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Here’s What’s Not Passing The Hawaii Legislature This Year Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s What’s Not Passing The Hawaii Legislature This Year

Inmates won’t get to vote, many Hawaii prisoners won’t be coming home from Arizona and citizens still won’t be able to put measures on the ballot.

Gut And Replace Resurfaces At Hawaii Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Gut And Replace Resurfaces At Hawaii Legislature

The Senate Ways and Means Committee altered the contents of several bills with little public notice, including one that would raise taxes and another that affects Big Island disaster relief.

‘It’s More Than Pay’: The Plight Of UH Grad Assistants Blaze Lovell/CivilBeat

‘It’s More Than Pay’: The Plight Of UH Grad Assistants

The students want a union, but UH argues that a union will not resolve issues like workplace harassment, low wages or unfair treatment.

Some Pot Bills Are Still Alive, But Recreational Use Looks Like A Nonstarter Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Some Pot Bills Are Still Alive, But Recreational Use Looks Like A Nonstarter

Measures that still have a shot would allow sales of edibles at medical marijuana dispensaries and protect medical users from workplace discrimination.

Two Honolulu Police Shootings In Less Than A Day, One Of Them Fatal Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Two Honolulu Police Shootings In Less Than A Day, One Of Them Fatal

UPDATED: The fatal shooting involved a man who attempted to ram an officer with his truck in Mililani, police said. Hours later, officers shot a suspect in Waikele.

Man Dies After ‘Extreme Struggle’ With Deputy Sheriff Outside Hawaii Capitol AP

Man Dies After ‘Extreme Struggle’ With Deputy Sheriff Outside Hawaii Capitol

The man was shot in the torso after he attacked the officer, said state Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda.

Kirk Caldwell’s Side Job At The Bank Would Be Outlawed Under This Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kirk Caldwell’s Side Job At The Bank Would Be Outlawed Under This Bill

UPDATED: House Speaker Scott Saiki’s anti-moonlighting bill would apply to the governor as well as Hawaii’s mayors.

City Councilwoman Calls For Forensic Audit Of Honolulu Rail Project Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Councilwoman Calls For Forensic Audit Of Honolulu Rail Project

UPDATED: Heidi Tsuneyoshi wants an independent probe to determine if public money has been misappropriated and if project officials have acted illegally.

Taxpayers Hit With $1.1 Million Tab After State Settles Lawsuits Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Taxpayers Hit With $1.1 Million Tab After State Settles Lawsuits

The bill presented to the Legislature includes the legal fees of religious groups providing pregnancy services that sued the state.

Effort To Pump Up Voter Interest In Elections Goes Nowhere In Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Effort To Pump Up Voter Interest In Elections Goes Nowhere In Legislature

Bills that would have advanced the top two primary vote-getters to the general election regardless of political party appear to have died.

Report: Far Fewer HPD Officers Were Fired Or Suspended Last Year Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Report: Far Fewer HPD Officers Were Fired Or Suspended Last Year

Those recommended for discharge often end up keeping their jobs through arbitration. That’s what happened with eight officers whose cases closed in 2017.

Kauai, Big Island Mayors Dubious About Raising Minimum Wage Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kauai, Big Island Mayors Dubious About Raising Minimum Wage

Honolulu’s mayor supports the pay increase, but leaders of islands hit hard by disasters last year say now is not the time.