Tuesday, January 15, 2019


House Speaker Scott K. Saiki opens the 2018 Session


WHAT:          The Hawaii House of Representatives and Senate to convene the 30th Biennial Hawaii State Legislature

WHEN:          Wednesday, January 16, 2019
                        10 a.m.

WHERE:       House Chamber, Senate Chamber
                        Hawaii State Capitol

We expect a large crowd for the opening and encourage motorists to carpool or use public transportation. There will be no public parking at the State Capitol.

The public is welcome to attend the opening floor sessions, however, seating is limited. Access to the Chamber galleries will be from the rotunda and will open to the public at 9:30 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.

House floor proceedings will air live on ‘Ōlelo channel 49 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Senate floor proceedings will air live on ‘Ōlelo channel 53 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. (high-definition channels 1049 and 1053, respectively). Neighbor island residents will be able to view the opening day proceedings live through their local public access stations. Both programs will stream live online at www.olelo.org/49 and www.olelo.org/53, and be archived on the ‘Ōlelo Senate and House video-on-demand websites: http://olelo.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=13

House Opening Day Order of Business

2.      Oli and representative procession to seats, 9:45 a.m.
3.      Session convenes, 10 a.m.
4.      Singing of the National Anthem and Hawai‘i Pono‘i 
5.      Pledge of Allegiance
6.      Invocation
7.      Adoption of resolutions
8.      Roll call
9.      Entertainment interlude: Henry Kapono & Friends
10.  Oath of office
11.  Adoption of resolutions
12.  Entertainment interlude: Henry Kapono & Friends
13.  Speaker Scott K. Saiki's remarks
14.  Minority Leader Gene Ward's remarks
15.  Majority Leader Della Au Belatti's remarks
16.  Adoption of resolutions
17.  Benediction

Senate Opening Day Order of Business

Majority Floor Leader Kaialiʻi Kahele presiding
1.      Session convenes, 10 a.m.
2.      Invocation
3.      Singing of the National Anthem and Hawai‘i Pono‘i 
4.      Introduction of distinguished guests
5.      Administration of oath
6.      Roll call
7.      President Ronald D. Kouchi's remarks
8.      Minority Leader Kurt Fevella's remarks
9.      Recess and entertainment
10.  Election of the Vice President
11.  Adoption of resolutions
12.  Announcements

Monday, January 7, 2019


New policy promotes a safe environment for all at the State Capitol

House Speaker Scott K. Saiki today announced the completion of a new House Workplace Harassment Policy including sexual harassment.

The new policy provides greater clarity of terms used to define harassment, expands reporting options, and extends protections to House members, staff, and the general public.
An advisory group recently completed an evaluation of the previous House Disruptive Behavior Policy and made recommendations relating to reporting, investigating, and eliminating inappropriate harassment behavior.
"This review has strengthened our harassment policy in several ways including enhanced clarity for registering complaints, accountability during the process, and personal protections," said Saiki. "The new policy has been carefully and thoroughly vetted by the advisory group, House members, and attorneys. The goal is not only to provide protections, but to create an environment that is civil and promotes public confidence in the institution and its members."
The new policy must be approved by the House during the upcoming session and will be detailed in Chapter 27 in the "House Administrative and Financial Manual."
Significant changes to the policy include:

  • Updates to definitions including examples of harassment, sexual harassment, and bullying to clearly identify the behavior.
  • Clarification of the reporting requirements and methods of reporting, the reporting obligation by victims and witnesses, and alternative options for recourse.
  • More information on the investigative process for relevant parties, including the requirement to provide the complainant with an estimated timeline for investigation completion.
  • Prohibition against retaliation and mandatory investigation of any reported reprisals.
  • Inclusion of members of the public in harassment policy protections.
  • Procedures for reporting complaints against the House Speaker.
  • Annual training for all House members and employees.