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Senate Closes The 2019 Session With Some Sharp Divisions Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

Senate Closes The 2019 Session With Some Sharp Divisions

The state House adjourned while highlighting its successes. The Senate, meanwhile, is left reflecting on its compromises and splits.
Airbnb Bill: Where Lawmakers Live Determined How They Voted Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Airbnb Bill: Where Lawmakers Live Determined How They Voted

Legislators from beachfront communities largely opposed the vacation rental bill, while support came from lawmakers who haven't seen a proliferation of the properties.
Chad Blair: Despite Legislative Setbacks, Ige Sees ‘Progress’ For His Agenda Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Despite Legislative Setbacks, Ige Sees ‘Progress’ For His Agenda

In the 2019 session many administration bills died, programs got less funding than sought and nominees faced tough grilling.
Bill To Expand Public Preschool Teed Up For Full Senate Vote Flickr.com

Bill To Expand Public Preschool Teed Up For Full Senate Vote

Legislation that bolsters the early learning office's control over public pre-K also includes a substantial amount of funding to other DOE programs.
More Fiscal Transparency Appears On The Way For Charter Schools Cory Lum/Civil Beat

More Fiscal Transparency Appears On The Way For Charter Schools

Some charter school leaders say the bill detracted from what's most important: more funding for their schools.
Bill To Expand Public Preschool Teed Up For Full Senate Vote Flickr.com

Bill To Expand Public Preschool Teed Up For Full Senate Vote

Legislation that bolsters the early learning office's control over public pre-K also includes a substantial amount of funding to other DOE programs.
Iconic Hawaii Properties Could Soon Pay More Taxes Flickr.com

Iconic Hawaii Properties Could Soon Pay More Taxes

Hawaii legislators voted overwhelmingly to impose a new corporate tax on real estate investment trusts, but now it's up to the governor to decide.
Hawaii Senate Narrowly Votes To Tax Airbnb Rentals Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Senate Narrowly Votes To Tax Airbnb Rentals

If signed by the governor, Airbnb and HomeAway could act as tax collectors on behalf of the state.
Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Passes Final Vote Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Passes Final Vote

House Bill 1383 would remove criminal penalties for possessing three grams or less of pakalolo.
Bills For All-Mail Voting, Mandatory Recounts Clear Legislature Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Bills For All-Mail Voting, Mandatory Recounts Clear Legislature

House Bill 1248 to implement an all-mail voting system and Senate Bill 216 to mandate recounts will now go to Gov. David Ige's desk for a final approval.