December 16, 2009
The Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009 (H.R. 2314)
December 16, 2009 Full Committee Markup
Reporting H.R. 2314 out of Committee (View Roll Call Vote)
The Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009, also known as the Akaka bill, would create a separate governing entity for Native Hawaiians. Following strong opposition from Hawaii’s Governor and Attorney General, the Democrat Majority abandoned their efforts to adopt the proposed revisions but still passed the original bill out of Committee. Republicans continue to have fundamental constitutional concerns with this bill.
A motion to postpone consideration of H.R. 2314 until February 24, 2010 made by Mr. Hastings (View Roll Call Vote)
The night before the markup, Hawaii Attorney General Mark Bennett on behalf of Governor Linda Lingle sent a letter stating “strong opposition” to the latest version of H.R. 2314, which was unveiled only after the Committee suddenly announced its intention to markup and advance the altered text. Ranking Member Hastings motion to postpone the markup would allow interested parties 60 days to thoroughly review proposed changes to the bill.
A motion to table the motion to reconsider made by Rep. George Miller (View Roll Call Vote)
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