Rule 33. Form: Bills, Resolutions, and Amendments|
33.1. All bills and resolutions to be introduced shall be
submitted in the form and in the number of copies
designated by the Clerk. Short form bills may be
introduced. All bills and resolutions shall be dated
and signed by the introducer in black ink.
33.2. Every bill introduced or reported out of any
committee, which amends an existing section or
subsection of the Hawaii Revised Statutes or Session
Laws of Hawaii, shall set forth the section or
subsection in full, and the matter to be deleted
shall be enclosed in brackets and any new matter
added to the section or subsection shall be
underscored. However, a bill need not conform to
this rule if it is: (1) a Supplemental
Appropriations Bill; or (2) an amending bill the
intent and effect of which can be clearly identified
and understood without repeating the entire section
or subsection, in which case only the paragraphs,
subparagraphs, clauses, or items to be amended need
be set forth as the Speaker may allow. The Speaker
may allow additional exceptions to this rule.
33.3. No floor amendment to a bill shall be voted upon
unless a copy of such amendment shall have been
presented to the Clerk who shall prepare and
distribute copies of the amendment to each member of
the House present.
33.4. The House shall, in concurrence with the Senate,
provide for the date by which all bills to be
considered in a regular session shall be introduced.
This date shall precede the commencement of the
mandatory recess provided for by Article III, Section
10 of the Constitution of the State of Hawaii.
Rule 34. Bills: First Reading
The first reading of a bill shall be of its title only.
Rule 35. Bills: Second Reading
On second reading, a bill may be read by title only, or, on
motion, read throughout. It shall then be subject to a
motion for referral to a committee. If it is referred to
the Committee of the Whole instead of a special or standing
committee, the chair of the Committee of the Whole shall
set a day for its consideration. When a bill is reported
by a standing committee, special committee, or the
Committee of the Whole, and has passed second reading, it
shall take its place in the order of business for future
Rule 36. Bills: Third Reading
36.1. No bill shall pass third or final reading in the
House unless printed copies of the bill in the form
to be passed have been made available to the members
of the House for at least 48 hours. "Form to be
passed" means the form in which a bill is to be
either: (i) passed on third reading in the House;
(ii) concurred to by the House after amendments have
been made by the Senate; or (iii) passed by the House
after a conference committee has agreed upon it.
36.2. A bill on its third or final reading may be read by
its title only and the Speaker shall then ask the
House, "Shall this bill pass its third reading?" or
"Shall this bill pass its final reading?" as the case
may be. Such bill may be amended on its third
reading. For the final passage of any bill, the Ayes
and Noes shall be called or a vote shall be taken
pursuant to Rule 51.3 and such passage shall require
the affirmative vote of a majority of all members to
which the House is entitled. The vote upon final
reading shall be upon a motion that the bill pass
third reading, rather than upon adoption of a
committee report, so that amendments to the bill may
be offered at third reading and voted upon.
36.3. The House shall not concur with substantive
amendments made by the Senate to a House bill until
the standing committee having primary responsibility
for the subject matter contained in the bill has
granted prior concurrence to such amendments as
provided for under Rule 13.1.
Rule 37. Bills: Recall from Committee
37.1. Any bill that has been referred to a committee may be
recalled from that committee 20 days after referral,
if one-third of the members to which the House is
entitled vote in favor of the recall.
37.2. No parliamentary rule or procedure may supersede the
constitutional right of recall of a bill from
Rule 38. Bills: Certification
38.1. When the House passes a bill, the Speaker and the
Clerk shall certify it and note the day of its
passage at the bottom of the last page of the bill.
38.2. When a bill introduced in the House passes third
reading in the House, the Speaker and the Clerk shall
immediately send it to the Senate. Likewise, they
shall send to the Senate any bill which the House
receives from the Senate, amends, and passes on third
reading in the House. Likewise, they shall send to
the Senate any bill introduced in the Senate in the
first regular session of a Legislature which passes
third reading in the House in the second regular
session of the same Legislature.
Rule 39. Bills and Resolutions: Order of Consideration
39.1. The Clerk shall send bills that have passed first
reading to be printed immediately. When they have
been printed and circulated to the members of the
House, the Speaker shall refer them to the various
committees. When the committees have considered them
and reported on them, the committees shall return
them to the Clerk, and the Clerk shall place them in
the second reading file. The House shall consider
them in the order in which they appear in the second
39.2. The Clerk shall arrange bills that have passed second
reading in the order of their passage on second
reading, regardless of the date of their reference to
committee or the date of the committee report on
them. The Clerk shall place them in third reading
file in the order in which they passed second
reading, and the House shall consider them on third
reading in that same order. However, if the third
reading of a bill is set for some particular date,
that bill shall be removed from the third reading
39.3. The Clerk shall send all resolutions, except
congratulatory resolutions, to be printed. When they
have been printed and circulated among the members of
the House, they shall be placed on the calendar for
adoption, unless the House orders otherwise.
39.4. Resolutions which are not considered at the time of
introduction, if not ordered for consideration at a
stated date, shall either be considered at a stated
date or be referred to a committee.
Rule 40. Bills and Other Matters: Special Order of
40.1. The Clerk shall place all bills and other matters
which are to be considered on particular dates in a
special file, in the order of dates assigned for
their consideration, and the House shall consider
them in that order.
40.2. If the House adjourns before disposing of matters on
special order, those matters shall carry over to the
next day's business. The House shall then consider
them under "Unfinished Business" in the Order of the
Day, unless the House orders otherwise.
Rule 41. Bills: Property of the House
All bills introduced in the House shall be the property of
Rule 42. Bills: Carryover Bills
42.1. 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; provided that if such bill shall have passed
third reading in the House in an odd-numbered
session, it shall again be placed in the third
reading file and pass at least one reading in the
House in the next regular session upon its return to
the House from the Senate.
42.2. Bills which carry over from a regular session in an
odd-numbered year to the next regular session shall
retain the numbers assigned to them. The Clerk shall
keep a record of the status of all bills in
possession of the House at the end of the odd-
numbered year session and shall publish the record of
the status of all such bills prior to the convening
of the next regular session.
Rule 43. Bills: Pre-Filing
The Clerk shall accept bills to be pre-filed within seven
calendar days before the commencement of the regular
session in the even-numbered year.
Rule 43a. Bills: Corrections of Errors
When a bill has passed the House and the Senate and an
error in it is discovered prior to its having received
approval of the Governor, the bill may be returned by
Concurrent Resolution to the house last considering the
bill for proper correction.