PAR Workshops Scheduled for Maui: Sept. 18-22

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Special Session Called; Opportunity to Testify on Rail Funding Bill

The Legislature’s webmasters have set up a special page for information on the 2017 Special Session called for Monday, August 28th. It can be found here:

This is where you’ll find links to the rail funding bill, “SB1 Relating to Transportation Financing” (link to bill) and the notice for Monday’s 11:30 a.m. WAM hearing (link to hearing notice). The hearing notice lists special email addresses for submitting your testimony. 

A number of Governor’s Messages also appear on the Special Session page — it looks like a number of advise and consent nominations will be considered.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the Public Access Room (PAR) with any questions.

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PAR Workshops scheduled for Big Island: Sept. 11-14

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13 Bills Vetoed

It’s the Governor’s veto deadline (July 11), and he has chosen to veto 13 bills, allowing two others on his intent-to-veto list to become law without his signature. Here’s a link to his press release, presenting rationale for his vetoes:

All the bills that the Governor has in his possession and has neither signed nor vetoed become law today without his signature. The dates the laws take effect are found in the last section of each of the enacted bills.

A total of 217 bills from the 2017 Regular Legislative Session became law — about 7% of the total bills introduced.

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No “Override” Special Session

Here’s the link to the Governor’s Intent to Veto list:,SB,GM&title=Governor%27s%20Intent%20to%20Veto


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Special Session Tentatively Scheduled

Lawmakers are clearing their calendars for a Special Session tentatively scheduled to begin August 28th to consider additional funding for Honolulu’s rail transit project. This is subject to final confirmation and an agreement on proposed language of bill(s) to be discussed during the session. Please don’t hesitate to call or email PAR, and we’ll be happy to provide whatever information we can.

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Here’s a visual, showing the fate of this year’s bills…

These are rough numbers, but give you an idea of how things went.

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