Both the House and Senate seem open to the idea of releasing more minor offenders without bail.
The salary commission approved the wage hikes two years ago but critics now question the optics of government officials getting pay raises during an economic crisis.
Speaker Scott Saiki says the House must act after a formal complaint was filed over Rep. Sharon Har’s arrest.
Money from the $1.6 billion American Rescue Plan could be used to continue paying into state employees’ retirements fund, something the governor had suspended.
The federal COVID-19 bailout and strong objections from constituents are helping to sink the bill.
While both proposals appear dead on arrival in the House, lawmakers will still consider scores of other measures related to abortions, taxes and housing development.
U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz predicts it will prevent layoffs and furloughs, and have a major impact on the state economy.