Rule 2. The Speaker|
It shall be the duty of the Speaker:
(1) To open the meetings of the House.
(2) To maintain order in the House chamber and to
require proper decorum on the part of the
(3) To announce the business before the House in the
order prescribed by the Rules.
(4) To receive all matters brought properly before
the House and to submit them to the House, to
call for votes on these matters, and to announce
the results of the votes.
(5) To consult with and to advise the Committees of
the House, and to assist them in their work as an
ex officio member without vote.
(6) To receive all communications from other branches
of the Government and to present them to the
(7) To assign to each member of the House a seat on
the floor of the House; until the Speaker assigns
seats to the members, they may occupy any vacant
(8) To authenticate all acts of the House by signing
(9) To make known the Rules of Order upon request,
and to decide all questions of order, subject to
appeal to the House.
(10) To issue warrants to arrest offenders upon the
order of the House, and to issue subpoena and
subpoena duces tecum requiring the attendance of
witnesses or the production of books, documents
or other evidence in any matter pending before
the House or any Committee.
(11) To perform other duties required by law or these
(12) To clear the House of all persons except its
members and officers if the House adopts a motion
to require it, or if there is a disturbance or
disorderly conduct (covered under voting).
(13) To direct Committees of the House to consider
messages from the Governor or other
communications from the executive.
(14) To appoint any member to preside over the
meetings of the House if the Vice Speaker,
Majority Leader, and Majority Floor Leader are
not available to perform such duties, but such
substitution shall not extend beyond an
(15) The Speaker shall, within four session days,
refer all bills to committees subject to an
appeal to the House. In referring bills to one
or more standing committees, the first referral
shall be to the standing committee whose area of
responsibility as described in Part III of these
Rules is most closely related to the subject
matter contained in the bill being referred. In
the case of multiple committee referrals, the
Speaker shall name the standing committee
referred to in the sentence immediately preceding
as the committee having primary responsibility
for the drafting of, and to make recommendations
for action on, the bills so referred. However,
where more than one standing committee could
qualify as the committee having primary
responsibility, preference shall be given to the
committee having jurisdiction on a statewide,
rather than a local, basis.
The chair of a standing committee affected by a
referral of a bill may appeal the referral to the
Speaker within twenty-four hours from the time
the referral sheet containing the subject
referral is made available to the members of the
House. The Speaker shall review the appeal and
shall meet with the chair and the chair(s) of the
standing committee(s) affected by the referral to
settle their differences. If the Speaker is
unable to settle the differences between and
among the chairs of the standing committees
involved within forty-eight hours after the
filing of the appeal, the Speaker shall
immediately forward the appeal to the House
Review Panel which shall make its recommendation
to the Speaker within twenty-four hours after
receipt of the appeal. If the Speaker shall
concur with the recommendation of the Review
Panel, the referral of the bill shall stand or
the bill shall be re-referred, as the case may
be, according to or consistent with the
recommendation. If the Speaker disagrees with
the recommendation of the Review Panel, the
Speaker shall submit reasons in writing in
support of the Speaker's decision to the Review
Panel and the chairs of the standing committees
involved within twenty-four hours of the receipt
of the recommendation from the Review Panel. The
Speaker's decision shall be the final disposition
of the matter.
The Review Panel shall be comprised of the
Majority Leader who shall serve as chair, the
Majority Floor Leader, and the Majority Whip.
(16) To appoint the chair and members of conference
committees pursuant to Rule 16.
(17) To establish final dates for action on
legislation. These shall include the final date
for introducing bills pursuant to Rule 33.4, the
final date for third reading of House bills, the
final date for third reading of Senate bills, the
final date for approving conference committee
agreements and drafts of bills, the final date
for final reading of the General Appropriations
Bill, and the final date for final reading of the
Supplemental Appropriations Bill. The Speaker
shall coordinate with the President of the Senate
to establish these final dates within seven days
after the opening of the legislative session.
