First Lateral — 58% Survive!

Last Friday, February 15th, was the First Lateral deadline — now all bills must be in the last committee to which they’ve been referred in their originating chamber. Otherwise, barring extraordinary measures, they’re dead. (Or, more accurately, “zombified” until next year’s session.) 

You can take a look at which’ve survived — and how they’ve morphed — by going to the “Reports and Lists” page on the Legislature’s website (http://capitol.hawaii.gov). Just click on the first link under the “First Lateral” bar — you’ll view a report of all the bills that have survived the deadline.

There are 1,613 bills listed, but it’s pretty easy to scroll through or search the descriptions to make sure you’re up-to-date on what’s under discussion. Next step? To survive, all the bills have to get through their last committee in their originating chamber and be filed for third reading by March 1st, the First Decking deadline.

Call or email PAR (587-0478 or par@capitol.hawaii.gov) if you have questions or would like additional information. They’re always happy to help!

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2 Responses to First Lateral — 58% Survive!

  1. Dan Chun says:

    Why are these important deadlines not even listed on the 2013 legislative timetable graphic on this website? Major omission. I can’t find info on the lateral deadline after the first crossover.

    • The lateral deadlines are considered internal deadlines for each chamber, so are not included on the official Legislative Calendar agreed upon by the Senate President and House Speaker. Realizing how helpful it is to know the lateral deadlines, they are included on the Public Access Room’s 2013 Session Calendar, available on the PAR website (http://hawaii.gov/lrb/par). The second lateral deadline (the date by which bills must be in the last committee they’ve been referred to by the non-originating chamber) is March 22nd. The 2013 Session Calendar includes a helpful guide to the deadlines to help make sense of things.

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