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.  

2022 Legislative Session

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2021 Legislative Session

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2020 Legislative Session

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HB 1111: 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 1244: 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 12, 2021

HB 1226: Facial Recognition Technology

This bill, companion bill SB 156, limits the use of Facial Recognition Technology with the exception of trained law enforcement officials, civil identification agencies, Department of Health and airports (during a disease outbreak).

February 8, 2021

HB 1382: Breonna's Law

This bill, companion bill SB 726, explicitly bans "no-knock" warrants and requires law enforcement officers to wait at least thirty seconds before entering a house, store, or other buildings when executing a warrant.

February 8, 2021

HB 666: Qualified Immunity

This bill, companion bill SB 783, allows victims of police violence to sue individual officers for damages under state law and in state court.

February 8, 2021

HB 576: Equal Access to Abortion

This bill, companion bill SB 642, allows physician assistant and advanced practice nurse practitioners to perform early abortions.

February 8, 2021