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Kevin Dayton

Senate Committee Advances Bill To Legalize Recreational Marijuana Flickr: Heath Alseike

Senate Committee Advances Bill To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Another bill approved by the committee would decriminalize possession of up to an ounce of cannabis.

The Fight Between Hawaii’s State Auditor And House Speaker Is Heating Up Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Fight Between Hawaii’s State Auditor And House Speaker Is Heating Up

State Auditor Les Kondo wants House Speaker Scott Saiki to suspend his review of his office’s operations.

State Lottery To Fund Public Education Moves Forward Flickr.com

State Lottery To Fund Public Education Moves Forward

The bill would create a commission to plan for a lottery to help pay for the university and public schools.

Proposal To Scrap Kauai’s Two-Test Protocol For Arriving Travelers Advances Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Proposal To Scrap Kauai’s Two-Test Protocol For Arriving Travelers Advances

Measure introduced by House Speaker Scott Saiki would prevent Kauai from requiring the extra test.

Saying ‘Labor Savings’ Are Still Needed, Ige Proposes Cuts To Pay, Benefits Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Saying ‘Labor Savings’ Are Still Needed, Ige Proposes Cuts To Pay, Benefits

The governor’s latest financial plan calls for $285 million in cuts to public employee costs over 2 years.

Proposed Cigarette Tax Increase Advances At Legislature Challiyil EswarChalakudy via Wikimedia Commons

Proposed Cigarette Tax Increase Advances At Legislature

Lawmakers consider a bill to increase the state tax from 16 cents per cigarette to 21 cents.

Hawaii Lawmakers Advance New Tax On Alcoholic Drinks Honolulu BeerWorks

Hawaii Lawmakers Advance New Tax On Alcoholic Drinks

The new state tax of 10 cents a drink would be in effect for the next three years, and raise about $62 million a year.

Maui Courts Go Remote After MCCC Inmates Test Positive Yoohyun Jung/Civil Beat

Maui Courts Go Remote After MCCC Inmates Test Positive

The unidentified inmates appeared in court and later tested positive for COIVD-19, a jail official said.

State Auditor: Protect The Agency’s Independence Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Auditor: Protect The Agency’s Independence

Among other things, State Auditor Les Kondo is concerned about the types of records being requested as well as the extent of the investigation.