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Selected Sponsorships

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
July 15, 2009 HR 3221 Student Aid Program Modifications House Co-sponsor
April 2, 2009 HR 1913 Hate Crimes Expansion House Co-sponsor
March 3, 2009 HR 1256 FDA Oversight of Tobacco Products House Co-sponsor
Jan. 13, 2009 HR 2 Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization and Expansion House Co-sponsor
Jan. 6, 2009 HR 11 Employment Discrimination Law Amendments House Co-sponsor
Jan. 6, 2009 HR 12 Employment Discrimination Law Amendments House Co-sponsor
March 13, 2008 HR 5613 Medicaid Extensions and Changes House Co-sponsor
Feb. 7, 2008 HR 5244 Credit Card Regulations House Co-sponsor
Jan. 17, 2008 HR 5036 Federal Funding for Voting System Changes House Co-sponsor
Aug. 3, 2007 HR 3355 Homeowners' Catastrophic Insurance Act of 2007 House Co-sponsor
July 24, 2007 HR 3159 Mandatory Troop Rest Periods Between Deployments to Iraq House Co-sponsor
July 18, 2007 HR 3087 Requiring Reports from the Defense Department to Congress Regarding Withdrawal from Iraq House Co-sponsor
June 28, 2007 HR 2895 National Affordable Housing Trust Fund Act of 2007 House Co-sponsor
June 28, 2007 HR 2929 Ban on Permanent Bases in Iraq House Co-sponsor
June 22, 2007 HR 2831 Equal Pay Bill House Co-sponsor
June 19, 2007 HR 2768 S-MINER Act House Co-sponsor
May 1, 2007 HR 2095 Amtrak Reauthorization House Co-sponsor
March 20, 2007 HR 1592 Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007 House Co-sponsor
March 9, 2007 HR 1424 Mental Health Coverage Bill House Co-sponsor
March 6, 2007 HR 1338 Employment Discrimination Law Amendments House Co-sponsor
Feb. 15, 2007 HR 1108 FDA Regulation of Tobacco House Co-sponsor
Feb. 12, 2007 HR 980 Collective Bargaining for Public Safety Officers House Co-sponsor
Feb. 5, 2007 HR 800 Union Organization Bill House Co-sponsor
Jan. 17, 2007 HR 505 Native Hawaiian Reorganization Act of 2007 House Sponsor
Jan. 5, 2007 HR 3 None House Co-sponsor
May 2, 2006 HR 9 Voting Rights Act Reauthorization House Co-sponsor
Feb. 15, 2006 HR 4761 Deep Ocean Energy Resources Act of 2006 House Co-sponsor
Feb. 17, 2005 HR 8 Death/Estate Tax Repeal Permanency Act of 2005 House Co-sponsor
Feb. 15, 2005 HR 810 Stem Cell Research Bill of 2005 House Co-sponsor
Feb. 1, 2005 HR 503 Horse Slaughter Prohibition Bill House Co-sponsor
Nov. 20, 2003 HR 3550 Highway Trust Fund Bill House Co-sponsor
Nov. 14, 2001 HR 3295 Help America Vote Act of 2002 House Co-sponsor
May 23, 2001 HR 1954 Iran and Libya Sanctions House Co-sponsor
Aug. 5, 1999 HR 2723 Patient Protection bill House Co-sponsor
March 4, 1999 HR 975 Steel Import Limitation bill House Co-sponsor
Feb. 25, 1999 HR 8 Estate Tax Elimination Act of 2000 House Co-sponsor
Feb. 10, 1999 HR 701 Conservation and Reinvestment Act of 1999 House Co-sponsor
Feb. 4, 1999 HR 4 National Missile Defense bill House Co-sponsor
Jan. 19, 1999 HR 417 Campaign Finance Reform bill House Co-sponsor
Oct. 7, 1997 HR 2631 Line Item Veto Cancellation bill House Co-sponsor
Sept. 8, 1997 HR 2431 Religious Freedom House Co-sponsor
Feb. 27, 1997 HR 856 Puerto Rico Political Status bill House Co-sponsor
Feb. 7, 1995 HR 842 Truth in Budgeting Act House Co-sponsor
April 25, 1994 HR 4296 Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons House Co-sponsor
May 6, 1993 HR 2010 National Service Bill House Co-sponsor
Feb. 23, 1993 HR 1036 Prevailing Wage Pre-emptions House Co-sponsor
Feb. 22, 1993 HR 1025 Brady Handgun Bill House Co-sponsor
Feb. 3, 1993 HR 796 Abortion Clinic Access Bill House Co-sponsor
Jan. 5, 1993 HR 20 Hatch Act Reform Bill House Co-sponsor
Jan. 5, 1993 HR 3 Campaign Spending Limits Bill House Co-sponsor

