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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.
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Hawaii Legislative Reference Bureau

What's New

2014 Legislative Statistics

LRB Systems Office begins publication of their session action updates reports.

Latest updates are published often and include:

  • Number of Bills Introduced, Passed, Enacted, and/or Vetoed.
  • Number of Resolutions Introduced and Adopted.

Download the statistics update (pdf).

Overview of Private Insurance Market Reforms in The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act And Resources for Frequently Asked Questions

The Bureau cautions that the information provided herein is for general information purposes only and is not intended to be legal, accounting, or other professional advice. Due to the complexity of the PPACA, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has initiated multiple transitional policies that were not contemplated by the PPACA or the regulatory agencies and insurance companies charged with implementing it. As the PPACA begins to take effect, it appears likely that there may be additional last - minute adjustments to the PPACA's implementation strategy. While the Bureau attempted to prepare this brief using the latest information available, we note that some policies may change as the Department provides ongoing guidance.

Download the new LRB Brief on The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act

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.


Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 84. Senate Draft 1 (2013) requested the Contractors License Board  to conduct an assessment of each of the contractor licensing classifications under chapter 444, Hawaii Revised Statutes, and chapter 77, Hawaii Administrative Rules, and to prepare a report that evaluates each classification.

The Legislative Reference Bureau assisted in the preparation of this report.

Download this report (pdf, 4.3 MB.)

Hawaii Administrative Rules 2013 Table of Statutory Sections Implemented and Directory.

includes all of the rules of Hawaii state government agencies filed with the Office of the Lieutenant Governor in the Hawaii Administrative Rules format prior to May 1, 2013; contains a partial directory of the State's administrative rules listing all of the chapters organized under each of the titles of the Hawaii Administrative Rules.

Download this report (pdf, 1.3 MB.)


Systems Office has prepared information on measures acted upon by the Hawaii State Legislature during the 2013 Second Special Session.

Download pdf, 40kB.

Public Access Room (PAR) announces new Neighbor Island workshops for 2013.

This November and December, the Public Access Room (the “PAR”) will conduct a series of free Neighbor Island workshops entitled, We the Powerful! These meetings are designed to demystify the State lawmaking process, and will demonstrate ways that you can speak out at the legislature without ever having to leave your home island. All are welcome. No registration or prior experience is required.

Visit PAR workshop page for more information.


determines whether other states impose reporting requirements on pesticides that do not fall within the definition of a "restricted use pesticide," as that term is defined under the Hawaii Pesticides Law (chapter 149A, Hawaii Revised Statutes).

Available for download, pdf, 400 kB

2013 Guide to Government in Hawaii

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.

2013 Directory of State, County and Federal Officials.

The Legislative Reference Bureau is pleased to bring you this edition of the 2013 Directory. The information set forth in this publication is current as of July 15, 2013.

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).

*NEW* Hawai`i Legislative Drafting Manual (Tenth Edition)

- furnishes general guidelines for agencies and individuals who prepare measures for introduction in the Hawai`i Legislature. PDF (1.7 MB).

Download the complete volume. (PDF, 1.7 MB)

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.