Making good on her promise last week to support the amended Native Hawaiian government bill, the governor encourages the Senate to bring the measure to a floor vote. But a vote still hasn't been scheduled, and Congress is swamped with pressing business before the August recess and fall election.
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A divide between Gov. Linda Lingle and Hawaii's two U.S. Senators that threatened to derail passage of the Akaka Bill has been resolved. The newfound unity could help ensure passage of the measure that would be a significant step in recognizing a Native Hawaiian government. "Time is of the essence," Inouye says.
Hawaii Sens. Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka, in Honolulu for a congressional hearing, said they've reached agreement with Gov. Linda Lingle on amendments that would overcome her objections to the current bill.
The Akaka Bill is potentially the most important piece of legislation affecting Hawaii since statehood. It's also complex. Our new topic page by Hawaii beat reporter Chad Blair is a primer on the Native Hawaiian recognition legislation, its history and how its passage by Congress might affect the state. Members will be able to follow the progress of the bill on the new topic page.
With Democrats expected to lose 5-7 seats in the Senate in November, this may be the last good shot for many years at passage of the controversial Native Hawaiian governance measure. But no date for a vote has been set and lawmakers will take many breaks before the election.