HONOLULU (AP) - There are enough votes in the U.S. Senate to pass a bill treating Native Hawaiians like the nation's other indigenous groups by the end of the year.
That's according to the office of Hawaii Democratic Sen. Daniel Akaka and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
The legislation would still need to be squeezed into a busy Senate calendar, and it already failed to get consideration before senators left Washington for their August recess.
Akaka says there's still time to pass the legislation into law, allowing Native Hawaiians to get treatment similar to Alaska Natives and Native American tribes.
Akaka spokesman Jesse Broder Van Dyke says most Democratic and a few Republican senators would vote for the measure, giving it more than the 60 votes needed.