Special Session 2013


Stories relating to the October 2013 Special Session of the Hawaii State Legislature

Tweets from the #SpecialSession, part 2

The Hawaii Independent and others have been live-tweeting from the Capitol. Here are some of the best from today's Senate vote. Read More »

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Signal 1: Week two of the 2013 special session

Ikaika Hussey, Gary Chun, and Will Caron discuss the ongoing marriage equality debate.

Tweets from the #SpecialSession

The Hawaii Independent and other news sources and citizens have been live-tweeting updates since the first day. Below are some of the best, mostly from the JUD/FIN hearing and yesterday's 2nd reading. Read More »

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JUD, FIN joint committee passes SB1

Today the joint House committee recommended to pass SB1 out of committee with amendments. Read More »

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Special Session week two agenda

Special Session rolls into week two. What's left on the agenda? Read More »

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My Two Moms
  • Essay

13-year old Shylar is the daughter of Tambry and Suzanne Young, lead plaintiffs in the Young v. Lingle lawsuit for equal rights for LGBT families filed in 2010. This article began as a school assignment, and became her testimony at the October 28 hearing on marriage equality before the State Senate Judiciary Committee. Read More »

Shylar Young
Living True Aloha
  • Opinion

Using the core value of aloha as a weapon against others is pure cultural hypocrisy. Read More »

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Republican resolutions attempt to dissolve governing coalition

Several resolutions introduced by Bob McDermott failed to pass today, but showed divisions within the House of Representatives that threatened the SB1 vote count Read More »

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Day 1 of the marriage equality bill hearings

Yes, the Senate committee passed SB1. Read More »

Breaking: Salmonson nomination withdrawn

Controversial nomination for the Director of the Office of Environmental Quality Control will no longer take place Read More »

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Testimony of the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women
  • Verbatim

Cathy Betts, Executive Director of the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women, delivered this testimony on SB1 on Monday. Read More »

Testimony of US Senator Brian Schatz on SB1
  • Verbatim
Marriage equality hearing: mid-day report

We're two and a half hours into the Senate committee hearing on SB1. Here's what's being said (and tweeted). Read More »

Don’t forget the Baehr case
  • Analysis
Ikaika M Hussey
Environmental groups oppose Salmonson nomination

Nine environmental groups have come out with a letter to the Senate outlining their reasons for opposing Salmonson's nomination. Read More »

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Salmonson nomination will go to hearing during special session
  • Analysis

In an increasingly crowded special session, Abercrombie's nomination for Director of the Office of Environmental Quality Control is cause for concern. Read More »

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Tonight’s informational session leans heavily conservative
  • Analysis

Why the neighbor islands won't be getting similar informational sessions on the Marriage Equality bill Read More »

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Marriage equality bill to be heard on Monday
  • Announcement
Ikaika M Hussey
Public worker contracts, Kauai hospitals added to special session agenda →
  • Analysis

Can the legislature really handle this all in the five days? More at The Star-Advertiser » Read More »

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