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The two voting reform measures were a top priority for the Legislature this year.
But bills to decriminalize the use of pot, allow mail-in balloting, create a new state prison oversight commission and provide funds to replace aging Aloha Stadium will all become law.
The two measures are among 20 bills total Hawaii’s governor indicates he will not allow to become law.
Some senators question why the agency charged with providing homes for Native Hawaiian beneficiaries must also manage so much land where building can’t occur.
UPDATED: Opponents of taxes on real estate trusts and vacation rentals couldn’t kill the bills last session, while a retirement savings program was rejected despite AARP support.
Blake Tek Yoon, whose criminal past stirred skepticism about his plans, had announced he would sell his Kahala home and donate the proceeds. Now the money seems to be going to creditors.
Even though most think athletics enhances the university’s image, they don’t want to pay higher fees.
The Honolulu mayor wants the City Council to consider a new vacancy tax and an increase in the property tax for certain high-end parcels.
The development company was one of the opponents of a tax on real estate investment trusts, which nevertheless was approved and is now on the governor’s desk.
UPDATED: But some employees felt coerced to support Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda’s confirmation, the Ethics Commission writes in a guidance letter to Jodie Maesaka-Hirata.
There’s no strike yet, but hotel workers authorized one should contract negotiations fall through.