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28th Hawaii State Legislature opens with fanfare, focus on issues
28th Hawaii State Legislature opens with fanfare, focus on issues
Published: 2015/01/22
Channel: KHON2 News
Upcoming Issues at the 2017 Hawaii State Legislature with Bob Toyofuku
Upcoming Issues at the 2017 Hawaii State Legislature with Bob Toyofuku
Published: 2017/01/11
Channel: ThinkTech Hawaii
Hawaii Legislature to revisit state
Hawaii Legislature to revisit state's stance on gay marriage
Published: 2013/06/28
Channel: KITV
Hawaii State Legislature opening day 2015
Hawaii State Legislature opening day 2015
Published: 2015/01/22
Channel: Occupy Hawaii
Hawaii Legislature Opening Day 2016
Hawaii Legislature Opening Day 2016
Published: 2016/01/21
Channel: Honolulu Civil Beat
State Legislatures and ALEC: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
State Legislatures and ALEC: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
Published: 2014/11/03
Channel: LastWeekTonight
hawaii basicincome interview to Chris Lee Hawaii State Legislature
hawaii basicincome interview to Chris Lee Hawaii State Legislature
Published: 2017/07/18
Channel: RENA MASUYAMA
Imai Winchester - People
Imai Winchester - People's Hale - Opening Day 2016 Hawaii State Legislature
Published: 2016/01/23
Channel: Hawaii SEED
Hawaii
Hawaii's Only Republican: State Senator Sam Slom
Published: 2013/03/26
Channel: ReasonTV
Hawaii State Legislature Opening Day
Hawaii State Legislature Opening Day
Published: 2007/01/18
Channel: Ryan Ozawa
Hanohano Naehu - People
Hanohano Naehu - People's Hale - Opening Day 2016 Hawaii State Legislature
Published: 2016/01/23
Channel: Hawaii SEED
2014 Hawaii State Legislature Opening Celebration
2014 Hawaii State Legislature Opening Celebration
Published: 2014/01/16
Channel: Michael Jeong
Hawaii lawmakers on the final day of the legislature
Hawaii lawmakers on the final day of the legislature
Published: 2012/05/04
Channel: Honolulu Civil Beat
Anti-Vaxx crew at the Hawaii State Legislature
Anti-Vaxx crew at the Hawaii State Legislature
Published: 2017/01/19
Channel: Bronson Kaahui
Tiare Lawrence - People
Tiare Lawrence - People's Hale - Opening Day 2016 Hawaii State Legislature
Published: 2016/01/23
Channel: Hawaii SEED
The controversial Hanohano speaks Hawaiian only on the house floor
The controversial Hanohano speaks Hawaiian only on the house floor
Published: 2014/03/06
Channel: KITV
Paradise Patriots Discuss #epicfail 2017 Spring Session of Hawaii State Legislature
Paradise Patriots Discuss #epicfail 2017 Spring Session of Hawaii State Legislature
Published: 2017/05/15
Channel: The Paradise Patriots
Hawaii state song (anthem)
Hawaii state song (anthem)
Published: 2016/03/28
Channel: Yo Tube
Hawaii State Legislature
Hawaii State Legislature
Published: 2009/06/14
Channel: SJKCC
Walter Ritte - People
Walter Ritte - People's Hale - Opening Day 2016 Hawaii State Legislature
Published: 2016/01/23
Channel: Hawaii SEED
University of Hawaii Day 2012 with State Legislature
University of Hawaii Day 2012 with State Legislature
Published: 2012/03/15
Channel: Honolulu News
Alika Atay - People
Alika Atay - People's Hale - Opening Day 2016 Hawaii State Legislature
Published: 2016/01/23
Channel: Hawaii SEED
Is Hawaii Really a Blue State?
Is Hawaii Really a Blue State?
Published: 2016/12/14
Channel: ThinkTech Hawaii
HAWAII STATE LEGISLATURE SB19 HB134 HONOLULU RAIL BROKEN TREATY BILLS 2015
HAWAII STATE LEGISLATURE SB19 HB134 HONOLULU RAIL BROKEN TREATY BILLS 2015
Published: 2015/03/07
Channel: Tom Berg
Testimony for SB-1 in the Hawaii State Legislature Special Session
Testimony for SB-1 in the Hawaii State Legislature Special Session
Published: 2013/11/02
Channel: Genevieve Coursey
Activists Assaulted At Hawaii State Capitol (4/29/2010)
Activists Assaulted At Hawaii State Capitol (4/29/2010)
Published: 2010/11/29
Channel: Mitch Kahle
Joe Biden SAY What... Gun Control & Hawaii State Legislative Updates
Joe Biden SAY What... Gun Control & Hawaii State Legislative Updates
Published: 2013/01/25
Channel: ArmsInc
Last Day at the Hawaii Legislature
Last Day at the Hawaii Legislature
Published: 2012/05/03
Channel: TethysRana
Talking GMOs opening day of the Hawaii State Legislature
Talking GMOs opening day of the Hawaii State Legislature
