The Governor’s deadline for taking action on bills has passed. If you’re looking for a statistical wrap up of the 2018 Regular Session, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a breakdown:
There were 2,260 bills introduced this year. 229 were passed by the Legislature. The Governor signed 212 of those bills into law, allowed 8 to become law without his signature, and vetoed 8. The remaining bill, SB 2922…
Read more… 2018 Regular Session – Statistics
It should be posted in the next few days — the Governor has until Monday, June 25th (that’s 35 days after adjournment sine die, not counting weekends or holidays) to provide the Legislature with his intent-to-veto list.
A bill ON the list won’t definitely be vetoed, but if a bill in Governor’s possession is NOT on the list, we know it will become law with or without his signature. [If…
Read more… Keep your eye out for the list of bills the Governor may veto
Today is the last day for conference committees to find agreement on any bill that did not have a Finance (FIN) or Ways and Means (WAM) referral. The deadline for negotiations to wrap up is 6:00 p.m. (Bills with money referrals have until tomorrow.) After these deadlines, the only way for bills without a conference draft to move forward is if one chamber agrees to the other chamber’s amendments or…
Read more… Wrapping things up
We’re getting ready to move into conference! It’s when the legislators negotiate to determine which, if any, version of the bill will emerge. The rules have been posted. Interested in learning more? Come join us for a conference workshop on Wednesday, 4/11/18, 12 noon in the PAR (Room 401, State Capitol). Register here.
The incredibly handy, pocket-sized “2018 Hawaii Directory of Public Officials″ booklets — which includes contact information for Hawaii’s legislators — are here.
The directories’ long-time publisher, the Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs (HIPA), has handed over publishing duties to a new sponsor, Pacific Resource Partnership (PRP). They’ve generously provided the Public Access Room with an ample supply of the directories for distribution – so come get yours.
Stop by the Public…
Read more… The Directories Have Arrived
The bills are in the hopper! Yesterday was the deadline to introduce bills, so you’re now able to review all the Senate and House bills — just click on the “Reports and Lists” button on the Legislature’s homepage and you’ll find links to the reports. Scroll down until you get to the new bills — 2018 bill numbers start with HB1602 and SB2001.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Session… The 2018 Legislative Session Calendar has been published! Find it here: https://lrbhawaii.org/par/fyi/calendar18.pdf
For help with the deadlines, be sure to take a look at our handout, “Which Deadlines Apply to Your Bill?” It should come in handy as Session unfolds.