Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Legislature Commences New Year With Budget Hearings

The House Finance Committee and the Senate Ways and Means committee yesterday began a series of informational briefings to gain insight into Governor David Ige’s financial plan and the budgets for the various state departments. The joint committee was briefed by Wes Machida, the state budget director, on the overall executive state budget. The committee also heard from the state Department of Budget and Finance on its budget.

The money committees will continue to hold informational briefings with the remaining executive departments through Thursday, January 14. A schedule of upcoming budget hearings is available at http://ow.ly/WCwu4.

The 28th Hawaii State Legislature will convene the 2016 Legislative Session on Wednesday, January 20 at 10 a.m. in the House Chambers. This is the second year of the legislative biennium and the Legislature will hold a modest opening to the session with a business as usual approach. Floor proceedings will not include entertainment, and family members, friends and guests will not be seated on the chamber floors. Following the opening, legislators will have the discretion to host guests in their individual offices.

The public is welcomed to attend the opening floor sessions, however seating is limited. Chamber galleries will open at 9:45 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Governor will deliver his second State-of-the-State address during a joint session of the Legislature in the House chamber on Monday, January 25.

The public can access more information on hearings and session activities on the Legislature’s website at www.capitol.hawaii.gov.

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