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Who can refer issues for Senate review?

Faculty and administers are welcome to submit issues to the Senate Executive Committee to be considered for Senate review. All issues are archived on our issues index.

To submit issues to the Senate Executive Committee, e-mail uhmfs@hawaii.edu or use our online inquiry form.

Who can introduce legislation to the Senate?

Resolutions and Acts are submitted to the Senate by:

    1. The Executive Committee, which shall prepare the agenda for each Senate meeting.
    2. Any Senator who introduces a motion on the floor of the Senate.
    3. Any member of the Congress who submits resolutions and acts to the Executive Committee and requests that they be placed on the Senate's agenda, but the Executive Committee shall have the jurisdiction in determining whether a resolution or act is placed on the agenda.

(MFS Charter, Article I, Section 1(a))

To submit legislation to the Senate Executive Committee for inclusion in an upcoming agenda, e-mail uhmfs@hawaii.edu or use our online inquiry form.

How does the Senate vote on legislation?

On any resolution and act, a majority of the senators present and voting must vote affirmatively in order for the resolution and act to be adopted.
(MFS Charter, Article I, Section 1(b))

The Senate uses I-Clickers to vote electronically at meetings. An I-Clicker is assigned to each Senator to ensure that only Senators vote on legislation.

What happens after Senate Legislation is passed?

Approved legislation is transmitted to the Administration and the transmittals and corresponding documents are added to our documents archive with a record of the vote. Resolutions must be sent to the BOR and UH President, while motions need only be sent to the UHM Chancellor.

Every resolution and act adopted by the Senate, and the vote by which it was adopted, shall be published in a publication of record within ten days after its adoption.
(MFS Charter, Article I, Section 1(c))

Unless the resolution or act is referred to the Congress, every resolution and act on which the Senate has voted affirmatively which requires action by or notice to the M?noa Chancellor, President or Board of Regents shall be signed by the Chairperson and Secretary of the Senate, and promptly transmitted, with a record of the vote, by the Secretary to the M?noa Chancellor, President and the Board of Regents, and published in a publication of record. Every resolution or act referred to the Congress shall be promptly transmitted with a record of the vote, by the Secretary of the Senate to the M?noaMay 2007 Page 3 of 5 Chancellor, President and the Board of Regents after an affirmative vote of the Congress and published in a publication of record.
 (MFS Charter, Article I, Section 2) 

Visit the Issues Index for complete list of issues currently under Senate consideration. 

Visit the Documents Archive for a complete list of legislation considered by the Senate since 1994.

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> CONGRESS

How do I refer an Act to Congress?

A resolution or act shall be referred to the Congress for discussion and vote if one of the following occurs:

    (1) The Senate, by a two-thirds majority of those present, votes to refer the Resolution or act to the Congress; or
    (2) Within fourteen days after publication in a publication of record of the Senate's vote on a resolution or act, a petition bearing the signatures of no fewer than one hundred members of the Congress, requesting that the resolution or act be referred to the Congress, is presented to the Executive Committee.
    (MFS Charter, Article I, Section 1(e))

What happens to acts referred to Congress?

On any resolution or act adopted by the Senate and referred to the Congress, the Executive Committee shall either:

    (1) Introduce the resolution or act at the next regular meeting of the Congress; or

    (2) If it deems the resolution or act urgent, convoke a special meeting of the Congress.

In addition, the Executive Committee may schedule a hearing on any resolution or act referred to the Congress, in advance of the regular or special meeting of the Congress at which the resolution or act is to be discussed.
(MFS Charter, Article I, Section 1(f))

How does Congress vote on Acts?

Immediately following a meeting of the Congress, all resolutions and acts discussed at the meeting and proposed for adoption shall be voted upon by the members of the Congress, in secret written ballot conducted by the Committee on Faculty Service through campus mail. A majority of the votes cast in any referendum shall be sufficient to constitute the Congress' action on that resolution or act.
(MFS Charter, Article I, Section 1(g))

Visit the Issues Index for complete list of issues currently under consideration. 

Visit the Documents Archive for a complete list of legislation considered by the Congress since 1994.

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> FIND INFORMATION

Documents Archive

All legislation since 1994 is archived on the documents archive, which contains the date of consideration, subject, committee, action & vote. The documents archive also has a page devoted to each piece of legislation that lists relevant legislative history. 

Search

All senate documents, including legislation, can be found using our website’s search feature that enables you to search within the category of “documents” within our files.        

Pre-1994 Legislation

All legislation considered by the Senate before 1994 is archived in Hamilton Library.

Visit the Issues Index for complete list of issues currently under Senate consideration.

Visit the Documents Archive for a complete list of legislation considered by the Senate since 1994.

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