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Senate Closes The 2019 Session With Some Sharp Divisions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senate Closes The 2019 Session With Some Sharp Divisions

The state House adjourned while highlighting its successes. The Senate, meanwhile, is left reflecting on its compromises and splits.

DHHL Needs Help Killing Feral Cattle

DHHL Needs Help Killing Feral Cattle

Herds of wild cows on the slopes of Mauna Kea are contributing to rapid ohia death and spreading invasive species, the department says.

Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Passes Final Vote Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Passes Final Vote

House Bill 1383 would remove criminal penalties for possessing three grams or less of pakalolo.

Bills For All-Mail Voting, Mandatory Recounts Clear Legislature Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Bills For All-Mail Voting, Mandatory Recounts Clear Legislature

House Bill 1248 to implement an all-mail voting system and Senate Bill 216 to mandate recounts will now go to Gov. David Ige’s desk for a final approval.

Why The Police Misconduct Bill Failed To Pass The Legislature — Again Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why The Police Misconduct Bill Failed To Pass The Legislature — Again

One lawmaker says the bill was too complex to pass this year. But another says the political will still just isn’t there.

Lawmakers Shoot Down Airbnb Tax But Agree To Tax Big Real Estate Investments Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Shoot Down Airbnb Tax But Agree To Tax Big Real Estate Investments

A groundbreaking bill to collect revenue from real estate investment trusts moves ahead, but a plan to tax vacation rentals falls short.

Legislature Cuts Size Of UH Regents Board Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Legislature Cuts Size Of UH Regents Board

House Bill 398 will reduce the numbers on the board from 15 to 11 and restructure the distribution of regents on Oahu.

A Flurry Of Deal-Making At The Hawaii Legislature As End Of Session Looms Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A Flurry Of Deal-Making At The Hawaii Legislature As End Of Session Looms

Updated Friday 4/26/2019: Stay tuned. More decisions are coming Friday, the deadline for bills to clear conference committee.

Lawmakers Pass Executive Budget Leftovers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Pass Executive Budget Leftovers

The more than $19.7 million appropriation in House Bill 116 is in addition to a $16 billion spending plan approved in March.

Bill To Catch More Drugs Under DUI Law Dies Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill To Catch More Drugs Under DUI Law Dies

House and Senate conferees decided to roll over Senate Bill 641 to next year.

Hawaii Could Allow Alternate Sex Designation on Drivers Licenses Blaze Lovell/CivilBeat

Hawaii Could Allow Alternate Sex Designation on Drivers Licenses

The Aloha State could join four others in allowing gender neutral designations if House Bill 1165 becomes law.

Senate Votes To Keep Nolan Espinda As Public Safety Chief Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senate Votes To Keep Nolan Espinda As Public Safety Chief

UPDATED: Gov. David Ige had stood behind his embattled director amid concerns about jail overcrowding, fatal shootings and a recent riot.