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Hawaii Could Have Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Next Year Flickr.com

Hawaii Could Have Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Next Year

The dispensary bill passed two Senate committees with amendments that move up the time frame for implementation.
Pay Hawaii Teachers More? State Study Proposed

Pay Hawaii Teachers More? State Study Proposed

Honolulu teachers have the lowest median salary of 60 major U.S. metropolitan areas when adjusted for the cost of living.
Bill Encourages Students to Consider Careers in Farming Flickr.com: Brock Rosberry

Bill Encourages Students to Consider Careers in Farming

Legislation would establish program to train teachers and administrations to promote agricultural self-sufficiency.
Why Do So Many People in Hawaii Do Their Parking Backwards? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Do So Many People in Hawaii Do Their Parking Backwards?

Some say it’s safer, others say it’s inconsiderate. But it’s happening on a large scale in the islands, where people may be more willing to take it slow and delay gratification.

Hawaii Educators, Legislators Discuss Need for Universal Preschool Flickr: Grant Barrett

Hawaii Educators, Legislators Discuss Need for Universal Preschool

A new federal grant will help, but for now the focus remains on serving children from low-income families.
State, City Looking to Crack Down on Illegal Vacation Rentals Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State, City Looking to Crack Down on Illegal Vacation Rentals

Efforts are under way at the Legislature and across the street at Honolulu Hale. High housing prices are partially blamed on short-term rentals.
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?