Capitol How a Bill beacomes law in Hawaii
This chart illustrates how a bill originating in the Senate becomes law.
The Same general procedure is followed in the case of House of
Representatives bills --- the bills being acted upon first in the House
and then in the Senate.

 

1. BILL IS DRAFTED
2. INTRODUCTION
Given to Clerk; assigned number.

Any bill pending at the final adjournment of a regular session in an odd-numbered year shall carry over with the same status to the next regular session.

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3. FIRST READING
Read by title; voted; referred to printing committee.
  • Referred to standing committee; considered by committee; perhaps amended.
  • Reported by committee with recommendation to pass on second reading or referred to next committee.*
4. SECOND READING
Vote on accepting committee report and passage on second reading.
  • Referred to standing committee, considered by committee; perhaps amended.
  • Reported by committee with recommendation to pass third reading or referred to the next committee.*
  • Printed copies of the bill in the form to be passed must be made available to members for at least forty-eight hours before passage on third reading.
committee amended bill 5. THIRD READING
Bill is read throughout; debated, perhaps amended; voted.
* Bill may be reconsidered on the same or succeeding day of session. Bill may be recommitted or re-referred at any time. Bill may be recalled twenty days after having been referred to a committee by one-third vote.  
6. CERTIFICATION
Passage certified by President and Clerk
FIRST CROSSOVER
Sent to HOUSE
7. FIRST READING
Read by title; voted; referred to printing committee.
  • Referred to standing committee; considered by committee; perhaps amended.
  • Reported by committee with recommendation to pass on second reading or referred to next committee.*
8. SECOND READING
Vote on accepting committee report and passage on second reading.
  • Referred to standing committee, considered by committee; perhaps amended.
  • Reported by committee with recommendation to pass third reading or referred to the next committee.*
  • Printed copies of the bill in the form to be passed must be made available to members for at least forty-eight hours before passage on third reading.
committee amended bill 9. THIRD READING
Bill is read throughout; debated, perhaps amended; voted.
* Bill may be reconsidered on the same or succeeding day of session. Bill may be recommitted or re-referred at any time. Bill may be recalled twenty days after having been referred to a committee by one-third vote.  
10. CERTIFICATION
Passage certified by Speaker and Clerk
11. VOTE ON AMENDED BILL
Bill as amended voted on and approved. Passage certified.

Bill as amended voted on and not approved.
12. ENROLLMENT
Examined for technical errors; retyped if amended; certified by both presiding officers and clerks.
 
11a. JOINT CONFERENCE
Considered by committee; reported back to both houses. Printed copies of the bill in the form to be passed shall be made available to the members for at least forty-eight hours before passage on final reading.
conference committee report
Sent to Governor
13. GOVERNOR
  • May veto specific item or items in appropriation bills
    by striking out or reducing the amount
    but must veto other bills as awhole.**
  • For bills presented ten or more days before adjournment,
    Governor has ten days to sign, veto, or let bill become
    law after theexpiration of ten days.
  • For bills presented less than ten days before adjournment
    or after adjournment, Governor has forty-five days
    to sign, veto, or let bill become law after the expiration
    of forty-five days.
** Other than appropriations for legislative or judicial branches which must be vetoed as a whole.
13a. APPROVAL
Governor signs or allows bill to become law after the time period noted in item 13.
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13b. VETO
To veto bills presented ten or more days before adjournment, Governor must return bill with objections to the legislature within ten days.

To veto bills presented less than ten days before adjournment or after adjournment, Governor must give legislature ten days' notice, by proclamation, that the Governor plans to return such bill with any objections on the forty-fifth day.

If the legislature does not convene at or before noon on the forty-fifth day in special session to reconsider the veto, the bill shall not become law.

13c. RECONSIDERATION OF VETO
Bills or items in bills presented to the Governor ten or more days before adjournment may be reconsidered
and if approved by two-thirds of all members to which each house is entitled, it shall become law.

Bills presented to the Governor less than ten days prior to adjournment or after adjourment may be reconsidered by the legislature by convening at or before noon on the forty-fifth day in special session, without call, for the sole purpose of acting upon such vetoed bill. The legislature may:

  • Amend such bill to meet the Governor's objections, pass such bill in each house in one reading, present such bill to the Governor, and if Governor signs it, it shall become law; or
  • Approve such bill or items by two-thirds vote of all members to which each house is entitled, it shall become law.
14. PUBLICATION
In session laws and in the cumulative supplement to Revised Statutes.

Hawaii Revised Statutes, volume 1

Adapted from, How To Research Constitutional, Legislative, And Statutory History In Hawaii, Third Edition.
Richard F. Kahle, Jr. July, 2001.
Legislative Reference Bureau.