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Hawaii Governor Vetoes Aquarium Fishing Bill, 12 Others Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Governor Vetoes Aquarium Fishing Bill, 12 Others

Gov. David Ige faced a heavy lobbying campaign from both sides on a bill phasing out commercial collection of fish for the aquarium industry.

Legislature Schedules Special Session On Rail Funding In Late August Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Legislature Schedules Special Session On Rail Funding In Late August

Hawaii lawmakers will convene for a week to figure out how to fund the rest of Honolulu’s over-budget project.

Ige Signs Bill To Unite Married Couple In Care Facility For Elderly Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Signs Bill To Unite Married Couple In Care Facility For Elderly

After balking two years ago, state officials now feel there are sufficient safeguards to prevent private-paying clients from displacing those on Medicaid.

Why The Fishing Industry Wants More Say On Papahanaumokuakea NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration

Why The Fishing Industry Wants More Say On Papahanaumokuakea

As federal officials sift through public comments on national monuments, supporters of Hawaii commercial fishermen say they merit special consideration.

Hawaii Loses A Fishery Council Seat After Governor’s Fumble Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii Loses A Fishery Council Seat After Governor’s Fumble

The governor’s office failed to submit nominees for two at-large seats by the federal deadline, but a U.S. territory stepped up to save one.

Blown Deadlines Weaken Hawaii’s Voice On Federal Fishery Council Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Blown Deadlines Weaken Hawaii’s Voice On Federal Fishery Council

Both environmentalists and commercial tuna fishermen are upset about lost opportunities after the governor’s office didn’t submit Wespac nominees on time.

DLNR Urges Ige To Veto Bill Phasing Out Aquarium Fishing In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

DLNR Urges Ige To Veto Bill Phasing Out Aquarium Fishing In Hawaii

The head of Hawaii’s aquatic resource division said he’s not sure lawmakers “knew what they were doing” when they passed the bill.

Legislature Plans To Hold Special Session On Honolulu Rail Funding Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Legislature Plans To Hold Special Session On Honolulu Rail Funding

UPDATED: Leaders try to assure federal officials that the state is committed to coming up with money, but there no sign a deal has been reached.

535 Scientists Want Trump To Leave Hawaii’s Marine Monument Alone Cory Lum/Civil Beat

535 Scientists Want Trump To Leave Hawaii’s Marine Monument Alone

The group signed a letter emphasizing how protected reserves help the economy and biodiversity.

It Looks Like Another Good Year For Hawaii Tuna Fishermen Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

It Looks Like Another Good Year For Hawaii Tuna Fishermen

The longline fleet has a $250,000 deal in place to keep fishing after it reaches its quota of nearly 7 million pounds of ahi.

Is Hawaii Aquarium Fishing Headed For A ‘Slow-Motion Shutdown’? FromSandToGlass/Flickr

Is Hawaii Aquarium Fishing Headed For A ‘Slow-Motion Shutdown’?

A bill supported by environmental groups would prevent the state from issuing new permits for commercial collection of aquarium fish.

Civil Beat Poll: Support Is Strong In Hawaii For Medical Aid In Dying Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Civil Beat Poll: Support Is Strong In Hawaii For Medical Aid In Dying

Legislators kept the issue at bay again last session, but two-thirds of poll respondents say it’s time to act.