Rule 1. Organization|
(1) When the Senate convenes in the first Regular Session of
each Legislature, the member from the First Senatorial District
shall act as temporary chair, call the Senate to order, appoint
a temporary Clerk, and a Committee of three whose duty it shall
be to immediately examine the credentials of the members-elect
of the Senate. If from the report of the Committee, it shall
appear that a majority of the credentials are in order, the
temporary Clerk shall call the roll.
(2) The temporary Chair shall then appoint a Committee of
three to wait upon a justice of the Supreme Court, an
Intermediate Appellate Court Judge or a Circuit Court judge to
administer the oath of office required by the Constitution.
After the oath has been duly administered, the Senate shall
(3) When the Senate convenes in any succeeding Sessions of
the Legislature, the President or the Vice-President in the
absence of the President, shall call the Senate to order.
Rule 2. Officers and Employees
(1) The officers of the Senate shall consist of a President,
Vice-President, Clerk, Assistant Clerk, Sergeant-at-Arms, and
Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms, each of whom shall be elected by a
majority vote of the members of the Senate.
(2) The President and Vice-President shall hold their
respective offices in accordance with Title 3, Hawaii Revised
Statutes. Other officers and employees shall hold their
respective offices and positions at the pleasure of the Senate,
but a majority vote of the members of the Senate shall be
required to terminate the office held by any officer of the
(3) The Senate, by a majority vote, may authorize positions
from time to time as may be deemed necessary.
Rule 3. The President
It shall be the duty of the President:
(1) To open the meetings of the Senate by taking the Chair
and calling for the invocation.
(2) When a quorum is present, to call for the reading of the
Journal of the preceding day.
(3) To maintain order in the Senate Chamber and to require
proper decorum on the part of the members.
(4) To announce the business before the Senate in the order
prescribed by the Rules.
(5) To receive and submit all matters properly brought before
the Senate by the members, call for votes upon the same and
announce the results.
(6) To receive all communications, present them to the Senate
and refer all bills and other matters to the appropriate
(7) To appoint all committees unless otherwise determined by
(8) To authenticate by signature, all acts and doings of the
Senate which require authentication.
(9) To make known rules of order when so requested and,
subject to an appeal to the Senate, to decide all questions of
(10) To issue warrants and when so directed by the Senate, to
carry into effect its orders in the arrest of offenders, the
summoning of witnesses, or other orders of the Senate.
(11) To decide and announce the result of any vote taken.
(12) To do and perform such other duties as are required by
law or by these rules or such as may properly pertain to such
(13) To clear the Senate Chamber of all persons, except its
members and designated persons if there is a disturbance or
disorderly conduct, or on motion duly adopted.
(14) To control and have direction of the rooms, desks,
passages, stairways, corridors, and balconies, in and about the
building set apart for the use of the Senate, and all public
property of the Senate. The President shall see that all
officers of the Senate perform their respective duties, and may
assign places to visitors and reporters. The President may
admit stenographers or other reporters, wishing to take down the
debates, and assign them such places to effect their object as
shall not interfere with the convenience of the Senate.
(15) To establish final dates for action on legislation,
including, though not limited to the final date for introducing
bills, the dates for the mandatory recess pursuant to Article
III, Section 10, of the Constitution, the final date for third
reading of Senate Bills, the final date for third reading of
House 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 President
shall coordinate the date for introducing bills and may
coordinate with the Speaker of the House to establish the other
(16) To promulgate an administrative and financial manual of
guides, the purpose of which is to establish uniformity in
administrative practices and to ensure compliance with Senate
(17) To mediate and resolve differences between two or more
standing committees on the same bill.
Rule 4. The Vice-President
In the absence of the President, the Vice-President shall
exercise all the duties and powers of the President.
Rule 5. President Pro Tempore
(1) In case the President and Vice-President shall be absent
at the hour to which the Senate had adjourned, the member of the
majority party having the longest tenure in the Senate shall
preside until a President pro tempore is chosen. If two or more
members are equally qualified to preside, the eldest qualified
member shall preside.
