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Sugar Cane: Another Season of Smoke Looms Over Maui Courtesy of Maui Tomorrow Foundation

Sugar Cane: Another Season of Smoke Looms Over Maui

Opponents decry effects on health and tourism, but field burning by the only sugar plantation left on Maui doesn't violate clean-air standards, state says.
Hawaii Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights Deferred Another Year PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Hawaii Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights Deferred Another Year

A Senate committee decides the proposed constitutional amendment was flawed and expects a new version next session.
Medi-Pot Dispensary Bill Moves on to Full House Flickr.com

Medi-Pot Dispensary Bill Moves on to Full House

Several medical marijuana and decriminalization bills remain alive in the Hawaii Legislature, but outright legalization bills didn't make it.
Early Education, After-School Bills Clear Senate Committee Alia Wong/Civil Beat

Early Education, After-School Bills Clear Senate Committee

One measure would fund Preschool Open Doors Program, which was inadvertently left out of the governor's budget.
Another Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Clears a Senate Committee Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Another Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Clears a Senate Committee

Opponents decry the possible impact on youths, but supporters say the proposal would help teens avoid criminal convictions.
Media Shield Law 2015: Who’s Really a Journalist? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Media Shield Law 2015: Who’s Really a Journalist?

Same debate as 2013 and the opposition is still over the same thing: how do you define a journalist that deserves protection under the law?
Civil Cafe: Marijuana Debate Heats Up in Hawaii Gene Park/Civil Beat

Civil Cafe: Marijuana Debate Heats Up in Hawaii

As legislators consider bills ranging from establishment of medical dispensaries to outright legalization, panel members weigh in on all sides.
Lawmakers Look to Preserve Subsidies for Preschoolers PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Look to Preserve Subsidies for Preschoolers

Funding to continue the Preschool Open Doors Program passes out of two Senate committees.
Farm to School Bills Aim to Teach Students to Produce Own Food Flickr.com: Brock Rosberry

Farm to School Bills Aim to Teach Students to Produce Own Food

Similar proposals in the state Senate and House take steps forward Wednesday.