Legislative Process Workshops at PAR

As we gear up for session, come to PAR’s “Your Voice” workshop. We’ll be offering it here at the Capitol in room 401 on Thursday, January 9th, at 12 noon, and on Monday, January 13th, at 4:30 p.m. Let us know you’ll be coming, so we can save you a seat! It’s a great way to get started, find out what’s new, or freshen up on your bill tracking skills!

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The 2020 Session Calendar is out!

The 2020 Session calendar has been released! The 2020 Session will begin on Jan 15, and end on May 7th. If Session seems a little longer than usual, it’s because a few more recess days were added to the calendar near the end of Session.

picture of 2020 calendar

Several dates to be mindful of in the first half of Session:

January 23rd (Bill Introduction cutoff);

February 6th (Triple Referral Filing);

February 14th (First Lateral);

February 28th (First Decking); and

March 5th (First Crossover).

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PAR Coming to Hawaii Island, Maui, and Kauai

It’s that time of year again!

The Public Access Room (PAR) will be on Hawaii Island from September 9-13, Maui from Sept 16-19, and Kauai from Sept 23-25 as part of our annual outreach to the Neighbor Islands. Schedule: http://lrbhawaii.org/par/workshp.html

We’re bringing back our “Your Voice“ presentation this year. It goes over the legislative process, but also provides information on using the legislature’s website, offering testimony, tracking legislation, and communicating with legislators.

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18 Bills Vetoed — Fail to Become Law

The Governor has vetoed 18 bills — check out his statements of objection by clicking on the GM (Governor’s Message) links in this report: Vetoed Bills



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Legislature’s Website: A Few Changes

While you weren’t looking, the Legislature’s homepage (http://capitol.hawaii.gov) has gone through a few changes…
• There are 3 additional icons in the center screen – one to access hearings, another for Orders of the Day, and the last to access the broadcast schedule and archived videos.
• The “Keywords” search box is now labeled “Bills/Committee Reports” but has the same functionality as before.
• A “Session Laws” search box has been added that allows you to search all session laws dating back to 1959. You may select a particular year to refine your search or use the SLH index for that year.

The PAR’s website guide has been updated to reflect these changes. You can find it here: http://lrbhawaii.org/par/pub/sitegde19.pdf

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Today is Second Decking!

Today is the Second Decking deadline. Bills must emerge from their final Committees and be in their final forms (in their non-originating Chamber) to be considered for  Second Crossover. This “decking” ensures a mandatory 48-hour opportunity for final review by members of the House and Senate before they are asked to vote on the bill’s third reading. To meet this deadline, bills must be heard and passed out of their final committees in their non-originating chamber with their accompanying committee reports (and any amended drafts) filed with the Chief Clerk’s office by the internal deadlines set. Bills that miss this deadline will die for this year.

To see which bills are up for Third Reading in the House and Senate, click on the links below (these will update as bills are decked):



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Join us next Friday (4/5) for Art at the Capitol!

Art at the Capitol 2019 Friday, April 5th 4:30 - 7:00 p.m.

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