If there are any worries that the state Senate’s only Republican is out of action, worry no more.

Sam Slom was his usual self Tuesday, voting “no” on countless bills sponsored by his Democratic Party colleagues.

Slom was hospitalized Friday after appearing ill at ease at the Capitol. But he promised a swift recovery, and then delivered.

The senator voted “no” so many times Tuesday that he probably should not have even bothered to sit down at his desk.

Senate Transportation Committee member Senator Sam Slom gestures during hearing.  19 march 2015. photograph Cory Lum/Civil Beat
Republican Sen. Sam Slom at a hearing, doing his thing. Cory Lum/Civil Beat

In one streak during the third hour of Tuesday’s floor session, he objected to flu vaccines for health care workers, money for mental health workers at the University of Hawaii Manoa, disclosure of tax return information to government officials under specified situations, a tiered scale for biennial renewal fees for professional employer organizations, funds to help dislocated workers from the defunct Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company on Maui and a Department of Transportation study for an interisland ferry system.

As the Senate concluded its business, Slom rose once again, this time on point of personal privilege.

He thanked his colleagues who, in spite of political differences, still offered their support to him during his illness. He said it showed why Hawaii is such “a special place.”

He also joked that, in the event of his death, he hoped Sen. Russell Ruderman would deliver the eulogy so that everyone could get some “sound sleep.”

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