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Anita Hofschneider

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.

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.

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.

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.

Homelessness: A Lot Of Talk But No ‘Game-Changer’ At The Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Homelessness: A Lot Of Talk But No ‘Game-Changer’ At The Legislature

Some bills are still alive, with their fate to be decided in conference committees.

Lawmakers Fail To Fund Hawaii’s Ambitious Housing Plans — Again Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Fail To Fund Hawaii’s Ambitious Housing Plans — Again

Lowered revenue forecasts are deflating hopes during a legislative session that started with the potential for real change.

Here’s How Hawaiians Could Get Much-Needed Rental Housing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s How Hawaiians Could Get Much-Needed Rental Housing

While DHHL moves forward with housing plans, the relatively new Homestead Housing Authority says it can help, too.

Why Didn’t A Single Board Member Show Up To A Kakaako Housing Hearing? Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Why Didn’t A Single Board Member Show Up To A Kakaako Housing Hearing?

The absence of the Hawaii Community Development Authority board at a public hearing did not sit well with developers.