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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Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of our State Capitol!

Come and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of our State Capitol building at two public events scheduled for this week!




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First Lateral Deadline is quickly approaching

Tomorrow is the First Lateral Deadline, which means that all bills with multiple referrals must move to their final Committee in their originating Chamber by the end of the day tomorrow. In order to make this deadline, bills need to move out of their next to last Committees by today, with the accompanying Committee reports and any amended drafts filed with Chiefs Clerk’s Office by the filing deadlines they’ve set for today. You can see all the bills that have made this deadline by clicking on the first link under the First Lateral banner on the Reports and Lists page of the Legislature’s website:

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The 2019 Hawaii Directory of Public Officials booklets have arrived

The handy little directories have arrived and are available for pickup at our office at the State Capitol (Room 401). As a reminder, we are open from 7:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. during this time of the year. Drop by and pick up your copy.

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The 2019 Legislative Session has begun!

The 2019 Session has officially begun.

The first bills of the 2019 Session have started to appear on the Legislature’s website. You can find the House and Senate bills via the following link: The bill links will be populated with new bills until all bills that have made the bill introduction cutoff (Deadline is Thursday, Jan 24) is posted.

All our Session handouts have been updated for the new Session. You can find them on the information sheets page of our website: Hardcopy handouts are also available at our office.

Those of you wanting to learn more about the legislative process or pick up advocacy tips are in luck as we’ll be offering a weekly workshop on Wednesdays at 12:00 noon in our office at the State Capitol (Room 401) throughout the rest of January and February. We have also scheduled an evening presentation for Tuesday, January 29 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in our office. Finally, we are now able to conduct remote workshops, which will be helpful for people that can’t make it down to our office (contact us for details).

The 2019 Session ends on May 2, 2019.2019 session calendar_page_1





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The 2019 Legislative Session begins on Wednesday, January 16th












The 2019 Legislative Session begins next Wednesday (Jan 16th). The House and Senate will convene Opening Day floor sessions at 10:00 a.m. in their respective chambers.  Come join us afterward at our Opening Day potluck for rich conversation and our almost-famous punch!

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