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:

Need help? Feel free to call or email PAR! (808/587-0478 or


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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:

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:



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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

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 (, 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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Want to know if a bill that passed the Legislature will become law?

If the Governor signs the bill early, you’re all set. If not, you may have to wait until after June 27th. On or before then, the Governor will provide the Legislature with a list of the bills he may veto. Note, bills on this list may end up not being vetoed. However, any bill that is not on the list is going to become law – either with the Governor’s signature, or on July 12th if no veto or signature occurs.

Under the “Governor’s Actions” heading on the “Reports and Lists” page of the Legislature’s website (, you can see a snapshot of all the bills the Governor is considering. Aside from finding the list of acts, you’ll find bills that are pending, bills that were signed into law, bills that became law without the governor’s signature, bills that the Governor intends to veto, bills that are actually vetoed, and veto overrides by the Legislature.

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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 and selecting the appropriate Oahu channel number.

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

  • Kauai:  Hoike Community Television (, phone (808) 246-1556
  • Maui:  Akaku – Maui Community Television (, phone (808) 871-5554
  • Big Island: Na Leo 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 or 808/587-0478.

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