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But there was no action on a controversial measure — stymied for now — that would allow continued diversion of stream water.
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.
The House Finance Committee instead approved spending $2.5 million a year to continue offering the aid to community college students.
Nolan Espinda faces two more days of committee hearings before his reconfirmation will be considered by the full Senate.
Under a measure that has already passed the Senate, legislators are looking to get out in front of new trends in drug-taking.
The tab keeps rising for settlements that the Hawaii Legislature must still approve this session.
The current site of Aloha Stadium is the preferred site for construction of a new facility that would include an adjacent business district.
Catholic Charities is getting $7.5 million to develop a 78-unit facility to serve the homeless on the Leeward Coast.
A total of 37 prisoners were flown to Oahu after their suspected involvement in the disturbance, but five have been returned to Maui.
Nolan Espinda’s work record will be the subject of a public hearing, and he’s also expected to meet with Senate Democrats next week.
Pretrial detainees make up a big part of the inmate population. Meanwhile, most proposed reforms appear dead in Legislature.