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New County Hotel Tax Is Approved In Final Vote Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

New County Hotel Tax Is Approved In Final Vote

The Hawaii Legislature also approved a hefty rental car surcharge increase to squeeze more money out of tourists. The visitor industry is not pleased.

Hawaii Keeps US House Seats But Expects Delay In Redistricting Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Hawaii Keeps US House Seats But Expects Delay In Redistricting

A state panel tasked with redrawing political boundaries for the Legislature will likely miss deadlines because of a hold up in releasing federal data.

New Aloha Stadium Development May Finally Move Forward Courtesy: Crawford Architects

New Aloha Stadium Development May Finally Move Forward

The state is gathering ideas for development surrounding the stadium as lawmakers move ahead with giving the Stadium Authority more powers.

Hawaii Legislature Agrees To Defer Pay Raises Ahead Of Final Votes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Legislature Agrees To Defer Pay Raises Ahead Of Final Votes

Some of Hawaii’s public workers unions also tentatively agreed to forgo raises this year as lawmakers, Gov. David Ige’s cabinet and state judges do the same.

New Taxes, Tourism Funding Cuts Among Bills Pushed Through As Legislature Winds Down Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Taxes, Tourism Funding Cuts Among Bills Pushed Through As Legislature Winds Down

Lawmakers agreed on a number of measures Thursday that need full House and Senate approval and then Gov. David Ige’s signature.

Bail Reform Stalls In Hawaii Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Bail Reform Stalls In Hawaii Legislature

But lawmakers reached agreement Wednesday on a bill to limit the governor’s emergency powers.

Hawaii Asset Forfeiture Reform Appears Dead This Year Screenshot

Hawaii Asset Forfeiture Reform Appears Dead This Year

But lawmakers have agreed to let Honolulu shoulder the costs for emergency services.

Hawaii Plans Vaccine Passports For Interisland Travelers First Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii Plans Vaccine Passports For Interisland Travelers First

More details were expected to come in an announcement Tuesday. Meanwhile, the state has opened vaccine appointments for anyone who is at least 16 years old.

Lawmakers OK Fines For Pandemic Rule Violators Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers OK Fines For Pandemic Rule Violators

Lawmakers will convene next week to negotiate hundreds of bills that could end up on Gov. David Ige’s desk.