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Senate Democratic Majority Leader J. Kalani English To Retire Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Senate Democratic Majority Leader J. Kalani English To Retire

UPDATED: The longtime lawmaker cites lingering effects of his COVID-19 infection late last year. He also wants Molokai Rep. Lynn DeCoite to succeed him.
Danny De Gracia: A Bill To Honor Juneteenth Is A Ripple In The Current Of Justice Getty Images/iStockphoto

Danny De Gracia: A Bill To Honor Juneteenth Is A Ripple In The Current Of Justice

Hawaii has a chance to rectify being one of only three states that does not honor the end of slavery in the United States.
Chad Blair: Marriage Equality Advocate Joins State Commission On Fatherhood Courtesy: Kelli Bullock Hergert of Kelli with an Eye Photography

Chad Blair: Marriage Equality Advocate Joins State Commission On Fatherhood

Jeff Esmond plans to draw on his own experience as a gay dad to help other families in similar situations.
New Aloha Stadium Development May Finally Move Forward Courtesy: Crawford Architects

New Aloha Stadium Development May Finally Move Forward

The state is gathering ideas for development surrounding the stadium as lawmakers move ahead with giving the Stadium Authority more powers.
John Pritchett: Hot Air John Pritchett/Civil Beat/2021

John Pritchett: Hot Air

Hawaii lawmakers are scheduled to conclude this year's session on Thursday. But lots of bills died and it's hard to think of much of substance that was accomplished.
Hawaii Legislature Agrees To Defer Pay Raises Ahead Of Final Votes Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii Legislature Agrees To Defer Pay Raises Ahead Of Final Votes

Some of Hawaii's public workers unions also tentatively agreed to forgo raises this year as lawmakers, Gov. David Ige's cabinet and state judges do the same.
New Taxes, Tourism Funding Cuts Among Bills Pushed Through As Legislature Winds Down Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Taxes, Tourism Funding Cuts Among Bills Pushed Through As Legislature Winds Down

Lawmakers agreed on a number of measures Thursday that need full House and Senate approval and then Gov. David Ige's signature.
House Speaker Expects Pay Raises For Lawmakers Will Be Deferred Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

House Speaker Expects Pay Raises For Lawmakers Will Be Deferred

But the House and Senate haven't yet reached a formal agreement to delay raises for judges, cabinet members and the Legislature.
Bail Reform Stalls In Hawaii Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Bail Reform Stalls In Hawaii Legislature

But lawmakers reached agreement Wednesday on a bill to limit the governor's emergency powers.
Automatic Voter Registration Bill Nears Final Approval Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

Automatic Voter Registration Bill Nears Final Approval

House and Senate conferees agreed on Wednesday to language in the legislation.