On March 16, Hawaii House and Senate leadership announced that the 2020 legislative session was recessed immediately. During this time, all committee hearings and floor sessions are cancelled. Legislators are being asked to work remotely and continue with constituent work.

On March 18, the first positive test case of COVID-19 at the Hawaii State Capitol was Senator Clarence Nishihara. Senate leadership then recommended that all Senate offices close until further notice.

Prior to the March 16 announcement, SB 2697 SD1, which would temporarily suspend the DPD by REITs, was awaiting a decision by the House Economic Development and Business Committee on March 18.

(Contact: Gladys Quinto Marrone at gmarrone@nareit.com)

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