RULES OF THE HOUSE
STATE OF HAWAII
THE NINETEENTH STATE LEGISLATURE
(1997-1998)



PART IV. SESSIONS; ATTENDANCE
Rule 20. Meetings

20.1. After the opening day of the Legislature, the House
shall meet for the transaction of public business
every day except Saturday, Sunday, any legal holiday,
and any day in recess, and such other day as the
House shall designate.

20.2. The House shall determine from time to time the
normal hour of its meetings.

20.3. Each regular session shall be recessed for not less
than five days at some period between the twentieth
and fortieth days of the regular session. The House
shall, by concurrent resolution, determine the dates
of the mandatory recess. Any session may be recessed
when a majority of the members to which each house is
entitled adopt a concurrent resolution for that
purpose. When directed by a resolution adopted by
the House, the Speaker shall consult with the
President of the Senate to agree upon the time of a
recess or recesses.


Rule 21. Quorum

21.1. A majority of the members to which the House is
entitled constitutes a quorum, of which a majority
vote shall suffice for the conduct of ordinary
business unless otherwise provided in these rules,
but the final passage of a bill shall require the
vote of a majority of all members to which the House
is entitled.

21.2. A majority of less than a quorum may adjourn from day
to day and compel the attendance of absent members.

21.3. If a quorum is not present at the designated time of
meeting, the Speaker may declare the House adjourned.

21.4. The Speaker shall count the number of members present
to determine whether there is a quorum.


Rule 22. Attendance

22.1. No member shall be absent from the service of the
House, unless the member is sick and is unable to
attend or is excused by the Speaker.


Rule 23. Adjournments

23.1. Meetings of the House may be adjourned at any time by
vote. Every adjournment shall be until the normal
hour of meeting on the next business day, unless the
motion for adjournment specifies otherwise.

23.2. A motion to adjourn is always in order and shall be
decided without debate. However, one motion to
adjourn shall not follow another without intervening
business.

23.3. A motion to adjourn sine die or to adjourn to a
specified time may be debated. No member shall speak
more than once on such a motion.


Rule 24. Extension of Session

24.1. Two-thirds of the members to which the House is
entitled, two-thirds of the Senate concurring, may
petition the Speaker of the House and the President
of the Senate to extend any session of the
Legislature. The petition shall read:

"To the Speaker of the House of
Representatives and the President of
the Senate:

Your petitioners, members of the
House of Representatives and of the
Senate of the Legislature of
the State of Hawaii, respectfully
request an extension of days
of the session of
of the Legislature of the
State of Hawaii."

24.2. The petition shall be in writing, above the
signatures of the members.

24.3. When the Speaker of the House of Representatives
receives such a petition, and it is properly signed
by two-thirds of the members to which each house is
entitled, the Speaker and the President of the Senate
shall jointly issue a proclamation extending the
session for the number of days sought in the
petition.


Rule 25. Special Sessions

25.1. Two-thirds of the members to which the House is
entitled, two-thirds of the Senate concurring, may
petition the Speaker of the House and the President
of the Senate to call a special session of the
Legislature. The petition shall read:

"To the Speaker of the House of
Representatives and the President of
the Senate:

Your petitioners, members of the
House of Representatives and of the
Senate of the Legislature of
the State of Hawaii, respectfully
request that a special session of the
Legislature of the State of Hawaii be
convened at ."

25.2. The petition shall be in writing, above the
signatures of the members.

25.3. When the Speaker of the House receives such a
petition, and it is properly signed by two-thirds of
the members to which each house is entitled, the
Speaker and the President of the Senate shall jointly
issue a proclamation convening the Legislature in
special session at the time and place sought in the
petition.


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