Published: 2015/06/10
Channel: Bronson Kaahui
Hawaii State Sen. Baker & Rep. McKelvey Pre-legislative Session Townhall V1
Hawaii State Sen. Baker & Rep. McKelvey Pre-legislative Session Townhall V1
Published: 2015/01/14
Channel: Terez Amato, Candidate HI State Senate–District 6 (South & West Maui)
Hawaii State Capitol - Same-Sex Marriage Special Session (SB1)
Hawaii State Capitol - Same-Sex Marriage Special Session (SB1)
Published: 2013/11/07
Channel: Ryan Ozawa
Act 221 Supporters, Opening Day Hawaii State Legislature, 2009
Act 221 Supporters, Opening Day Hawaii State Legislature, 2009
Published: 2009/01/22
Channel: hastingsandpleadwell
University of Hawaii Day 2012 with Hawaii State Legislature, 5 of 5
University of Hawaii Day 2012 with Hawaii State Legislature, 5 of 5
Published: 2012/03/14
Channel: Honolulu News
Add Your Voice to Legislative Process - Public Access Opportunities - Hawaii State Legislature
Add Your Voice to Legislative Process - Public Access Opportunities - Hawaii State Legislature
Published: 2016/10/12
Channel: ThinkTech Hawaii
Hawaii State Senate Session
Hawaii State Senate Session
Published: 2013/04/05
Channel: Honolulu News
Tour of the Hawaii State Legislature
Tour of the Hawaii State Legislature's website
Published: 2008/12/13
Channel: SJKCC
Dale Kobayashi is running for the Hawaii State Legislature
Dale Kobayashi is running for the Hawaii State Legislature
Published: 2016/06/14
Channel: ThinkTech Hawaii
Gary Hooser - People
Gary Hooser - People's Hale - Opening Day 2016 Hawaii State Legislature
Published: 2016/01/23
Channel: Hawaii SEED
Reading and understanding the Hawaii State Legislature Status Sheets
Reading and understanding the Hawaii State Legislature Status Sheets
Published: 2012/02/09
Channel: SJKCC
Legislature and GOP Updates with Hawaii State Representatives: Andria Tupola and Gene Ward
Legislature and GOP Updates with Hawaii State Representatives: Andria Tupola and Gene Ward
Published: 2017/03/31
Channel: ThinkTech Hawaii
Hawaii Revised Statutes
Hawaii Revised Statutes
Published: 2015/01/21
Channel: TheCom691
Act 221, $1.4 billion, Rep. Lynn Finnegan, Opening Day Hawaii State Legislature, 2009
Act 221, $1.4 billion, Rep. Lynn Finnegan, Opening Day Hawaii State Legislature, 2009
Published: 2009/01/22
Channel: hastingsandpleadwell
HIRA
HIRA's Tito Montes Testifies at Hawaii State Capitol Against Same-Sex Marriage
Published: 2013/11/13
Channel: Hawaii Republican Assembly
Hawaii marriage equality bill passes state legislature; 11-12-13
Hawaii marriage equality bill passes state legislature; 11-12-13
Published: 2013/11/13
Channel: Tad Tamura
Barack Obama, Rep. Lynn Finnegan, Opening Day Hawaii State Legislature, 2009
Barack Obama, Rep. Lynn Finnegan, Opening Day Hawaii State Legislature, 2009
Published: 2009/01/22
Channel: hastingsandpleadwell
Act 221, Rep. Lynn Finnegan, Opening Day at the Hawaii State Legislature, 2009
Act 221, Rep. Lynn Finnegan, Opening Day at the Hawaii State Legislature, 2009
Published: 2009/01/22
Channel: hastingsandpleadwell
Let the Sunshine at the Hawaii State Capitol
Let the Sunshine at the Hawaii State Capitol
Published: 2010/03/12
Channel: TheOpenGovernment
2017 04 04 HD West Hawaii Forum 2017 Hawaii Legislative Outlook
2017 04 04 HD West Hawaii Forum 2017 Hawaii Legislative Outlook
Published: 2017/04/06
Channel: Community Enterprises
Remembering Hawaii State Senator Gil Kahele
Remembering Hawaii State Senator Gil Kahele
Published: 2016/02/03
Channel: Brian Schatz
PBS Hawaii - What Should the 2014 Legislature Do for Hawaii?
PBS Hawaii - What Should the 2014 Legislature Do for Hawaii?
Published: 2014/01/10
Channel: PBSHawaiiorg
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Hawaii State Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Houses Senate
House
Leadership
Ron Kouchi, (D)
Since December 28, 2012
Scott Saiki, (D)
Since May 4, 2017
Structure
Seats 76 total
25 senators
51 representatives
Hawaii Senate diagram 2016.svg
Political groups
Hawaii state legislature diagram house.svg
Political groups
Elections
Last election
November 8, 2016
Next election
November 6, 2018
Meeting place
Hawaii state capitol from the south-east.jpg
Hawaii State Capitol
Honolulu, Hawaii
Website
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/

