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Honolulu Rail Tax Extension Clears the Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Tax Extension Clears the Legislature

A plan to address a nearly $1 billion shortfall in the state's biggest public works project goes next to the desk of Gov. David Ige.
Marijuana Dispensary Bill: Big Increase in Patients Expected Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Marijuana Dispensary Bill: Big Increase in Patients Expected

There could be as many as 16 retail dispensaries in Hawaii by next summer, including six on Oahu, if the measure becomes law.
Bill to Establish Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Passes Committee Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill to Establish Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Passes Committee

UPDATE: After negotiators failed to strike a deal Friday night, legislative leaders removed Senate Committee Chairman Josh Green and pushed the deadline to Monday.
Hawaii Legislature Resurrects Bill to Establish Marijuana Dispensaries Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Legislature Resurrects Bill to Establish Marijuana Dispensaries

UPDATED: A panel will reconvene Monday to consider the bill after Senate leadership kicked Sen. Josh Green off the conference committee.
Lawmakers Work Overtime on Medi-Pot Dispensaries Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Work Overtime on Medi-Pot Dispensaries

UPDATE: Rep. Della Au Belatti and Sen. Josh Green couldn't reach agreement, but deadline has been extended.
Effort to Cap Payday Loan Rates Dies After Maui Lawmakers Clash Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Effort to Cap Payday Loan Rates Dies After Maui Lawmakers Clash

Rep. Justin Woodson wanted to maintain the current maximum interest rate, while Sen. Rosalyn Baker was adamant about lowering it.
New Year, New Governor, New Deal for Turtle Bay Preservation Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Year, New Governor, New Deal for Turtle Bay Preservation

UPDATED: Gov. David Ige pushes a plan to preserve 635.3 acres on the North Shore. The Hawaii Legislature would have to sign off on the financing before the session ends.
Bill to Rezone Land for Hoopili Heading to Full City Council Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill to Rezone Land for Hoopili Heading to Full City Council

Zoning and Planning Committee passes measure to make way for the development of 11,750 homes.
Galuteria Should Keep His Seat, Senate Special Committee Says Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Galuteria Should Keep His Seat, Senate Special Committee Says

The senator has been under fire from critics who say he doesn't live in his Kakaako district and wrongly claimed tax exemptions.