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Mayors Urge Governor To Extend Legislative Session For Rail Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Mayors Urge Governor To Extend Legislative Session For Rail Bill

UPDATED: The Council Budget Committee passes a resolution allowing the city to use any revenue for rail, including property taxes.

Senate Kills Effort To Lift Limits On Public Land Leases Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senate Kills Effort To Lift Limits On Public Land Leases

The Legislature also approved the state budget with billions of dollars for capital improvement projects statewide.

As Time Runs Out, House And Senate Still Divided Over How To Pay For Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

As Time Runs Out, House And Senate Still Divided Over How To Pay For Rail

UPDATED: After the tourism industry raised concerns about a hotel tax increase, the Senate shifted back to a 10-year extension of the GET surcharge. But the House rejected that proposal.

Life And Death Drama— For Bills — At The Hawaii Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Life And Death Drama— For Bills — At The Hawaii Legislature

A look at some of the survivors and casualties in the unpredictable waning days of the session.

Hawaii Senate Refuses To Confirm Gorak To The PUC Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Senate Refuses To Confirm Gorak To The PUC

Opponents see the rejection as payback against Gov. David Ige for opposing NextEra Energy’s $4.3 billion attempt to buy Hawaii’s utility.

Online Posting Of Day Care Inspection Reports Won’t Be Required — Yet Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Online Posting Of Day Care Inspection Reports Won’t Be Required — Yet

But lawmakers are moving forward a bill to require day cares to have liability insurance.

Critics: Water Bill Could Hurt Customers And The Environment Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Critics: Water Bill Could Hurt Customers And The Environment

The Sierra Club is mounting a last-minute push amid worries the measure will remove private water distribution companies from state regulation.

Lawmakers Advance A Bill Allowing A Mainlander To Be Police Chief Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Advance A Bill Allowing A Mainlander To Be Police Chief

The measure would also eliminate a little-known rule that prevents some Micronesian immigrants from serving on state boards.

In Legislature’s Waning Days, Some Bills Vanish Without Explanation Cory Lum/Civil Beat

In Legislature’s Waning Days, Some Bills Vanish Without Explanation

Bills to increase public input about new seawalls, ensure media access in disaster zones and protect lifeguards from lawsuits may die without negotiations.

Advocates Fear Hawaii’s Sick Leave Bill Abandons Workers In Need Creative Commons via Flickr

Advocates Fear Hawaii’s Sick Leave Bill Abandons Workers In Need

But industry groups say bills that mandate paid sick leave for workers and expand the state’s current family leave law will push prices higher.

Honolulu To Open Makiki Apartments For Homeless People Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu To Open Makiki Apartments For Homeless People

Applicants for the 42 units must earn less than $35,200 per year for an individual or $50,250 for a family of four.

Help For Condo Owners Comes In Small Doses, If It Comes At All Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Help For Condo Owners Comes In Small Doses, If It Comes At All

Advocates had high hopes at the Hawaii Legislature, but some condo bills died and others were watered down.