The Hawaii Legislature’s website, www.capitol.hawaii.gov, has been re-designed and is better than ever for folks wanting to easily and effectively participate in the State legislative process. New features include the ability to set up your own measure tracking list and a dashboard style homepage that allows you to immediately access information without having to navigate through additional pages.
Check it out now,…
Read more… Hawaii Legislature’s Website: New and Improved!
The Public Access Room’s free workshop, “We the Powerful,” comes to Maui September 12th through 15th. Learn how to help shape Hawaii’s laws! Find the schedule on the PAR workshops page.
Check out the Legislative Reference Bureau’s (LRB’s) Supplemental Information Relating to Bills Passed.
This LRB report is helpful in tracking the measures that have been sent to the Governor. It includes a subject index, a list of the HRS sections affected by bills that have passed, and even a summary of the total appropriations included in the executive budget bill.
The 2011 Regular Session is pau — adjournment sine die was on May 5, 2011. Of the 3,224 bills introduced, a total of 252 bills passed out of the Legislature and were sent on to the Governor.
The following table provides an overall number of Bills, Acts, and Vetoes (as of May 9, 2011). Updates on these statistics — which will change as bills are signed, vetoed, or allowed to…
Read more… Legislative Statistics for Regular Session of 2011
The Conference Procedures have been agreed upon, and they’re conveniently located on the Legislature’s home page. Take a look here!
While both the House and Senate rules discuss conference committees to some extent (from www.capitol.hawaii.gov, go to “House” or “Senate” then “Rules”), these “procedures” clarify specific agreements on items such as public notice, what to do if a quorum isn’t met, and deadlines for providing final drafts.
Today’s the First Crossover deadline, and it’s a great time to take a look at what’s still alive. Only about 20% of the bills introduced make it this far, and some of them have changed considerably since their initial drafts.
The folks at the Legislature’s website have created a great list of bills that have passed first crossover — it shows you the bill descriptions with links to the measures,…
Read more… Time to take another look — First Crossover!
The booklets have arrived!
The incredibly handy “Hawaii Directory of Elected Officials 2011” 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.
Come on by (Room 401, State Capitol) and pick up a copy — and take a few more to distribute to your…
Read more… They’re in!
“Are the little books here?” That’s one of the most popular questions in Room 401 these days. The short answer is: “Not yet…but soon!”
The incredibly handy “Hawaii Directory of Elected Officials” is published by the Hawaii Institute of Public Affairs (HIPA). They’ve been most generous in providing large numbers of them to the Public Access Room for distribution to our patrons.
We’ll let you know as soon as the booklets…
Read more… Are the “little books” in yet?
Wondering if you can watch a committee hearing or floor session on your television set or online? Check out the schedule of legislative broadcasts by going to the Capitol TV website : www.capitoltv.org .
They’ll list everything that’s being broadcast, its Oahu channels and whether the coverage is being broadcast live or tape-delayed to the Neighbor Islands.
If you’re on a Neighbor…
Read more… Is the hearing being broadcast?
Both the Senate and the House of Representatives are now organized, bills are being introduced and committees are scheduling hearings. The Public Access Room (PAR) is there to help you participate. A few notes, as things get underway:
The Legislature’s website (www.capitol.hawaii.gov) has enhanced its committee pages – for any particular committee, you can now view not only its members, but also the measures currently in its hands, the…
Read more… Participate in the Legislative Process