(2) The President pro tempore shall be invested with all of
the powers and shall perform all the duties of the President.
Whenever the President pro tempore is required to sign a bill or
other instrument, the Clerk shall attach to such bill or
instrument a certificate stating that such President pro tempore
was duly elected and is authorized to so sign.
Rule 6. The Clerk
It shall be the duty of the Clerk:
(1) To have charge of all records of the Senate and be
responsible for the same. At no time shall the Clerk permit
original documents to be withdrawn from the Clerk's keeping
unless ordered by the Senate.
(2) To make a concise and complete memorandum of all
petitions, motions, resolutions, amendments and other matters
brought before the Senate. Such memoranda shall state the
nature of the matter and the name of the introducer, and the
date and day of the session on which the Senate considered the
matter. The memoranda, together with other matters ordered to
be placed therein, shall constitute the Journal, a copy of which
shall be made available for inspection to any member upon
request as soon as practicable. The Journal of each day shall
be read the following day, immediately after the invocation.
When such Journal is approved by vote of the Senate, it shall be
entered by the Clerk in a book entitled "Journal of the Senate.
Session of ." (Giving the Year).
(3) Unless otherwise directed by the Senate, to read all
bills, resolutions and other matters (if so required) to the
(4) To forward at once all letters, messages, communications
and other matters to the proper parties.
(5) To immediately deliver to the Chair of the appropriate
committee all petitions, resolutions, bills or other matters
duly referred to such committee.
(6) To see that all bills and resolutions are properly
engrossed and are correct and true as finally acted upon by the
(7) To draw on the state general fund for expenses of the
session as shall be authorized by the Senate and approved by the
leadership committee as may be appointed by the President.
(8) To pay all bills and accounts as shall be approved by the
President or the President's designees, or ordered by the
Senate, and no others.
(9) To be responsible for the acquisition and distribution of
all of the property of the Senate.
(10) To note all questions of order with the decision thereon,
collect the same, and append them to the Senate Journal at the
close of the session.
(11) To perform all other clerical duties and functions
pertaining to the Office of the Clerk and as the Senate from
time to time shall direct. The Clerk shall post the order of
business in writing in a conspicuous place each day.
Rule 7. Assistant Clerk
The Assistant Clerk shall assist the Clerk in the performance
of all duties and attend to such other duties as may be required
when so directed by the President. In the absence of the Clerk,
the Assistant Clerk shall perform all duties of the Clerk.
Rule 8. Invocation
Each day's sitting of the Senate shall open with an
Rule 9. Sergeant-at-Arms
It shall be the duty of the Sergeant-at-Arms to attend the
Senate on every day of meeting; to maintain order among those
present as spectators; to give notice to the Presiding Officer
of the attendance of any person with communications or
otherwise; to supervise the distribution of incidentals which
require distribution among the members; to supervise, subject to
the control of the President, the Senate Messengers; to attend
upon committees if so requested; to serve all orders or process
as directed by the President or Senate; to make all required
arrests of members or other persons, and to retain the same in
custody; to have the charge and responsibility for the postal
requirements of the Senate; and generally to execute all of the
requirements of the President of the Senate.
Rule 10. Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms
The Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms shall assist the Sergeant-at-
Arms in the performance of all duties and attend to such duties
as may be required when so directed by the President. In the
absence of the Sergeant-at-Arms, the Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms
shall perform all duties of the Sergeant-at-Arms.
Rule 11. Responsibility of Officers and Employees
The employees shall perform such duties as may be assigned by
the President or prescribed by the Senate.
All officers and employees of the Senate shall be directly
answerable to the President, and shall obey and perform all the
President's orders and directions, subject to revision by the
Senate. If required by the President, any officer or employee
shall give a bond for the faithful performance of duties.
An oath of office shall be administered to each officer.
Rule 12. Pay of Members, Officers and Employees
(1) Each member of the Senate, upon being elected or
appointed to office, shall receive as compensation such salary
as prescribed pursuant to Article III, Section 9, of the State
(2) The officers, except the President and Vice-President,
and the employees shall receive compensation as the Senate shall