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The Hawaii State Legislature consists of two houses: the Senate and House of Representatives. The Senate has 25 elected members and the House has 51. Senators serve four-year terms while representatives serve two-year terms. Currently, the Democratic Party controls the majority in the Senate and House.

Under the current state constitution, Hawaii’s government is organized into three branches: Executive, Judicial and Legislative.

The Legislature meets on the third Wednesday in January and convenes for 60 work days that excluding the weekends, holidays, and recess days, according to Article III, Section 10 of the Hawaii State Constitution.

The responsibilities of the Legislature include appointing the state auditor, whose office was established to evaluate the performance of state agencies, departments and offices to ensure accountability. The auditor reports its findings and recommendations to the governor and the Legislature, which often directs the office to make investigations.

Hawaii Legislature
House Harassment Policy Puts Speaker In Charge Of All Complaints Cory Lum/Civil Beat

House Harassment Policy Puts Speaker In Charge Of All Complaints

The internal process for resolving sexual harassment complaints in the House doesn’t anticipate what happens if the speaker is the one being accused.

Hawaii Medical Aid In Dying Bill Passes Key Senate Panel Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Medical Aid In Dying Bill Passes Key Senate Panel

Sen. Roz Baker shepherded the measure through her health committee with comparatively little fanfare.

New Revenue Forecast Means $50 Million More For State Budget Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

New Revenue Forecast Means $50 Million More For State Budget

The Council on Revenues projects 5.3 percent general fund growth for the current fiscal year and 4.5 percent next year.

Hawaii Senate Wants To Restrict State Government’s Hiring Power Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Senate Wants To Restrict State Government’s Hiring Power

Department heads have lined up in opposition to a bill that would end their ability to fill hundreds of temporary positions.

Lawmakers Ignore Tourism Industry, Pass New Taxes Targeting Visitors Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Ignore Tourism Industry, Pass New Taxes Targeting Visitors

Tourism officials aren’t happy with measures that could raise millions from taxes on timeshares and higher resort fees.

 

House Shaves $35 Million From Governor’s Budget Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

House Shaves $35 Million From Governor’s Budget

The Finance Committee’s cuts create a balanced budget over six years, but the spending plans could still change.

Tighter Gun Restrictions Among Hundreds Of Bills Moving Ahead Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tighter Gun Restrictions Among Hundreds Of Bills Moving Ahead

As a deadline fast approaches, scores of measures were sent from one chamber to the other Tuesday at the Capitol.

Hawaii House Passes Medical Aid In Dying Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii House Passes Medical Aid In Dying Bill

UPDATED: Emotions run high as legislators debate whether the measure grants a “civil right” or sends the wrong message about suicide.

Medical Aid In Dying Bill Takes Major Step Forward In Hawaii Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Medical Aid In Dying Bill Takes Major Step Forward In Hawaii Legislature

UPDATED: The measure cleared a joint committee after additional safeguards were added. It now heads to a vote of the full House.

Medical Aid In Dying Bill Generates An Emotional 5-Hour Hearing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Medical Aid In Dying Bill Generates An Emotional 5-Hour Hearing

House lawmakers deferred a vote on the measure until Wednesday.

Why Would Anyone Want To Be Lieutenant Governor? KITV

Why Would Anyone Want To Be Lieutenant Governor?

The office comes with little power and few responsibilities. But it positions politicians for a leap to higher office — and to raise a lot of campaign cash.

Hawaii House Set To Hear Medical Aid In Dying Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii House Set To Hear Medical Aid In Dying Bill

Lawmakers supporting the measure say people deserve the right to choose how they end their lives in terminal cases.