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Number of bills alive in Legislature shrinks

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The Hawaii Legislature has narrowed the number of bills it’s considering from 3,224 to more than 600.

More than 325 bills originating in the Senate passed, and 343 bills originating in the House advanced before last week’s crossover deadline.

Those measures moved to the opposite chamber for further consideration. The number of bills still alive will steadily decline until this year’s legislative session adjourns May 5.

Fewer than one-tenth of bills introduced generally become law.

The Legislature has completed 33 of its 60 annual business days.

Bills must pass their second chamber by April 14 in order to survive, and then many of them will go to House-Senate conference committees if the legislative bodies disagree on their versions of the bills.

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