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SB232: Another Go at Civil Unions

Update: Jan. 26, 2011; 10:55Pm

Friday, Jan. 27 is the expected full Senate floor vote on SB232.  The bill passed out of the Judiciary and Labor Committee on Tuesday by a 3-2 margin.  Follow us on Twitter for updates on the proceedings.


On Tuesday, January 25, the Hawaii State Senate’s Judiciary and Labor Committee will hold the first hearing of the session on Senate Bill 232.  SB232 was introduced by Sen. Brickwood Galuteria (D-12) on the Friday, January 21.  The bill past the first reading and was sent to the JDL for hearings.  This marks the Senate’s first attempt to get the ball rolling on the much anticipated Civil Unions battle.  Last session ended with a fury unseen in most final days as proponents of the House’s version of a Civil Unions bill, HB444, finally got their wish have holding a floor vote.  After lengthy discussion, HB444 passed with much applause from supporters and dismay from opponents.  It was a feel good moment for many in the capitol that day that would be short lived after a veto by then governor, Linda Lingle.  With Neil Abercrombie now at Washington Place, supporters of Civil Unions have a renewed sense of purpose as the governor has already pledged to sign a Civil Unions bill into law should it arrive on his desk.

If you want to get involved in this issue you may do so in written testimony which will be submitted as “public testimony” for the hearing.  This is your chance to get your voice heard by the committee as well as the legislature at large.

Here are the details of the hearing:

Date: Tuesday January 25, 2011

Time: 10AM

Location: RM 016

For more information visit the SB232 information page.

The page provides links on when testimony must be submitted as well as contact info for inquiries.