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Efforts Underway To Rid Hawaii Of Coral-Damaging Sunscreen

State lawmakers have introduced two bills and a study is planned to determine the effectiveness of public-outreach campaigns.

Potholes, Lost Inmate Property, Falling Ceiling Cost Taxpayers

The state approved nearly $200,000 in small claims to cover a wide range of incidents reported by residents, prisoners and others.

Rail Project’s Huge Shortfall Looms Over Legislature’s Opening Day

The Senate president said lawmakers are not united on a plan, even as the House speaker reiterated his ideas to fund the troubled project.

Senator Wants More Transparency For Charter School Funds

Jill Tokuda complains that State Public Charter School Commission is the only state agency to hold its funds in private accounts.

Report: Native Hawaiians Face A ‘Public Health Crisis’

That’s the conclusion of a task force that wants help from the state. But lawmakers demand to see specific proposals, and quickly.

Counties Again Seek Greater Share Of Hotel Tax, Lifeguard Immunity

Protection from civil litigation expires July 1 unless lawmakers act. Counties want lifeguards treated the same as some state workers.

Do Condo Owners Need Some Help From Hawaii’s Legislature?

Potential condo-related proposals run the gamut from establishing an ombudsman to merely clarifying existing laws.

Death And Taxes: Two Certainties For This Year’s Hawaii Legislature

Lawmakers will consider medical aid in dying legislation while also weighing how to fund transportation projects such as Honolulu rail.

Is Hawaii Spending Enough To Protect Its Natural Resources?

The challenge facing the DLNR is called “overwhelming,” but the agency hasn’t hired all the people it’s authorized to.

Hawaii Sued By Supporters Of Medical Aid In Dying

The plaintiffs, including terminally ill lobbyist John Radcliffe, are also hoping to convince the Legislature to take action this session.

More Money Sought To Fix Hawaii’s Harbors, Airports And Roads

The state Department of Transportation has a long list of budget requests from the Legislature and the needs just keep piling up.

Hawaii Pension Fund Shortfall Hits $12 Billion

People are living longer and investment returns were weaker than expected.

Your Guide To Tracking The 2017 Hawaii Legislature

The islands’ 25 senators and 51 representatives will back in action before you know it. Keeping up with them is everybody’s business.

Legislature’s Financial Leaders To Ige: Give Us A ‘Real Budget’

Lawmakers complain the governor’s spending proposal doesn’t reflect reality and will force them to be the “bad guy.”

Meet Hawaii’s Newest Lawmaker

The governor has appointed Chris Todd of Hilo from a list of three names submitted by the Democratic Party.

Cinch Up The Belt: State Budget Forecast Drops By $155 Million

The Council on Revenues lowered its growth projections after a debate that included speculation about Trump’s effects on tourism.

Senators Question Whether PUC Member Had Conflicts Of Interest

They want a state agency to look into the legal services Tom Gorak was providing while general counsel for the Public Utilities Commission.

Hawaii’s Public Records Agency Is Picking Up The Pace A Bit

The Office of Information Practices receives hundreds of requests a year regarding release of public records and meeting notifications.