The 31st Hawaii State Legislature will convene on January 20, 2021. This year there are a few changes to ensure that everyone is safe and healthy. Everything will be virtual and the Hawaii State Public Library System is here to support your access to the legislative process
We have created a quick guide to get you started, and additional resources are available on the Public Access Room website on how to participate in the State legislative process. You can also contact them by calling 808-587-0478.
All public library branches are able to provide the following:
VIEWING HEARINGS AND FLOOR SESSIONS
All hearings and floor sessions will be broadcast via YouTube. View Live and On-Demand Video
All testimony must be submitted through the Hawaii State Legislature’s online system. Once registered with this system, you will be able to set up a personalized account to create measure tracking lists, submit written testimony without the need to re-enter required information, and receive hearing notice notifications by email. Committees will not be able to accept written testimony via email. All testimony must be submitted online using the State Legislatures online form.
Register with the Hawaii State Legislature | Complete the online form
Submit Testimony online | Log in to your Hawaii State Legislature Account | Make sure to submit 24 hours before the hearing!
Testify | Log in to your Hawaii Legislature Account
This is a new process for the Hawaii State Legislature. Due to the need to manage physical and virtual spaces, each of the hearings will have defined time slots. Every effort will be made to accommodate as many people as possible, but please understand that there may be times when they simply run out of time for virtual testimony. Should you not be able to testify, your written testimony will be on record.
The Hawaii State Legislature has put together Remote Testimony Instructions, which has more detail and links to information about using Zoom.