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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.

Hawaii Supreme Court Ends Early Release Of Inmates Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Supreme Court Ends Early Release Of Inmates

State public defenders can still petition the courts to release clients early, but attorneys will have to do so on an individual basis.

HMSA’s Mark Mugiishi To Chair State Redistricting Panel Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HMSA’s Mark Mugiishi To Chair State Redistricting Panel

UPDATED: The decision came after a 6-2 vote Tuesday with some concerns raised about the process.

Hawaii House Will Likely Delay Pay Raises Until 2023 Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii House Will Likely Delay Pay Raises Until 2023

Speaker Scott Saiki uses “gut-and-replace” to try to postpone salary increases for state officials, but it’s unclear what the Senate might do.

Police Shootings Board Is Still Doing Nothing As Cases Pile Up Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Police Shootings Board Is Still Doing Nothing As Cases Pile Up

The eight-member board is now down three members and still has no clear plan on when to resume business.