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Noisy Start For Legislators’ Busy Tuesday Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Noisy Start For Legislators’ Busy Tuesday

Opponents of a water bill allowing stream diversions make their presence known as senators prepare to vote on the measure.
Health Insurance Provider Liquidated Olja Latinovic/Flickr.com

Health Insurance Provider Liquidated

A Hawaii health insurance provider for 420 employer groups was liquidated Thursday — and employers have 30 days to find new coverage.
Bill Requiring Surprise Care Home Inspections Moves Ahead Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill Requiring Surprise Care Home Inspections Moves Ahead

House Finance Committee members expressed concerns about unannounced visits, but still sent the measure to the full House.
Bill To Ban Hawaii’s Ivory Trade Heads To Full House Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill To Ban Hawaii’s Ivory Trade Heads To Full House

The measure received unanimous support in a House committee despite testimony that it would harm some local shopkeepers.
Is It Time To Decriminalize All Drugs? Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Is It Time To Decriminalize All Drugs?

State lawmakers want the Legislative Reference Bureau to look into decriminalization and whether it's a good idea for the Aloha State.
Ferry Bill Clears First House Committee Flickr: Bill Sodeman

Ferry Bill Clears First House Committee

A proposal to study the plausibility of bringing back an interisland ferry system cleared its first hurdle in the House this week.
Why The Big Island Is So Unhealthy Olja Latinovic/Flickr.com

Why The Big Island Is So Unhealthy

In a national study of health at the county level, Oahu ranks highest in the Aloha State and the Big Island lowest.
Lawmakers Lauded For Gun Bills Pixabay

Lawmakers Lauded For Gun Bills

Bills that passed the House on Tuesday caught the attention of Gabrielle Giffords, the former congressman who survived being shot in the head.
Senate Kills Last Bill That Would’ve Reformed Judiciary Renewal Process Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senate Kills Last Bill That Would’ve Reformed Judiciary Renewal Process

After encountering overwhelming criticism, all three of Sen. Gilbert Keith-Agaran's bills to change the way judges are chosen and retained have died.