Large Volume of Third Reading Votes Makes for Long Session Day

The Second Crossover deadline for bills is Thursday, April 14th — to survive, a bill must pass its Third Reading (“vote”) on the floor of its non-originating chamber (the House floor for Senate bills, and the Senate floor for House bills).

Some bills have already passed that Third Reading vote, and are on their way to crossing back to their originating chamber. A large number of bills, though, are being scheduled to be voted on during session on Tuesday, April 12th. Sometimes the floor debates can be quite lively, as legislators offer their positions for or against certain pieces of legislation.

Both the House and Senate start things off early that day, and the sessions are broadcast on Olelo Community Media here on Oahu, and sent out to the neighbor islands’ PEG access channels. Want to watch? Here’s the info:

  • 9:00 a.m. House Floor Session (House Chambers)
    • Oahu: Olelo Channel 55
    • Transmitted Live to the Neighbor Islands
  • 10:00 a.m. Senate Floor Session (Senate Chambers)
    • Oahu: Olelo Channel 53
    • Tape delayed to the Neighbor Islands

Either broadcast can be watched on your computer by going to olelo.org and selecting the appropriate Oahu channel number.

Neighbor island viewers may consult the resources listed below for broadcast information.

  • Kauai:  Hoike Community Television (hoike.org), phone (808) 246-1556
  • Maui:  Akaku – Maui Community Television (akaku.org), phone (808) 871-5554
  • Big Island: Na Leo TV (naleo.tv), phone (808) 935-8874 or (808) 329-9617

After Second Crossover, we move into the conference committee process. Need help figuring out where things stand or understanding what comes next? Feel free to contact the Public Access Room at par@capitol.hawaii.gov or 808/587-0478.

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