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SB 555: The Last Bill Standing to Give Low-Income People a Tax Credit Cory Lum/Civil Beat

SB 555: The Last Bill Standing to Give Low-Income People a Tax Credit

Other tax credit proposals are dead for another session, while the push to extend the general excise tax for rail is very much alive.
Should Undocumented Immigrants Be Able to Get Driver’s Licenses? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Should Undocumented Immigrants Be Able to Get Driver’s Licenses?

Under House Bill 1007, residents could apply for a limited purpose Hawaii driver's license without showing proof of U.S. citizenship. Supporters say it would assist anyone with ID problems, and make the roads safer for everyone.
Kupuna Care Funding on the Line as Legislators Consider Bill Vinoth Chandar/Flickr.com

Kupuna Care Funding on the Line as Legislators Consider Bill

Measure seeks to increase spending on services to help Hawaii's growing senior population. It's the subject of a hearing Tuesday.
Hawaii May Become First State to Raise Smoking Age to 21 Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Hawaii May Become First State to Raise Smoking Age to 21

UPDATE: Legislature sends bill to governor that would prohibit those under 21 from buying tobacco products or smoking them in public.
Attempts to Crack Down on Smoking Still Alive in Legislature PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Attempts to Crack Down on Smoking Still Alive in Legislature

The bills lump e-cigarettes in with other tobacco products. One already awaits the governor's signature, while others are in conference committee.
Supporters of Bill Requiring Autism Coverage Say This is the Year Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Supporters of Bill Requiring Autism Coverage Say This is the Year

This is the four straight session in which the Legislature has considered requiring insurance companies to help pay for treatment.
State Likely to Pay $30K After Student Forced to Run on Treadmill Collapses

State Likely to Pay $30K After Student Forced to Run on Treadmill Collapses

Kailua High staff had special ed student exercise to combat "extreme" behavior, Attorney General's Office tells Legislature.
Rep. Matt LoPresti Home After Suffering Chest Pains

Rep. Matt LoPresti Home After Suffering Chest Pains

The District 41 state representative was taken to the hospital by ambulance early Friday.
Where Did HSTA Stand on Resolutions to Increase Teacher Pay? Meliha Gojak/iStock

Where Did HSTA Stand on Resolutions to Increase Teacher Pay?

UPDATED: The union offered comment but not outright support. Some educators think the proposals would have helped.
Are There More Guns Than People in Hawaii? Marina Riker/Civil Beat

Are There More Guns Than People in Hawaii?

Gun ownership has grown by 300 percent in the last 15 years with more than 400,000 guns registered in Hawaii.
Can Hawaii Public Officials Use Private Email Accounts for Work? iStock

Can Hawaii Public Officials Use Private Email Accounts for Work?

Hillary Clinton's controversial use of private email for most of her time as Secretary of State raises the question of email policy for public officials in Hawaii.
Lawmakers Take Another Step to Restore Preschool Money PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Take Another Step to Restore Preschool Money

Preschool Open Doors helps hundreds of Hawaii families but was left out of the budget mix. Lawmakers are working to fix the mistake.