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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

Hawaii Administrative Rules Table of Statutory Sections Implemented and Directory

This edition 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 January 1, 2017. All prior versions of the Table are superseded. This publication also contains a partial directory of the State's administrative rules that lists all of the chapters organized under each of the titles of the Hawaii Administrative Rules.

Available for download.PDF, 665kB.

Panacea or Pipe Dream: Does Portugal’s Drug Decriminalization Policy Translate for Hawaii?

A study on the potential impact on state government of decriminalizing the illegal possession of drugs for personal use in Hawaii, including

  • a survey of all existing criminal drug offenses in Hawaii;
  • a review of the current national drug policy of Portugal pertaining to the illegal possession of drugs for personal use;
  • the potential impact on administrative and judicial systems of state government of decriminalizing.

Available for download.PDF, 3 MB.

Hawaii Directory of State, County and Federal Officials

The Directory is now available for download and is current as of January, 2017.

Download department and agency directory listings. Includes office, title, phone & fax numbers, and mail and email addresses. pdf, complete volume or by agency. PDF, 2 MB.

Print copies should be available for distribution the second week of February.

Current 2017 Legislative Statistics Update (updated frequently)

Includes updated reporting of Number of Bills Introduced, Passed, Enacted, and/or Vetoed, and Number of Resolutions Introduced and Adopted.

Hawaii Administrative Rules Drafting Manual

- to serve as a basic document used by administrative agencies in converting their rules to the universal format for state agency rules mandated by the Legislature.

Third Edition..

Available for download. PDF, 1.2 MB.

Supplemental Information Relating to Bills Passed by the Hawaii State Legislature, Regular Session 2016.


  • A preliminary index that contains a topical listing of the bills passed in 2016 under broad and general subject matter categories.
  • A table of "Laws Affected by Bills Passed" that shows sections of the Hawaii Revised Statutes, Session Laws of Hawaii, and the proposed constitutional amendments that are affected by bills passed.
  • A table of "Status of Bills Passed by the Legislature" that provides a listing of bills passed and includes the Act number, approval date,
  • A table of H.B. No. 1700, C.D. I, Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2016,that shows the total program appropriations for fiscal years 2015-2016 and 2016-2017.

(PDF, 1.6MB) Available for download.

Requests by the Hawaii State Legislature to Agencies and Officials of Federal, State and County Governments and Quasi-public and Private Agencies.

Specific requests for submission of information back to the Legislature, excluding annual and other reports requested on an indefinite basis.
(PDF, 530 kB) Available for download.

Hawaii Administrative Rules 2015 Table of Statutory Sections Implemented and Directory

2015 Supplement to 2001 Cumulative Edition & Table
(PDF, 650 kB) Available for download

Session Reports, 2016.

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

Available for download:

  • Crossover Bills List

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)

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.