S.B. NO.














relating to state capitol tours.





SECTION 1. The legislature finds that the Hawaii state capitol is a public building rich with history and significance. Completed in 1969, the capitol building was designed as a modern and functional place of democracy imbued with deep meaning, beauty, and dignity. Meant to recall the birth of the islands from the sea, the unique design of the building offers insight into the State's singular history, shared values, and public priorities.

The legislature also finds that maintaining accessibility to the capitol building and its history for Hawaii's residents, students, and visitors is a meaningful public service that provides visitors to the building with a profound appreciation for the State and the democratic process.

The purpose of this Act is to require the lieutenant governor to administer and facilitate a state capitol tour program that includes both virtual and in-person walking tours of the state capitol building.

SECTION 2. Section 26-1, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"26-1 Office of the lieutenant governor. (a) Except as otherwise provided by law, the lieutenant governor is designated the secretary of state for intergovernmental relations and shall perform the duties and functions heretofore exercised by the secretary of Hawaii. The duties and functions shall include but not be limited to recordation of all legislative and gubernatorial acts, certification of state documents, and maintenance of an official file of rules adopted by state departments as provided in chapter 91. The lieutenant governor may employ staff as necessary without regard to chapter 76.

(b) The lieutenant governor, with the approval of the governor, may designate some other officer of the government of the State to authenticate documents on behalf of the lieutenant governor during the lieutenant governor's temporary absence outside the State or during the lieutenant governor's illness whenever the documents require the signature of the lieutenant governor. The person shall affix the person's own signature to the document with the words, "for the lieutenant governor" following and the signature shall be deemed to satisfy the requirement of the lieutenant governor's signature on the document. The designation and approval shall be in writing and shall be filed in the office of the governor and a copy thereof, certified by the governor, shall be filed with the public archives. The person designated shall serve without additional compensation and the lieutenant governor shall be responsible and liable on the lieutenant governor's official bond for all acts done by the person designated in the performance of the duties on behalf of the lieutenant governor.

(c) Nothing in this section shall be construed to authorize the person to exercise and discharge the powers and duties of the office of the governor as provided by the first paragraph of article V, section 4, of the Constitution of the State of Hawaii. The person shall not be authorized to exercise any powers whenever a successor to the lieutenant governor assumes the duties of the lieutenant governor pursuant to article V, section 4, of the Constitution of the State of Hawaii.

(d) The governor shall identify and direct other duties as necessary to the lieutenant governor.

(e) A lieutenant governor whose legal residence is on an island other than Oahu and who is required to remain away from the island of the lieutenant governor's legal residence but within the State overnight or longer while on official business shall receive an allowance to cover personal expenses such as board, lodging, and incidental expenses. The allowance authorized under this subsection shall be set at a daily single rate to be determined by a joint agreement between the senate president and speaker of the house of representatives. This rate shall:

(1) Not exceed the greater of the maximum allowance for such expenses payable to any public officer or employee of the State; and

(2) Be reasonably calculated to cover the expenses specified in this subsection.

(f) The allowance authorized under subsection (e) shall be in addition to and shall not supplant any portion of the salary of the lieutenant governor determined pursuant to section 26-51. The allowance shall be paid out of any available appropriation made by the legislature for expenses, other than the salary, of the lieutenant governor.

(g) The lieutenant governor shall administer and facilitate a state capitol tour program that includes virtual and walking tours of the Hawaii state capitol building, provided that:

(1) Virtual tours of the capitol shall include maintenance and regular updating of a virtual tour website; and

(2) In addition to in-person, guided tours, walking tours shall include availability to the public of information for self-guided tours in the form of paper brochures and a website."

SECTION 3. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $         or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2019-2020 and the same sum or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2020-2021 for the administration and facilitation of a state capitol tour program pursuant to this Act.

The sums appropriated shall be expended by the office of the lieutenant governor for the purposes of this Act.

SECTION 4. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 5. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2019.








Report Title:

State Capitol Tours; Lieutenant Governor; Appropriation



Requires the Lieutenant Governor to administer and facilitate a Hawaii state capitol tour program. Appropriates funds.




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