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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.

$3M Settlement After Rock Slide Adds To Taxpayers’ Legal Bill Flickr.com

$3M Settlement After Rock Slide Adds To Taxpayers’ Legal Bill

The tab keeps rising for settlements that the Hawaii Legislature must still approve this session.

Planning For New Stadium Assumes It Would Be Built In Halawa Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Planning For New Stadium Assumes It Would Be Built In Halawa

The current site of Aloha Stadium is the preferred site for construction of a new facility that would include an adjacent business district.

State Ohana Zone Money Is Beginning To Produce Housing, Services Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Ohana Zone Money Is Beginning To Produce Housing, Services

Catholic Charities is getting $7.5 million to develop a 78-unit facility to serve the homeless on the Leeward Coast.

State Withholds Names Of Inmates Transferred After Maui Riot Department of Public Safety

State Withholds Names Of Inmates Transferred After Maui Riot

A total of 37 prisoners were flown to Oahu after their suspected involvement in the disturbance, but five have been returned to Maui.

Lawmakers Looking Closely At Public Safety Director’s Performance Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Looking Closely At Public Safety Director’s Performance

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.

Maui Riot Just The Latest Sign Of Trouble In State’s Overcrowded Jails Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Maui Riot Just The Latest Sign Of Trouble In State’s Overcrowded Jails

Pretrial detainees make up a big part of the inmate population. Meanwhile, most proposed reforms appear dead in Legislature.

21 Maui Inmates Transferred to Halawa After Riot Cory Lum/Civil Beat

21 Maui Inmates Transferred to Halawa After Riot

UPDATED: The pretrial detainees were upset about jail overcrowding, according to Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda.