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Blaze Lovell

Lawmakers Agree to Emergency Funds For Pali Highway Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Agree to Emergency Funds For Pali Highway

The $7 million approved by lawmakers Tuesday is less than half of the $15 million requested by the Senate in March.

Group Opposed To Taxing Billions In Real Estate Trusts Is A Big Spender At Capital Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Group Opposed To Taxing Billions In Real Estate Trusts Is A Big Spender At Capital

The national association supporting owners of some of Hawaii’s premier commercial locations spent $126,000 in two months — but a bill to tax them is still alive.

Waters Defeats Ozawa In Honolulu City Council Rematch Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Waters Defeats Ozawa In Honolulu City Council Rematch

After being outpolled by Trevor Ozawa by margins of 22 and 41 votes in prior contests, Tommy Waters won by 1,004 in the special election.

DLNR Worker Bought Truck Parts With State Money Flickr.com

DLNR Worker Bought Truck Parts With State Money

The maintenance worker on Kauai faces ethics charges and is expected to be fined $4,500.

Ige Stands By His Public Safety Chief After Senate Panel Calls For Espinda’s Ouster Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Stands By His Public Safety Chief After Senate Panel Calls For Espinda’s Ouster

UPDATED:  A Senate committee harshly criticized Nolan Espinda’s leadership of Hawaii’s prisons and the Sheriff Division.

Hawaii AG Breezes Through Committee Vote Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii AG Breezes Through Committee Vote

Attorney General Clare Connors had no worries heading into a vote from the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Senators’ Questions About Jail Riot, Shootings Go Unanswered Blaze Lovell/CivilBeat

Senators’ Questions About Jail Riot, Shootings Go Unanswered

Committee members grow frustrated during a second hearing on the renomination of Nolan Espinda as director of the Department of Public Safety.

Minimum Wage Increase Among Hundreds Of Bills Moving Forward Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Minimum Wage Increase Among Hundreds Of Bills Moving Forward

But there was no action on a controversial measure — stymied for now — that would allow continued diversion of stream water.

Bills Lighten Up On Pot Possession, But Add Penalties For Drugged Driving Flickr.com/cagrimmett

Bills Lighten Up On Pot Possession, But Add Penalties For Drugged Driving

A Senate committee passed a measure to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, while a House committee voted to add penalties for drugged drivers.

UH Loses Bid To Expand Scholarship Program To 4-Year Campuses PF Bentley/Civil Beat

UH Loses Bid To Expand Scholarship Program To 4-Year Campuses

The House Finance Committee instead approved spending $2.5 million a year to continue offering the aid to community college students.

Senators’ Scrutiny Of Public Safety Chief Will Stretch Into Next Week Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senators’ Scrutiny Of Public Safety Chief Will Stretch Into Next Week

Nolan Espinda faces two more days of committee hearings before his reconfirmation will be considered by the full Senate.

Bill Would Criminalize Driving Under The Influence Of … Almost Anything Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill Would Criminalize Driving Under The Influence Of … Almost Anything

Under a measure that has already passed the Senate, legislators are looking to get out in front of new trends in drug-taking.