Say, Oshiro Best in Hawaii House at Passing Own Bills

Katherine Poythress/Civil Beat

A Civil Beat analysis showed that committee chairs in the state Senate had the most success in passing the bills they sponsored.

So, how did things work out in the House?

It turns out that lawmakers in top House leadership positions — and not committee chairs — had greater success in getting the bills they sponsored to pass, according to Civil Beat's analysis of the more than 3,000 bills introduced in the 2011 session.

Speaker Calvin Say and Majority Leader Blake Oshiro led the pack, with seven bills each making it to the governor's desk.

Oshiro had the highest "batting average" of all representatives: His seven were out of 33 bills introduced, giving him a 21.2 percent success rate.

In terms of Say supporters versus dissident Democrats who unsuccessfully tried to elect a new speaker, Say and his bloc of 24 members had 56 of their 770 bills passed, or 7.3 percent.

Sylvia Luke and 16 other dissidents had 26 of their 465 bills passed, or 5.6 percent.

That's a far cry from what Civil Beat reported on March 18, at the halfway point of the Legislature. At that time Say supporters led dissidents in terms of bill that crossed over into the Senate, 23 percent to 14 percent.

Indeed, Majority Floor Leader Cindy Evans — a dissident — finished the session with six bills passed, immediately behind Say and Oshiro and ahead of all other representatives.

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