Special Session Tentatively Scheduled

Lawmakers are clearing their calendars for a Special Session tentatively scheduled to begin August 28th to consider additional funding for Honolulu’s rail transit project. This is subject to final confirmation and an agreement on proposed language of bill(s) to be discussed during the session. Please don’t hesitate to call or email PAR, and we’ll be happy to provide whatever information we can.

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Here’s a visual, showing the fate of this year’s bills…

These are rough numbers, but give you an idea of how things went.

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Governor’s Intent to Veto List

Interested in which bills are on the Governor’s Intent to Veto List?

The report has helpful descriptions of the bills, links to bill status sheets, and links to the bills themselves. Interested in the Governor’s rationale for adding bills to the list? Here’s a link to his press release: http://governor.hawaii.gov/newsroom/governors-office-news-release-governor-releases-intent-to-veto-list/

Need help? Feel free to call or email PAR! (808/587-0478 or par@capitol.hawaii.gov)


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If There’s a Bill You’d Like to See Vetoed…

You’ve got just a few days left to ask that it gets on the Governor’s “Intent to Veto” list, which is due to the Legislature on Monday, June 26th.

How to share your thoughts with the Governor?

Click on this link: https://governor.hawaii.gov/contact-us/comments-on-legislation/

You can add your comments to the form, or attach your letter to it. Either way, it’s your opportunity to let the Governor know your views.

Note: Any item on the “Intent to Veto” list may or may not be vetoed… we may not know for sure until the Governor’s deadline to sign or veto bills on July 11th. See the final box on our deadlines handout for more information: http://lrbhawaii.org/par/pub/deadlines.pdf



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Broadcasts as We Approach First Crossover

We’re almost at First Crossover — which means successful bills must pass their Third Reading vote in their originating chamber by March 9th, in order to ‘cross over’ and be considered by the other chamber.

On Tuesday, March 7th, there are several hundred bills that are scheduled to be voted on. The legislative broadcast project will be filming the activity — which starts at 9 a.m. in the House of Representatives (Olelo Channel 49 on Oahu, and live to the other islands) and 10 a.m. in the Senate (Olelo Channel 55 on Oahu, and tape delayed to the other islands). You can watch the proceedings online at olelo.org.

It’s helpful to have the “Orders of the Day” (the agendas for the floor activity). You can find them by using the “Order of the Day” search box on the left side of the Legislature’s homepage (capitol.hawaii.gov), or click here.

  • They’re usually not posted until an hour or so before things get rolling.
  • You’ll want to select the .pdf versions so you can follow along as the Senate President or House Speaker announces which page number they’re on.
  • The order in which bills are considered is usually determined by their committee report numbers rather than bill numbers.

(Want to find out now which bills will be coming up for a vote on March 7th? Check out the “Pending Actions” bar on the “Reports and Lists” page. You’ll find links to “Measures Pending Third Reading in the Senate” and “Measures Pending Third Reading in the House.”)

After successfully passing the Third Reading vote, bills will be transmitted to the other chamber, where they will pass First Reading and get referred to committees. As always, contact PAR if you have questions about the process or deadlines.

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Handy Directories are Here!

2017-hipa-bookletThe incredibly handy, pocket-sized “Hawaii Directory of Public Officials″ (which lists contact information for Hawaii’s legislators) is here.  And once again its publisher, the Hawaii Institute of Public Affairs (HIPA), has generously provided the Public Access Room with an ample supply for distribution to our patrons.

Stop in (Room 401, State Capitol) and pick up a copy — and take a few more to distribute to your family, neighbors and colleagues.

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Gearing up for the 2017 Legislative Session

The 2017 Regular Session opens at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 18! The session calendar has been issued, and committees and chairs named — check out PAR’s Information Sheets page for convenient lists and handouts.


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