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State Senate introduces more than 1,000 bills


This year, the Hawaii State Legislature introduced 2,872 bills. The Hawaii State Senate introduced 1, 388 bills on this first year of the 27th Legislative biennium. In the 2012 Session, Senators introduced 1,072 bills.

The deadline for bill introductions was Jan. 24. The measures were sent to their respective committees for consideration. The measures that are passed out of the committee(s) are sent to the Senate floor to be voted on by the entire Senate body.

The First Crossover deadline is Thursday, March 7, 2013. This is the last day for a final vote on a bill to occur in its originating chamber before it is passed on to the other chamber for further consideration.

During First Crossover, all Senate bills that pass Third Reading must crossover to the House and all House bills that pass Third Reading must crossover to the Senate by the March 7 deadline.

To see the current list of all Senate Bills introduced this session, visit:

You can also access that list and other lists of current legislation by going to the Legislature’s website,, by clicking on the “Reports and Lists” button on the home page, and selecting one of the many lists and reports available for your review. On these reports, you can also find specific bills; just enter (Ctrl-F) and type in keywords to search through the titles, descriptions and report titles in the list.

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