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Florence Puana, 99, will be deposed in case she is unable to testify during the corruption trial of Katherine and Louis Kealoha.
The committee passed another bill that would raise fines for underage possession of e-cigarettes and raise taxes on e-cigarettes and e-liquids.
But Anthony Apuron remains a priest, and some victims and their advocates called his ouster as archbishop inadequate punishment.
Authorities said he accepted a bribe from a Honolulu company in exchange for $7.8 million in government contracts.
It includes $20 million in grants and $40 million in loans that the federal money is expected to cover.
Students testified to legislators that their classmates were vaping in bathrooms and isolated corners of campuses.
Details must still be worked out regarding whether Honolulu or the federal government will cover the former police chief’s legal costs.
Hawaii would have been the first to impose the prohibitions at a statewide level.
Dozens of cities have banned plastic foam containers, but the Legislature is considering bills for a statewide ban.
The federal high court declined to hear the appeal of a Hawaii operator of a B&B who was found to have discriminated.
Meanwhile, the second scheduled trial on bank fraud charges against the couple was pushed back to October. The first trial in the corruption scandal was earlier pushed back to May.
A bill that passed in the Senate stalled in a House committee whose chairman said decisions about sanctuary status should be up to the counties.