Now it’s on to the Governor…

Another legislative session has ended! Next year a new Legislature (30th Legislature) will convene a new biennial legislative session (2019-2020) on January 16, 2019.

For those interested in the Governor’s deadlines to take action on bills passed by the Legislature, here is the breakdown:

1) If the Governor signs the bill by July 10, 2018 (the 45th day after adjournment sine die), the bill becomes law and is given an Act number. 
2) If the Governor neither signs nor vetoes the bill by July 10, 2018 (the 45th day after adjournment sine die), the bill becomes law without the Governor’s signature and is given an Act number.
3) If the Governor intends to veto the bill, the Governor must inform the Legislature by June 25, 2018 (the 35th day after adjournment sine die) and deliver the veto by July 10, 2018. If the bill is vetoed, it will not become law unless the Legislature successfully overrides the veto in special session by a 2/3 vote in each chamber. The Legislature must convene in special session at or before noon on July 10, 2018 to override the Governor’s veto.

Note: The date that a bill goes into effect as law can be found in its last section.

To see a list of all bills passed by the Legislature this session, please visit the following link:
https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/advreports/advreport.aspx?year=2018&report=deadline&rpt_type=passLeg_bills&measuretype=HB,SB&title=Bills%20that%20Passed%20Legislature%20(Report%20complete%20after%20all%20bills%20are%20sent%20to%20the%20Governor)

To view the latest legislative statistics, see the following:
http://lrbhawaii.org/reports/legrpts/lrb/2018/legstats18.pdf

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