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:

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 ( 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:

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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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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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