Watching and reporting about Hawaii from Washington Place to Washington, D.C.
2:06 p.m. Hirono, Hanabusa and Lightbulbs
Mazie Hirono and Colleen Hanabusa were among the minority in a 223-193 vote on a motion to suspend U.S. House rules and vote on the Better Use of Light Bulbs Act.
But the motion failed to attract the necessary two-thirds vote, and so it’s dead. The vote was heavily along party lines; Republicans wanted to end federal bulb standards passed in 2007, which they argue are a prime example of federal overreach.
In other House news, Hawaii’s reps were among the majority in a 406-22 vote that extends authorization of the National Flood Insurance Program.
However, Hirono and Hanabusa were (mostly) on the losing side concerning several amendments introduced by fellow Democrats aimed at restoring funds to the Department of Energy’s energy efficiency and renewable energy research and development program.
Among the 11 measures the governor signed into law yesterday was House Bill 688, which requires the BOE to monitor compliance with DOE rules or statutes covering bullying, cyberbullying or harassment and to establish reporting requirements for the DOE.
That makes 221 bills so far that the governor has enacted into law. Today is the deadline to sign, veto or let bills become law without the governor’s signature.
The 2011 Reapportionment Commission meets at 2 p.m. today.
The agenda includes going into executive session to discuss possible litigation regarding the commission’s decision to count military personel as part of the voting population.
Kymberly Pine and George Fontaine will hold an informational briefing at 10 p.m. at the Capitol on cybercrime.
The purpose of the briefing, according to a press release, will be to discuss “the scope of Internet crime, its growing sophistication, and ways that existing state statutes should be strengthened.” Experts in the area have been invited to speak.
Earlier this year, Pine’s website and email were temporarily taken out of her control, and Pine has asked law enforcement to investigate the matter.