Some state resolutions miss the markUPDATED 11:11 AM HST Feb 13, 2014Video Transcript
bills... But at times it's the resolutions that draw the most controversy, or even a good chuckle. KITV4's Andrew Pereira takes a look at the process... It's our top story tonight at 10-30. It's the people's building, where ideas become the law of the land. But when those ideas take the form of a resolution, a good many of them might seem a little peculiar. SEN. SAM SLOM: "WELL, I GUESS MY NUMBER ONE OF ALL TIME WAS THE ALOHA SADDAM RESOLUTION. IF WE JUST SAT DOWN AND GAVE THEM SOME OF OUR ALOHA, EVERYTHING WOULD BE OK. I THINK THE INVASION TOOK PLACE TWO WEEKS LATER." This year lawmakers in the House and Senate have tackled a bevy of subject matter. There's a request to provide locally grown produce to salad bars at all public schools, the potential benefits of teledentistry, and studying the effects of a mobile slaughterhouse. Two resolutions deferred Wednesday dealt with the civil war in Azerbaijan... ethnic Armenians like Ani Martirosian Menon were outraged. ANI MARTIROSIAN MENON: "IT'S ALWAYS A HEAD- SCRATCHER, I NEVER REALLY UNDERSTAND QUITE WHERE THESE RESOLUTIONS ARE FOUNDED." ANDREW PEREIRA: "SO FAR THIS SESSION THERE ARE 20 PAGES OF RESOLUTIONS IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE. HOWEVER ALL RESOLUTIONS ARE NOT CRAFTED ALIKE, AND SOME ARE MORE WORTHWHILE THAN OTHERS." REP. JOHN MIZUNO: "KEEP IN MIND THE JOHN BURNS SCHOOL OF MEDICINE CAME OUT THROUGH A RESOLUTION; THAT STARTED THE BILL." Last year the House introduced 460 resolutions... the Senate 356. Of the 816 resos, 271 were passed. None carry the weight of an actual law. SEN. SAM SLOM: "THE GOOD NEWS IS THEY'RE RESOLUTIONS AND NOT LAWS, THAT'S ONE THING WE COULD SAY." Vice Speaker John Mizuno says members of the House are counseled at times on whether a resolution should be introduced. But for the most part, Mizuno says the legislature is a marketplace of ideas. REP. JOHN MIZUNO: "IT'S WITH GOOD INTENTIONS, THE INTENTIONS ARE PURE FROM OUR MEMBERS AND SO I'M FINE WITH THE PROCESS." AP, KITV4 news. A sure way to tell if a resolution is controversial is to check how many committees it's referred to. If it's more than one... there's controversy. At times, Senators and Representatives introduce resolutions on behalf of constituents.