House passes an empty bill

As published in the Honolulu Star Advertiser on April 13, 2016:

"Members of the state Senate and House of Representatives are likely headed for a contentious showdown over bills involving water rights, vacation rentals, renewable energy, the homeless and each county’s share of the transient accommodations tax.

Among the hundreds of bills that lawmakers gave preliminary approval to on Tuesday, those bills touched off some of the most spirited debate on the floor of the two chambers at the state Capitol.

Most of the measures — including a mysteriously blank bill that House members passed over the objections of a handful of members — will now advance to conference committee negotiations in the final weeks of this year’s session...

ʻSignificant issues that come before this body deserve the transparency that comes with a public discussion on the merits of the issue,ʻ Rep. Jarrett Keohokalole (D, Kahaluu-Ahuimanu-Kaneohe) told his colleagues. He was one of six House members to vote against the bill’s passage."

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