The Hawaii Senate zipped through a pile of bills ahead of a major legislative deadline looming Thursday, addressing airport contract reforms, jurisdictional issues with disputed roads and treating mentally ill patients against their will.
But the House was a different story, with members tussling Tuesday over a measure to scale back pensions for state judges.
Republicans, who have just five representatives in the 51-member House, tried to shelve the legislation, noting it received no testimony in support as it made its way through the legislative process.
They had the support of some Democrats, too.
Rep. Sharon Har, for instance, said that “it’s highly unusual” for employees of a single branch of state government to be singled out for a pension cut, rather than one that also includes the legislative and executive branches.