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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

Current 2018 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.

Download current statistics update as of February 20, 2018 (pdf)

Report of the Affordable Health Insurance Working Group.

Act 43 Session Laws of Hawaii 2017 established the Affordable Health Insurance Working Group to address the complexities of the health care system in Hawaii and the related uncertainty over the future of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.

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

Available for download (PDF, 163KB.)

The Amendments to Session Laws List , 1982 - 2017 special session. (pdf)

The Amendments to Session Laws List shows all of the session laws that have been amended from 1982 up through the Special Session of 2017.  However, the List does not include the budget bills of the State or any state agency.  Furthermore, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of this List.  If you find any discrepancies, please contact the LRB’s Revision of Statutes division at 587-0670.

(PDF, 150kB) Available for download.

Listing of Opinions Issued by the Attorney General, State of Hawai`i. (pdf)

A digest of AG opinions since January 1985. Recently updated for 2016. Adobe PDF, 600kB. (updated annually)

Supplemental Information Relating to Bills Passed by the Hawaii State Legislature, Regular Session 2017.


  • A preliminary index that contains a topical listing of the bills passed in 2017 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. 100, C.D. I, Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2017,that shows the total program appropriations for fiscal years 2017-2018 and 2018-2019.

(PDF, 390kB) 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, 420 kB) Available for download.

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.

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.