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SB2113 SD1     
Report Title: Office of Elections Package; Elections; Absentee; Return Ballots
Description: Provides that the preparation of absentee ballots for counting may include opening the return envelope in which the ballot is enclosed and the validation of signatures, but shall not include opening the ballot envelope. Allows official election observers to be present during this process. Requires that, unless otherwise stated, the opening of return absentee ballot envelopes and signature validation commence the day immediately after ballots are transmitted to voters through election day. Provides that the counting of absentee ballots may begin no earlier than the fifteenth day prior to an election and establishes stages of absentee ballot counting. Prohibits persons present during the counting of absentee ballots from disclosing the results. Allows, rather than requires, observation of ballot handling by an official. Allows defective ballots to be replaced with new ballots by counting center employees without the presence of at least two official observers. Establishes a misdemeanor for any person who wilfully causes the results of any absentee ballot count to become publicly known before the polls have officially closed. (SD1)
Companion:  HB1650
Package: Elections
Current Referral: JUD, FIN
Introducer(s): KOUCHI (Introduced by request of another party)

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1/21/2016SPassed First Reading.
1/21/2016SReferred to JDL, WAM.
1/22/2016SThe committee(s) on JDL has scheduled a public hearing on 01-26-16 9:00AM in conference room 016.
1/26/2016SThe committee(s) on JDL deferred the measure until 02-16-16 9:00AM in conference room 016.
2/16/2016SThe committee(s) on JDL recommend(s) that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes in JDL were as follows: 6 Aye(s): Senator(s) Keith-Agaran, Shimabukuro, Gabbard, Kim, L. Thielen, Slom; Aye(s) with reservations: none ; 0 No(es): none; and 0 Excused: none.
2/19/2016SReported from JDL (Stand. Com. Rep. No. 2393) with recommendation of passage on Second Reading, as amended (SD 1) and referral to WAM.
2/19/2016SReport adopted; Passed Second Reading, as amended (SD 1) and referred to WAM.
2/22/2016SThe committee(s) on WAM will hold a public decision making on 02-24-16 1:00PM in conference room 211.
2/24/2016SThe committee(s) on WAM recommend(s) that the measure be PASSED, UNAMENDED. The votes in WAM were as follows: 10 Aye(s): Senator(s) Tokuda, Dela Cruz, Chun Oakland, English, Galuteria, Inouye, Riviere, Taniguchi, Wakai, Slom; Aye(s) with reservations: none ; 0 No(es): none; and 1 Excused: Senator(s) Harimoto.
3/3/2016SReported from WAM (Stand. Com. Rep. No. 2652) with recommendation of passage on Third Reading.
3/3/2016SOne Day Notice 03-04-16.
3/4/2016SDeferred until 03-08-16.
3/8/2016SReport adopted; Passed Third Reading. Ayes, 24; Aye(s) with reservations: Senator(s) Kim . Noes, 0 (none). Excused, 1 (Senator(s) Riviere). Transmitted to House.
3/8/2016HReceived from Senate (Sen. Com. No. 104) in amended form (SD 1).
3/10/2016HPass First Reading
3/10/2016HReferred to JUD, FIN, referral sheet 26

S = Senate | H = House | D = Data Systems | $ = Appropriation measure | ConAm = Constitutional Amendment

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SB2113 SD1

JDL 016 1/26/2016 9:00 AM View
JDL 016 2/16/2016 9:00 AM View
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