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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2019 Grant-In-Aid applications are available

2019 Grant-In-Aid applications for Fiscal Year 2020 (July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020) are now available on the Legislature’s website: You can find the link to the 2019 GIA applications, instructions and FAQ’s in the “Recent Updates” box near the top of the website’s homepage.

Applications may be submitted effective immediately. The deadline for receipt of applications is January 18, 2019, at 4:30 pm.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like… Session!

The 2019 Regular Session starts up on Wednesday, January 16th. Check out the newly published 2019 Session Calendar on PAR’s “Information Sheets” page.

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Our Oahu outreach tour starts this afternoon in Kaneohe

With the new legislative session right around the corner it’s an ideal time to learn the basics about the law-making process in our state and how to be a prepared advocate. Our Oahu outreach tour starts at 5:30 p.m. this afternoon at Windward Community College, Hale Kuhina 106.  Our tour continues as we visit the Hawaii Kai Library tomorrow. First presentation begins at 5:30 p.m. Get informed, get involved!

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