The First Lateral deadline for bills (February 19th) has come and gone — bills are still alive if they’ve managed to get into the last committee they were referred to in their originating chamber. The Legislature’s website has a convenient list of the bills that have survived First Lateral.
To navigate to the list:
- Go to the Legislature’s website (capitol.hawaii.gov).
- Click on the “Reports and Lists” button that appears in center screen.
- Under the “Deadline Tracking” heading, scroll down to the “First Lateral” section and choose the link to “All Bills with No Lateral Referrals or Bills with a Lateral Referral that Passed the First Lateral Deadline.” (If you prefer, you can choose the links for just surviving Senate bills or just surviving House bills.)
What’s next? For bills to survive, they need to make it out of their last committee and be scheduled for 3rd reading by the First Decking deadline on March 4th. That 3rd reading has to take place in time to make the First Crossover deadline on March 10th. Then surviving bills will cross to the other chamber, and away we go with those committee referrals.
Need help understanding the process? Contact the Public Access Room at 587-0478 or [email protected]