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Hawaii Takes Another Step Toward Statewide All-Mail Voting Flickr.com

Hawaii Takes Another Step Toward Statewide All-Mail Voting

A House-Senate conference committee approves the measure, and other election reform bills remain alive as well.

Lawmakers Pass Bill Giving Indoor Farmers Better Electric Rates

Lawmakers Pass Bill Giving Indoor Farmers Better Electric Rates

Hawaiian Electric Co. and the Hawaii Farm Bureau say that the potential rates may not be fair.

Neighborhood Board Elections Begin Friday City and County of Honolulu

Neighborhood Board Elections Begin Friday

Oahu residents will choose among more than 500 candidates to sit on 36 boards representing the island’s neighborhoods.

Senate Votes To Keep Aila As Deputy DHHL Director Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senate Votes To Keep Aila As Deputy DHHL Director

Five senators voted “no” on the renomination, saying the department needs to go in a new direction.

Minimum Wage Increase Could Help Over 200,000 Workers, Report Says Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Minimum Wage Increase Could Help Over 200,000 Workers, Report Says

The Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law & Economic Justice analyzed the demographics of workers who could be impacted by an increase.

Legislature Approves Spending Millions For Elderly Care Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Legislature Approves Spending Millions For Elderly Care

Funding for kupuna care programs were some of the outstanding big ticket items that weren’t included in the state’s operating budget in March.

Lawmakers Agree to Emergency Funds For Pali Highway Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Agree to Emergency Funds For Pali Highway

The $7 million approved by lawmakers Tuesday is less than half of the $15 million requested by the Senate in March.

Group Opposed To Taxing Billions In Real Estate Trusts Is A Big Spender At Capital Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Group Opposed To Taxing Billions In Real Estate Trusts Is A Big Spender At Capital

The national association supporting owners of some of Hawaii’s premier commercial locations spent $126,000 in two months — but a bill to tax them is still alive.

Waters Defeats Ozawa In Honolulu City Council Rematch Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Waters Defeats Ozawa In Honolulu City Council Rematch

After being outpolled by Trevor Ozawa by margins of 22 and 41 votes in prior contests, Tommy Waters won by 1,004 in the special election.

DLNR Worker Bought Truck Parts With State Money Flickr.com

DLNR Worker Bought Truck Parts With State Money

The maintenance worker on Kauai faces ethics charges and is expected to be fined $4,500.

Ige Stands By His Public Safety Chief After Senate Panel Calls For Espinda’s Ouster Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Stands By His Public Safety Chief After Senate Panel Calls For Espinda’s Ouster

UPDATED:  A Senate committee harshly criticized Nolan Espinda’s leadership of Hawaii’s prisons and the Sheriff Division.

Hawaii AG Breezes Through Committee Vote Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii AG Breezes Through Committee Vote

Attorney General Clare Connors had no worries heading into a vote from the Senate Judiciary Committee.