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Free Speech? There are a few champions left
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 7:22 PM :: 4325 Views :: First Amendment, Life

There are a few champions left!

Aloha    May 2, 2017

SB 501 CD 1(Bully Bill) went to the full House and Senate for vote today.  It passed in the Senate by a vote of 22 (yes) - 3 (no) and in the House by a vote of 38 (yes) - 12 (no) with 1 excused (Rep. Ichiyama).  The final version CD1, will now be sent to the Governor for signature.

We wanted to take a moment to let you know who those champions are - those legislators who stood up for what is right and voted NO on SB 501 CD1.  Please take a few moments and call each of them and thank them for their courageous vote. It is absolutely imperative that you do this... it takes guts to stand up against the majority.  These legislators need to know that you stand with them and are appreciative of their vote!

SB501: Text, Status


Senator Mike Gabbard

Senator Breene Harimoto

Senator Gil Riviere


Rep. Henry Aquino

Rep. Romy Cachola

Rep. Ty Cullen

Rep. Sharon Har

Rep. Sam Kong

Rep. Lauren Matsumoto

Rep. Bob McDermott

Rep. Marcus Oshiro

Rep. Calvin Say

Rep. James Tokioka

Rep. Andria Tupola

Rep. Gene Ward

So what happens now? (The portion below is from the Public Access Room)
Since the bill will be sent to the Governor after April 18th (less than 10 days prior to sine die ), then…

  • If the Governor signs the bill by July 11th (the 45th day after sine die), the bill becomes law.
  • If the Governor neither signs nor vetoes the bill by July 11th (the 45th day after sine die), the bill becomes law without the Governor's signature.
  • If the Governor intends to veto the bill, the Governor must inform the Legislature by June 26th(the 35th day after sine die) and deliver the veto by July 11th.
    If the bill is vetoed, it will not become law unless:
    • the Legislature amends the bill in special session to address the Governor's objections and the Governor signs the amended bill within 10 days of receipt, or 
    • the Legislature successfully overrides the veto in special session by a 2/3 vote of all members in each chamber.  The Legislature must convene in special session at or before noon on July 11th to act upon the Governor's veto.
We will keep you posted as the bill moves to the Governor's office.

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