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Supporters Of Uber And Taxis Battle At Honolulu Hale And The Capitol Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Supporters Of Uber And Taxis Battle At Honolulu Hale And The Capitol

Uber says it'll be forced out if ride-hailing operations that use smart phone apps and part-time drivers are regulated like taxi companies.
Maui Senators Raise Funds Together Flickr: Tax Credits

Maui Senators Raise Funds Together

State lawmakers Roz Baker and Gil Keith-Agaran seek campaign cash during the legislative session.
Bill To Ban Hawaii’s Ivory Trade Heads To Full House Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill To Ban Hawaii’s Ivory Trade Heads To Full House

The measure received unanimous support in a House committee despite testimony that it would harm some local shopkeepers.
Affordable Housing Bills Inch Closer To Passage At Hawaii Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Affordable Housing Bills Inch Closer To Passage At Hawaii Legislature

The measures, which also target homelessness, await a full Senate floor vote before heading back to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Is It Time To Decriminalize All Drugs? Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Is It Time To Decriminalize All Drugs?

State lawmakers want the Legislative Reference Bureau to look into decriminalization and whether it's a good idea for the Aloha State.
AARP ‘Airs’ Caregiver Bills At Capitol

AARP ‘Airs’ Caregiver Bills At Capitol

The kupuna advocacy group held live radio interviews with legislators in the Rotunda to raise support for care legislation.
Police Certification Takes Hold Back East Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Police Certification Takes Hold Back East

Massachusetts is getting closer to implementing a certification program for police officers, which experts say can lead to better accountability.
When Can You Drive Stoned? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

When Can You Drive Stoned?

Hawaii House lawmakers want the state Department of Health to determine when it's not safe to smoke pot and operate a motor vehicle.

Rep. Luke And Colleagues Raise Cash Flickr: Tax Credits

Rep. Luke And Colleagues Raise Cash

UPDATED: Five members of the Hawaii House of Representatives held a joint fundraiser Monday night.
Senate Panel Nixes Proposal To Ease Campaign-To-Campaign Donations Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senate Panel Nixes Proposal To Ease Campaign-To-Campaign Donations

Hawaii candidates will not be able to give their campaign money directly to other campaigns, but they can still buy tickets to other politicians' fundraisers.