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Senate Takes No Action On Water Rights Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senate Takes No Action On Water Rights Bill

Leaders say House Bill 1326 is dead for certain in the 2019 session, which wraps Thursday.

Chad Blair: Last Chance For The Water Rights Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Last Chance For The Water Rights Bill

The Senate has only Tuesday to revive the contentious legislation. But a related court case remains in limbo.

Donovan Dela Cruz Plays Hardball With Foes Of The Airbnb Tax Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Donovan Dela Cruz Plays Hardball With Foes Of The Airbnb Tax

The Senate Ways and Means chairman is threatening to kill 15 other bills in order to get senators to flip their votes and revive Senate Bill 1292.

Asset Forfeiture Reform Measure On Ige’s Desk Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Asset Forfeiture Reform Measure On Ige’s Desk

The legislation would prohibit the practice except in cases where property owners are convicted of felonies.

Bill Would Protect Rays But Not Sharks Alana Eagle/Civil Beat

Bill Would Protect Rays But Not Sharks

The apex predators were removed under pressure from researchers.

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.

Minimum Wage Increase Dead For 2019 Session Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Minimum Wage Increase Dead For 2019 Session

Concerns about different rates of increase and the impact to employer health care plans scuttled a deal.

Hawaii Ag Department Likely To Get Hemp Program Jorene Barut

Hawaii Ag Department Likely To Get Hemp Program

Farmers now have the opportunity to participate in a national $22 billion industry.

Ariyoshi To Be Honored With Aloha Order Of Merit Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ariyoshi To Be Honored With Aloha Order Of Merit

The former Hawaii governor served from 1974 to 1986.

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.

Hawaii Poised To Create Surfing Commission Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii Poised To Create Surfing Commission

State House and Senate conferees advance legislation to a final vote.

Lost Your Firearm? You Have To Report It Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lost Your Firearm? You Have To Report It

Hawaii’s governor signed the enabling legislation into law Wednesday.