Civil Beat: House refers SB56 to four committees

"Senate Bill 56 was passed by the state Senate on Tuesday. But supporters were dismayed to see House Speaker Scott Saiki give the measure a quadruple referral this week — meaning he assigned the bill to four House committees that must each hold hearings and vote in favor of the measure before it can pass."

"'It makes it almost impossible to pass this bill because especially during the COVID session, they’ve compressed the calendar,' said Nicole Woo, director of research and economic policy for the Hawaii Children’s Action Network.

Woo said supporters of the bill are hoping they can convince House leaders to re-refer the bill to fewer committees to give it a better shot at survival, and launched an online campaign to do so. … 

Supporters of the bill contend it would force the state’s wealthiest residents to pay a larger share of the cost of providing state services, making the state tax system more fair."

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