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Hawaii Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
March 4, 2014 SB 2609 Increases the Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 1)
Yea
Nov. 12, 2013 SB 1 - HD 1 Authorizes Same-Sex Marriage Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(19 - 4)
Nay
April 30, 2013 HB 622 Limits Media 'Shield Law' Provisions Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(16 - 9)
Yea
March 5, 2013 SB 69 Requires Background Checks at Gun Registration Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 3)
Yea
May 3, 2012 SB 2785 Establishes Regulations for an Undersea Power Cable Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(22 - 3)
Yea
Jan. 19, 2012 SB 2115 Amends Charter School System Senate Sponsor
Feb. 16, 2011 SB 232 Civil Unions for All Couples Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(18 - 5)
Nay
Jan. 28, 2011 SB 232 Civil Unions for All Couples Bill Passed - Senate
(19 - 6)
Nay
April 28, 2010 HB 2377 Board of Education Selection Advisory Council Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(22 - 2)
Yea
April 27, 2010 HB 2583 Shark Feeding Penalty Increase Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(23 - 2)
Yea
April 14, 2010 HB 2421 Petroleum Tax ("Barrel Tax") Increase Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(18 - 7)
Yea
Jan. 22, 2010 HB 444 Legalizing Same-Sex Civil Unions Bill Passed - Senate
(18 - 7)
Nay
May 8, 2009 SB 1111 Transient Accommodations Tax Increase Veto Override Passed - Senate
(19 - 6)
Yea
April 14, 2009 HB 1605 Allowing Counties to Impose Retail Sales Tax Bill Passed - Senate
(20 - 4)
Yea
April 14, 2009 HB 1744 Allowing a County Surcharge on the Transient Accommodations Tax Bill Passed - Senate
(19 - 6)
Yea
April 14, 2009 HB 1747 Income Tax Rate Increase for Top Income Brackets Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 4)
Nay
April 14, 2009 HB 952 Amending Unionization Requirements Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 4)
Yea
Feb. 23, 2009 SB 777 Requiring Comprehensive Sex Education When Using State Funds Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 3)
Nay
May 1, 2008 SB 2423 Turtle Bay Acquisition Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(14 - 11)
Yea
March 4, 2008 SB 2423 Turtle Bay Acquisition Bill Passed - Senate
(23 - 2)
Yea
Oct. 29, 2007 SB 1 Superferry Environmental Assessment Bill Passed - Senate
(20 - 5)
Yea
March 8, 2007 SB 1276 Environmental Impact of Harbor Improvements Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 4)
Yea

About the Selection and Descriptions of Key Votes

Project Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and State voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Key votes typically include the initial passage of legislation and final conference report vote versions (the compromised versions of bills passed in separate House and Senate versions). Vote Smart uses the following criteria to select key votes:

  1. The vote should be helpful in portraying how a member stands on a particular issue
  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
  3. The vote has received media attention
  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
  5. Occasionally, if a specific bill is consistently inquired about on the Voter's Research Hotline, the vote will be added

Descriptions of the votes are written by Vote Smart staff and based on information included in the Congressional Record, State House Journals, or Senate Journals, with additional background information from newspapers, magazines, etc. Vote Smart provides summaries for each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the final version of the bill.

The Key Votes Program follows Project Vote Smart's strict policies, procedures and structure that guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. In order to ensure that all Key Votes are non-partisan in their selection and language, each is approved by a group of over 160 political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.

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