The Hawaii State Legislature convenes on the third Wednesday in January of each year and continues for 60 session days, which excludes weekends, holidays, and recess days — usually ending in late April or early May. The legislature is part-time and operates with a biennial legislative session, the first year of which starts on odd numbered years. This means that in 2020, the legislature could pass bill that was introduced in 2019. The legislature consists of a House of Representatives and a Senate.

The ACLU of Hawaiʻi works year-round to protect the constitutional rights and civil liberties of all.  During the legislative session, we collaborate with ACLU supporters, other organizations, impacted communities, and lawmakers to draft bills, lobby legislators, testify in support of bills, seek support from other groups, draft fact sheets, and conduct outreach to the media. We also work hard to defeat bills that infringe on our freedoms and threaten our civil rights and liberties.  

2021 Legislative Session

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2020 Legislative Session

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SB 387: Juvenile Solitary Confinement

This bill, companion bill HB 188, would establish conditions and time limits for placing a child in room confinement at a detention or shelter facility.

February 17, 2021

HB 188: Juvenile Solitary Confinement

This bill, companion bill SB 387, would establish conditions and time limits for placing a child in room confinement at a detention or shelter facility.

February 17, 2021

HB 202: Expungement

This bill, companion bill SB 391, gives authorization for courts to expunge the records of a person for certain offenses that are related to homelessness.

February 16, 2021

SB 391: Expungement

This bill, companion bill HB 202, gives authorization for courts to expunge the records of a person for certain offenses that are related to homelessness.

February 16, 2021

HB 1079: Bail Reform

This bill attempts to scale back the State's over reliance on cash bail by creating a presumption of release on recognizance for certain categories of offenses.

February 16, 2021

SB 1260: Bail Reform

This bill attempts to scale back the State's over reliance on cash bail by creating a presumption of release on recognizance for certain categories of offenses.

February 16, 2021