The Hawaii State Legislature is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Hawaii. The state legislature is a bicameral body consisting of a lower house, the Hawaii State House of Representatives, with 51 representatives, and an upper house, the 25-member Hawaii State Senate. There are a total of 76 representatives in the legislature, each representing single member districts across the islands. The powers of the legislature are granted under Article III of the Constitution of Hawaii. The legislature convenes at the Hawaii State Capitol building in the state capital of Honolulu, on the island of Oahu.

History[edit]

The legislature is a descendant of the two houses of the parliament for the Kingdom of Hawaii, the Legislature of the Hawaiian Kingdom, created in the 1840 Constitution of the Kingdom and continued in the subsequent 1852 Constitution as the Legislature of the Hawaiian Islands, consisting of the House of Representatives (Hawaiian Kingdom) and the House of Nobles. Following the overthrow and fall of the Kingdom in 1894 by American residents, this Legislature became the legislative body of the briefly established Republic of Hawaii, and shortly afterwards under the newly organized Territory of Hawaii following the annexation by the United States in 1898. The current Hawaii State Legislature was created following the passage of the Hawaii Admission Act by the United States Congress in 1959 when the Territory of Hawaii was admitted to the Union as the 50th State.

Members and terms[edit]

The 51 members of the House are elected to two-year terms without term limits. The 25 members of the Senate are elected to four-year terms, also without term limits. Like many other state legislatures in the United States, the Hawaii State Legislature is a part-time body and legislators often have active careers outside of government.

Officers[edit]

Members of both houses vote to select presiding officers from within their ranks, such as the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate. These positions are customarily held by members of the majority party in each chamber. The Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii, who also serves as Hawaii's equivalent of a Secretary of State, is entirely removed from the legislative process.

Sessions[edit]

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Each session of the state legislature lasts for two years, starting in each odd year. Article III, Section 10 of the Hawaii Constitution states that the legislature must convene annually in regular session at 10:00 o'clock a.m. on the third Wednesday in January. Regular sessions are limited to a period of 60 working days, which exclude Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and designated recess days.

The practical effect of having a two-year session is that any bill introduced in the first (odd-numbered) year which does not pass may be considered in the second year at the point in the process where its progress stopped. At the end of the biennium, however, all bills that did not pass the legislature die and to be considered must be reintroduced anew in the following session.

Qualifications for office[edit]

Article III, Section 7 of the Hawaii Constitution state that members of the Hawaii Senate must have been a resident of Hawaii for more than three years, have attained the age of majority and must, prior to filing nomination papers and thereafter continue to be, a qualified voter of the senate district from which the person seeks to be elected. An exception to this rule is that in the year of the first general election following district changes, but prior to the primary election, an incumbent senator may move to a new district without being disqualified from completing the remainder of the incumbent senator's term. Members of the Hawaii House of Representatives must also have been residents of Hawaii for more than three years, must have attained the age of majority, and live in their respective house districts.

Veto powers[edit]

In order to override vetoes by the Governor of Hawaii, both houses of the legislature must vote by a two-thirds majority to overrule the governor. Bills presented to the governor more than ten days before the end of that year's session must be signed into law or vetoed within ten days. Bills presented within the final ten days of the session have 45 calendar days to be signed or vetoed, provided the governor gives notice of what bills may be vetoed by the 35th day. The Legislature has the option of calling a special session on the forty-fifth day to vote to override any of the vetoed bills. All bills that are not vetoed or signed become law automatically without the governor's signature. (This system stands in contrast to the pocket veto power held by the president at the federal level.)

The governor also has extensive line-item veto power: bills that appropriate money can have their appropriations reduced or removed entirely by the governor before signing the bill (except where they appropriate money for the judicial or legislative branches). The state legislature does not have the power to override such a veto.[1]

Capitol[edit]

The Hawaii State Legislature moved to the Hawaii State Capitol in the Capital District near downtown Honolulu on March 15, 1969. The legislature moved temporarily to adjacent Capital District facilities when the Capitol was closed for four years in the 1990s for asbestos removal. The legislature moved back to the Capitol for the 1996 session. Prior to Governor John A. Burns's decision to build the new Capitol building, the Hawaii State Legislature met at ʻIolani Palace.

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