Rule 3. The Vice Speaker
The Vice Speaker shall consult with and advise the standing
committees and assist them in their work as an ex officio member
without vote and shall perform such other duties as may be
assigned by the Speaker. In the absence of the Speaker, the
Vice Speaker shall exercise all the duties and powers of the
Rule 4. Party Leaders
4.1. The Majority and Minority Leaders and Floor Leaders,
and such Assistant Leaders and Assistant Floor
Leaders as the majority and minority parties may
choose to have, shall perform such duties as may be
assigned by their respective memberships.
4.2. If the Speaker and Vice Speaker are absent when the
House convenes after the adjournment, the Majority
Leader and, if the Majority Leader is absent, then
the Majority Floor Leader, in that order, may convene
the House and shall serve as Acting Speaker until the
Speaker or Vice Speaker returns.
Rule 5. The Clerk
5.1. The Clerk of the House of Representatives shall be
responsible for the safekeeping of all records of the
House. The Clerk shall retain possession of all
original documents, unless the Speaker orders the
Clerk to release the records to someone else.
5.2. The Clerk shall make a record each day of all matters
brought before the House. This record shall state in
a complete and concise manner, the nature of the
matters brought before the House, the names of their
introducers, and the date and day of the session on
which the House considered the matters. This daily
record and such additional matters as the Speaker may
order the Clerk to include in it shall constitute the
Journal of the House, a copy of which shall be placed
on the desk of each member on the following session
day or as soon thereafter as practicable. The House
shall approve the Journal, subject to corrections, by
vote of the House. However, the House may dispense
with the reading of the Journal by majority vote.
5.3. The Clerk shall read all bills, resolutions and other
matters aloud to the House when the House requires
5.4. The Clerk shall forward all communications and other
matters the clerk receives immediately to the parties
to whom they are addressed.
5.5. The Clerk shall deliver immediately to the chairs of
the appropriate committees all matters duly referred
to those committees.
5.6. The Clerk shall maintain for the committees of the
House a record of subjects contained in messages from
the Governor, which are referred to the committees.
5.7. The Clerk shall keep a record of all questions of
order and the decision on each of them, and the Clerk
shall append this record to the Journal at the close
of the session.
5.8. The Clerk shall perform all other duties appropriate
to the Clerk's office that the House or the law
Rule 6. Assistant Clerk
The Assistant Clerk of the House shall assist the Clerk in
all duties. In the absence of the Clerk, the Assistant
Clerk shall perform all duties of the Clerk.
Rule 7. Invocation
At the option of the presiding officer, every session shall
be opened with an invocation.
Rule 8. Sergeant-at-Arms
8.1. The Sergeant-at-Arms shall execute the orders of the
Speaker, attend every meeting of the House, maintain
order among persons who attend the sessions of the
House, and notify the presiding officer of the
presence of persons who have communications for the
House or who otherwise are of interest to the House.
If requested, the Sergeant-at-Arms shall likewise
attend upon the committees of the House. The
Sergeant-at-Arms shall serve all orders or process
directed by the Speaker or the House, make all
arrests ordered by the Speaker or the House and
restrain persons in custody. The Sergeant-at-Arms
shall be responsible for the House postal service.
The Sergeant-at-Arms shall keep the entrances and
exits of the House clear at all times, and keep from
the floor of the House all persons except members of
the House, authorized employees of the House and
guests of the House.
8.2. The Sergeant-at-Arms shall be responsible for making
purchases for the House in accordance with Title 3 of
the House Administrative and Financial Manual.
8.3. The Sergeant-at-Arms shall be custodian of all
property of the House and shall perform all duties
related to its safeguard, care, and maintenance as
provided in Title 8 of the House Administrative and
Rule 9. Assistant Sergeants-at-Arms
The Assistant Sergeants-at-Arms shall assist the Sergeant-
at-Arms in all duties. In the absence of the Sergeant-at-
Arms, the designated Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms shall
perform all duties of the Sergeant-at-Arms.
Rule 10. Officers and Employees: Responsibilities; Salaries
10.1. In addition to the responsibilities assigned by law
and these rules, all officers and employees may be
assigned responsibilities by their respective
10.2. The pay of each member shall be pursuant to section 9
of Article III of the Hawaii Constitution. Employees
of the House shall be employed and paid as authorized
in the House Administrative and Financial Manual.