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The Legislative Reference Bureau assists the Hawai`i State Legislature by providing impartial research,consultation, and document drafting services, maintaining a research library, statutes revision and publication, operating a computerized legislative information system, and providing resources to enhance public participation in the legislative process.
see, 23G-3 HRS


Hawaii Legislative Reference Bureau

What's New

Can't See The Forest For The (Albizia) Trees: An Invasive Species Update

A Bureau update to its 2002 study, Filling the Gaps in the Fight Against Invasive Species.

The Bureau explains Hawaii's particular susceptibility to invasive species and the current scope of the invasive species problem, listing prominent invasive species in Hawaii and the threat each poses to the environment, health and safety, and the economy. The Bureau also researched the economic and other costs that invasive species pose to Hawaii. The Bureau solicited information through two surveys sent to, and follow-up communications with, federal, state, county, and private entities engaged in the fight against invasive species.

Download the pdf (5 MB)

Report of the Legislative Family Caregivers Working Group

Prepared by the Legislative Reference Bureau for the Legislative Family Caregivers Working Group's examination and assessment of issues relating to the role of caregivers for patients discharged from hospitals.

The Working Group conducted informational briefings during which various stakeholders were invited to present information to the Working Group. The Working Group also considered current hospital discharge practices, current and proposed federal rules relating to patient discharge, caregiver legislation enacted by other states, and relevant hospital accreditation requirements.

Download the pdf (1 MB)

Commercial Leasing of Public Lands: State Policies Regarding Leases Near the End of Term

New LRB study studies how other select states manage end-of-term commercial leases involving public lands.

Download the pdf (185 kB)

Tour Operators Under State Seller of Travel and Related Statutes

New LRB study examines if and how other states regulate tour operators within their jurisdiction.

Download the pdf (440 kB)

*Directory of State, County and Federal Officials, New Edition, 2015

Department and agency directory listings. Includes office, title, phone & fax numbers, and mail and email addresses. pdf. Complete volume or by agency.
*New Edition July, 2015.

Download the new Directory, complete volume or by agency.

Bills Enacted by the Hawaii State Legislature, Regular Session of 2015. (pdf)

Bills Vetoed by the Governor 2015. (pdf)

Available for download.

Requests by the Hawaii State Legislature to Agencies and Officials, 2015.

Includes specific requests for submission of information back to the Legislature, excluding annual and other reports requested on an indefinite basis.

Available for download (pdf, 430kB):

Session Reports, 2015.

The LRB Systems Office begins publication of their legislative session reports.

Available for download:


2015 Legislative Statistics Updates for 2015

Number of Bills Introduced, Passed, Enacted, and/or Vetoed.
Number of Resolutions Introduced and Adopted
Updated throughout Session

*UPDATE* Download the current statistics update for 2015 (pdf)

The Feasibility of Environmental Reorganization for Hawaii.

SCR 135 and HCR 78(1984) requested the Bureau to study the feasibility of a new organizational structure for environmental programs. The decision concerning which programs should be included since many state programs have some effect on the quality of our environment was a difficulty of the task. Limiting the possible components of a new organization to programs for pollution control, pesticide use, food purity, and environmental planning and education and dismissing the consideration of a "superdepartment" structure should not be construed as a denial of the importance of other environmental programs or as a judgment that a "superdepartment" is not feasible for Hawaii.

Download the report:
The feasibility of environmental reorganization for Hawaii. 145 p.

The Feasibility of Transferring the Office of Information Practices to the Department of Accounting and General Services.

HCR 121(2014) requested the Bureau to study the feasibility of establishing the Office of Information Practices on a permanent basis, administratively attached to the Department of Accounting and General Services, and to study the feasibility of establishing positions within the Office of Information Practices as being subject to the civil service laws of the State.

Download the report (pdf, 1.6 MB).

Hawaii Administrative Rules 2014 Table of Statutory Sections Implemented and Directory

a new table of statutory sections implemented of the Hawaii Administrative Rules Directory to enable users to tell at a glance whether state agencies have adopted rules that purport to implement or interpret statutory sections.

Download the report (pdf, 900 kB).

Is the Grass Always Greener? An Updated Look at Other State Medical Marijuana Programs

HCR 48, HD2, SD1(2014) requested the Bureau to complete and submit to the Medical Marijuana Dispensary System Task Force an updated report on the policies and procedures for access, distribution, security, and other relevant issues related to the medical use of cannabis in all states that currently have a medical cannabis program.

Download the report (pdf, 768 kB).

Listing of Opinions Issued by the Attorney General, State of Hawai`i

A digest of AG opinions since January 1985. Updated annually. Adobe PDF, 376K.

Updated to include the 2013 opinions.

Guide to Government in Hawaii, updated 2013

This Guide describes state and county departments and their organization and the agencies of the federal government having offices in Hawaii. Organizational charts of the state government, state departments, and the counties are also included.

Download the complete volume or by agency.

Index to LRB Publications

A cross reference subject index to all LRB reports, 1944 - current, is now available as a pdf document for download. All titles which have digital copies are linked.

Download the Index to LRB Publications (pdf).

Searching for a particular report?

The LRB Library's online catalog contains records of Bureau and state reports with linked URL's for easy and immediate document downloads.

Search the Library's CARD catalog for document information and download.

Hawaii Revised Statutes - how to get the text within a chapter .

Obtaining text of the invidual sections within chapters of the Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) on the capitol.hawaii.gov website. Because there isn't a way to look at the whole chapter at once, you must view each section within the chapter separately. These instructions will show you step by step how to get to the statutes, volume, chapter and then section.

How to get the section text within a chapter of the online Hawaii Revised Statutes .

Legislative Aids and Manuals

The Bureau continues to make available online its many handbooks and guides to the legislative process. Including, How To Research Constitutional, Legislative, And Statutory History In Hawai`i, and the companion volumes, Directory and Guide to Government in Hawai`i, the documents are downloadable in pdf. Limited print copies are available from the Library.

Digital Services

The Library publishes its twitter, @LRBlibrary, to highlight the trends, issues and resources behind today's news of interest to our Hawaii legislative community. Links to full-text documents, web sites, and news stories.

Our news aggregator service updated each morning, iClips delivers selected daily news links harvested from online local and national news providers.