Executive Actions

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Nov. 14, 2013 SB 1 - HD 1 Authorizes Same-Sex Marriage Signed - Executive
Sign
July 9, 2013 SB 69 Requires Background Checks at Gun Registration Signed - Executive
Sign
July 9, 2013 HB 654 Requires the Center of Nursing Advisory Board Include 3 Members of a Health Organization Other than the Hawaii Nurses' Association Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 9, 2013 HB 988 Amends Environmental Response Revolving Fund to Support Native Wildlife After an Oil- or Fuel-Related Disaster Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 9, 2013 HB 763 Authorizes the Hawaii Hurricane Relief Fund to provide funding for the State Building Code Council Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 20, 2013 HB 909 Appropriates Funds for Collective Bargaining Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 10, 2012 HB 1671 Relating to Procurement Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 10, 2012 SB 2214 Relating to Collective Bargaining Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 10, 2012 HB 283 Relating to the Coffee Berry Borer Program Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 10, 2012 SB 3017 Relating to the Transient Accommodations Tax Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 10, 2012 SB 2424 Relating to Professional Employer Associations Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 10, 2012 SB 2158 Relating to Bail Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 10, 2012 SB 2946 Relating to Transportation Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 10, 2012 HB 46 Relating to Public Housing Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 10, 2012 HB 1984 Relating to Hawaiian Language Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 10, 2012 SB 2536 Relating to Clean and Sober Homes and Halfway Houses Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 10, 2012 SB 2640 Relating to Wastewater Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 10, 2012 HB 1617 Relating to Public Lands Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 10, 2012 HB 2436 Relating to the Information Privacy and Security Council Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 27, 2012 SB 2785 Establishes Regulations for an Undersea Power Cable Signed - Executive
Sign
June 19, 2012 SB 2115 Amends Charter School System Signed - Executive
Sign
May 1, 2012 SB 2101 Relating to the Tricare Program Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 12, 2011 SB 1559 Relating to Important Agricultural Lands Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 12, 2011 HB 1230 Relating to County Building Permits Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 12, 2011 SB 217 Relating to Civil Actions Brought by Sexual Offense Victims Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 12, 2011 SB 44 Relating to the Inmate Reentry System Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 12, 2011 SB 23 Relating to the Aha Kiole Advisory Council Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 12, 2011 HB 667 Relating to Food Safety and Security Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 12, 2011 HB 1155 Relating to Repeat Offender Law Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 12, 2011 SB 49 Relating to Correctional Facility Deaths Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 12, 2011 HB 56 Relating to Visitation Rights of Grandparents Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 12, 2011 HB 1654 Relating to Group Living Facilities Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 12, 2011 SB 40 Relating to Tracking Pseudoephedrine Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 12, 2011 SB 590 Relating to the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act Commission Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 12, 2011 SB 1493 Relating to Requirements for New and Replacement Lights Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 12, 2011 SB 1417 Relating to the State Rehabilitation Council Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 12, 2011 HB 545 Relating to Electronic Voter Registration Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 9, 2011 SB 570 Taxation of Certain Pension Incomes Signed - Executive
Sign
May 5, 2011 SB 1416 Relating to Certificates of Inspection for New Cars Vetoed - Executive
Veto
May 5, 2011 HB 382 Relating to the Auditor Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Feb. 23, 2011 SB 232 Civil Unions for All Couples Signed - Executive
Sign

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