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2022 Op. Haw. Att'y Gen. 1 (2022)

handle is hein.sag/saghi0101 and id is 1 raw text is: DAVID Y. IGE                                             HOLLY T. SHIKADA
GOVERNOR                                                ATTORNEY GENERAL
VALERIE M. KATO
STATE OF HAWAII              FIRST DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL
DEPARTMENT OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
425 QUEEN STREET
HONOLULU, HAWAII 96813
(808) 586-1500
January 20, 2022
The Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirty-First State Legislature
State of Hawai'i
State Capitol, Room 409
415 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, Hawai'i 96813
The Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Thirty-First State Legislature
State of Hawai'i
State Capitol, Room 431
415 South Beretania Street
Honolulu Hawai'i 96813
RE: Standard for Germaneness of Bill Amendments Under
Article III, Section 15 of the Hawai'i Constitution
Dear President Kouchi and Speaker Saiki:
This letter responds to your request for a formal legal
opinion regarding the germaneness standard that the Hawai'i
Supreme Court has held is implicit in the three-readings
requirement of article III, section 15 of the Hawai'i
Constitution.
I. ISSUE PRESENTED
In League of Women Voters of Honolulu v. State, 150 Hawai'i
182, 499 P.3d 382 (2021), the Hawai'i Supreme Court held that the
constitutional requirement that a bill must pass three readings
in each house begin[s] anew after a non-germane amendment
changes the object or subject of a bill so that it is no longer
related to the original bill as introduced. Id. at 205, 499

Op. No. 22-01

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