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Almost Half The Senate Signs On To Bill To Legalize Recreational Marijuana Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Almost Half The Senate Signs On To Bill To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

The prospects are promising for the measure in the 25-member Senate, but Gov. David Ige opposes legalization.

Dozens Of Proposed Bills Could Change The Way We Vote Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Dozens Of Proposed Bills Could Change The Way We Vote

Recounts in close elections, all-mail balloting and easing the voter registration process are among the measures this session.

If Mayor Caldwell Has His Way You Couldn’t Turn Right On A Red Light Anymore Cory Lum/Civil Beat

If Mayor Caldwell Has His Way You Couldn’t Turn Right On A Red Light Anymore

The Honolulu mayor says the change — on Oahu only — would make it safer for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Supreme Court Invalidates Ozawa-Waters Election Result Courtesy of the candidates

Supreme Court Invalidates Ozawa-Waters Election Result

UPDATED: A new Honolulu City Council District 4 election will be held within four months, with the council planning to appoint an interim representative for now.

Judge Dismisses Suit Challenging Gut-And-Replace Legislation Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Judge Dismisses Suit Challenging Gut-And-Replace Legislation

UPDATED: Common Cause and the League of Women Voters say they plan to appeal the Circuit Court ruling.

Bail Reform Could Get Serious Consideration From Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bail Reform Could Get Serious Consideration From Legislature

A task force proposed reducing the number of pretrial inmates who remain incarcerated because they can’t afford the bail amount.

Sen. Kai Kahele Gets A Jump On 2020 In Announcing Congressional Bid Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Sen. Kai Kahele Gets A Jump On 2020 In Announcing Congressional Bid

The Hilo legislator said he’ll campaign for the seat currently held by Tulsi Gabbard.

Bill Would Lower Voting Age To 16 For State And Local Elections Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill Would Lower Voting Age To 16 For State And Local Elections

The proposed constitutional amendment represents the latest effort to expand the electorate. Earlier attempts haven’t gone far.

Gov. Ige’s Administrative Director Is Now Also His Chief Of Staff Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Gov. Ige’s Administrative Director Is Now Also His Chief Of Staff

Ford Fuchigami will have dual roles in the governor’s office, and former Chief of Staff Mike McCartney has been picked to lead the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.

Minimum Wage Hike Gets Immediate Support As Legislature Convenes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Minimum Wage Hike Gets Immediate Support As Legislature Convenes

UPDATED: Disaster relief for Kauai and the Big Island and addressing illegal vacation rentals are also top priorities.

Supreme Court Focuses On Late Mail Ballots In Ozawa-Waters Vote Challenge Natanya Friedheim/ Civil Beat

Supreme Court Focuses On Late Mail Ballots In Ozawa-Waters Vote Challenge

Until the justices rule, there is no Honolulu City Council member representing District 4.

Court Demands Mail Ballot Information In Challenges To Ozawa Victory Courtesy of the candidates

Court Demands Mail Ballot Information In Challenges To Ozawa Victory

City Council candidate Tommy Waters and a group of East Honolulu residents question what happened with late-arriving ballots.