was an embarrassment then and she gave him the hook the day after session ended. He is just as much of an embarrassment now but the difference is that, in between Hanabusa and Kim, our now Lt. Gov. bent over and gave away the store to Hee: ridiculously large suite of offices, a bloated staff, swelling his overinflated ego even further, if that's possible. A one man wrecking crew, that one.

  2. hossana:

    More Democrat subterfuges to block the same-sex opponents......Why do you people continue to vote for members of the Democratic pary that have ruined Hawaii in every which way from the overbuilding on our ag or farm lands, the deterioration of our infrastructure with the constant breaking down of water mains, potholes etc...im just tired of constantly watch the democratic party lead hawaii down the path of crumbling destruction.....STUPID PEOPLE..YOU GET WHAT YOU VOTE FOR........

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  4. Goober:

    Seems that many come from the mainland
    and transplant here just to raise cain.
    Where they come from they are just a
    face in the crowd. They should hold their

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