News from the House Republican Caucus, March 10, 2023
This week was the First Crossover of the 2023 legislative session. The Republican Representatives took all of Monday for an in-depth study session with the staff and research team to ensure they were making informed decisions on each and every bill. There was a lot of debate on the floor this past Tuesday, with each of our Republican Reps rising to speak up on important issues.
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What is First Cross Over?
Once the final vote has been taken, all remaining bills cross over to the opposite chamber where they will be referred to committees and voted upon. The House bills will cross over to the Senate and the Senate bills will cross over to the House.
The following measures have PASSED the first crossover and are moving to the Senate. To track these bills, submit testimony, and more, visit the capitol website www.capitol.hawaii.gov or click the bill numbers below.
- HB 942 - Relating to Emergency Medical Response
- HB 1145 - Relating to Adult Changing Stations
- HB 1437 - Relating to Crime
- HB 1206 - Relating to State Permitting Office
The following bills have been heavily debated on the floor. Read more about them with the links below:
- HB 426 - Relating to Firearms
- HB 981 - Relating to Criminal History Background Checks
- HB 132 - Relating to Elections
- HB 1336 - Relating to Criminal Justice Reform
- SB 1 - Relating to Abortion
Today was the last day to file a Substantive Resolution.
What is a Substantive Resolution?
Substantive resolutions may request action from any government entity, or reinforce the Legislature's position on a particular issue, but do not have the effect of law.
This week each of our Republican Representatives spoke in support of life and freedom at the rally to support midwives.
This week Representative Ward celebrated a milestone birthday this year! His office and the Republican caucus surprised him with celebration and commendation for his many years of service.
Today was Tourism Day at the Capitol to celebrate and inform our legislators about the hospitality industry. Representative Matsumoto was asked to dance hula as she walked from booth to booth meeting the many vendors.
In The Community
Rep. Pierick visited Hickam Elementary School where he met with students and answered their questions about how the government works.
Rep. Alcos attended the Campbell High School Rally for both their boy's and girl's basketball teams that won the OIA Championships this year.
Rep. Garcia visited Kapolei High School today and shared about the legislative process with the students.
Rep. Ward hosted one of his regular Beer Summits with a special guest, House Speaker Scott Saiki.
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