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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Governor’s Intent to Veto List

Interested in which bills are on the Governor’s Intent to Veto List?

The report has helpful descriptions of the bills, links to bill status sheets, and links to the bills themselves. Interested in the Governor’s rationale for adding bills to the list? Here’s a link to his press release:

Need help? Feel free to call or email PAR! (808/587-0478 or


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If There’s a Bill You’d Like to See Vetoed…

You’ve got just a few days left to ask that it gets on the Governor’s “Intent to Veto” list, which is due to the Legislature on Monday, June 26th.

How to share your thoughts with the Governor?

Click on this link:

You can add your comments to the form, or attach your letter to it. Either way, it’s your opportunity to let the Governor know your views.

Note: Any item on the “Intent to Veto” list may or may not be vetoed… we may not know for sure until the Governor’s deadline to sign or veto bills on July 11th. See the final box on our deadlines handout for more information:



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