Monday, March 16, 2009

Post-Crossover Bill Status

The first half of the legislative session is now over, and House and Senate bills have now crossed over to their opposite chambers.

The struggling economy has had measurable effects on the Legislative session. Many of the bills that were introduced were drafted with the economy in mind, such as numerous mortgage and foreclosure-related bills. Legislators now face a massive challenge in balancing the state budget with the Council on Revenues' bleak projections in mind. With the continued economic downturn iminent, the remainder of the session will most likely consist of more legislation designed to help those in financial difficulty.

HCUL's post-crossover bill tracking report is now online, complete with links to the Hawaii State Legislature website. If you have any questions about any legislative matter, please contact me.