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Thereafter, persons whose testimony forms are submitted after the meeting convenes, but before the testimony portion ends, will be allowed to present oral testimony for three minutes on each item. The Chair may grant an additional minute to conclude the testimony. Written testimony shall be submitted to the Council staff before or during the testimony portion of the meeting.
Testimony may also be emailed to the corresponding committee:* Budget and Finance Committee (BF) - [email protected]* Economic Development, Energy, Agriculture and Recreation Committee (EAR) - [email protected]* Housing, Human Services and Transportation Committee (HHT) - [email protected]* Infrastructure and Environmental Management Committee (IEM) - [email protected]* Land Use Committee (LU) - [email protected]* Planning Committee (PC) - [email protected]* Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee (PIA) - [email protected]* Water Resources Committee (WR) - [email protected]
For Council meeting agenda items, written testimony should be addressed to the Council Chair and mailed or faxed to the Office of the County Clerk, 200 South High Street, Wailuku, HI 96793, 808-270-7171 (fax). For Council and committee meetings held in the Council Chamber, oral testimony may be received by telephone from each of the Council district offices in Hana, Lanai, and Molokai.
Testimony for Council meetings may be emailed to [email protected].
For Committee meeting agendas, please contact the Office of Council Services at 808-270-7838. For Council meeting agendas, please contact the Office of the County Clerk at 808-270-7748. More...
The Committee schedules the issue for discussion and accepts public testimony. The Committee may act (i.e., draft a bill or resolution) or may conduct further research on the issue. When the Committee makes a recommendation to the full Council (adopt, accept, file, first reading, etc.), a committee report is prepared and scheduled for consideration by the full Council at the next Council meeting.
At the Council meeting, the Council acts by adopting the recommendations contained in the committee report (bill is passed on first reading, resolution is adopted, communication is filed, etc.). Digests of all bills that pass first reading, along with the Council’s voting record, are published in the newspaper at least three days before final reading. Sometimes, the issue may be recommitted or returned to Committee for further discussion. All bills and certain resolutions requiring two readings are placed on the following Council meeting agenda for final action.
If a bill is not passed on second and final reading at the Council meeting, it may be: (1) recommitted to Committee, (2) filed, or (3) postponed until a specific date. If the bill is passed on second and final reading, the bill title and Council voting record are, once again, published in the newspaper. The bill is sent to the Mayor for approval.
For bills relating to the Fiscal Year’s Budget and Capital Program, the Mayor has 20 days to approve or veto the bill. If the Mayor does not return the bill with a disapproval within that time, the bill shall take effect as an ordinance as if the Mayor had signed it. The Council may, within 10 days after the bill has been returned, reconsider and pass the bill by a two-thirds vote. The County Clerk assigns an ordinance number.
For all other bills, the Mayor has 10 days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays) to approve or veto the bill. If the Mayor does not return the bill with a disapproval within that time, the bill shall take effect as an ordinance as if the Mayor had signed it. The Council may, after 5 days and within 30 days, reconsider and pass the bill by a two-thirds vote. The County Clerk assigns an ordinance number.
Not sure? Please contact the Office of Council Services at (808) 270-7838 for assistance. More...
Not sure? Please contact the Office of Council Services at 808-270-7838 for assistance.