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Legislature Cuts Size Of UH Regents Board Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Legislature Cuts Size Of UH Regents Board

House Bill 398 will reduce the numbers on the board from 15 to 11 and restructure the distribution of regents on Oahu.

A Flurry Of Deal-Making At The Hawaii Legislature As End Of Session Looms Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A Flurry Of Deal-Making At The Hawaii Legislature As End Of Session Looms

Updated Friday 4/26/2019: Stay tuned. More decisions are coming Friday, the deadline for bills to clear conference committee.

Lawmakers Pass Executive Budget Leftovers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Pass Executive Budget Leftovers

The more than $19.7 million appropriation in House Bill 116 is in addition to a $16 billion spending plan approved in March.

Bill To Catch More Drugs Under DUI Law Dies Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill To Catch More Drugs Under DUI Law Dies

House and Senate conferees decided to roll over Senate Bill 641 to next year.

Hawaii Could Allow Alternate Sex Designation on Drivers Licenses Blaze Lovell/CivilBeat

Hawaii Could Allow Alternate Sex Designation on Drivers Licenses

The Aloha State could join four others in allowing gender neutral designations if House Bill 1165 becomes law.

Senate Votes To Keep Nolan Espinda As Public Safety Chief Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senate Votes To Keep Nolan Espinda As Public Safety Chief

UPDATED: Gov. David Ige had stood behind his embattled director amid concerns about jail overcrowding, fatal shootings and a recent riot.

Hawaii Takes Another Step Toward Statewide All-Mail Voting Flickr.com

Hawaii Takes Another Step Toward Statewide All-Mail Voting

A House-Senate conference committee approves the measure, and other election reform bills remain alive as well.

Lawmakers Pass Bill Giving Indoor Farmers Better Electric Rates

Lawmakers Pass Bill Giving Indoor Farmers Better Electric Rates

Hawaiian Electric Co. and the Hawaii Farm Bureau say that the potential rates may not be fair.

Neighborhood Board Elections Begin Friday City and County of Honolulu

Neighborhood Board Elections Begin Friday

Oahu residents will choose among more than 500 candidates to sit on 36 boards representing the island’s neighborhoods.

Senate Votes To Keep Aila As Deputy DHHL Director Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senate Votes To Keep Aila As Deputy DHHL Director

Five senators voted “no” on the renomination, saying the department needs to go in a new direction.

Minimum Wage Increase Could Help Over 200,000 Workers, Report Says Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Minimum Wage Increase Could Help Over 200,000 Workers, Report Says

The Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law & Economic Justice analyzed the demographics of workers who could be impacted by an increase.

Legislature Approves Spending Millions For Elderly Care Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Legislature Approves Spending Millions For Elderly Care

Funding for kupuna care programs were some of the outstanding big ticket items that weren’t included in the state’s operating budget in March.