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Rebuilding Lahaina: An Oversight Board, A Dedicated Tax Stream, Even A Bank Hawaii Senate/2024

Rebuilding Lahaina: An Oversight Board, A Dedicated Tax Stream, Even A Bank

Lawmakers are considering a number of bills that aim to play a role in the West Maui town's recovery after the Aug. 8 fires.

Beth Fukumoto: Interested In Tracking Certain Topics This Legislative Session? Follow The Caucus Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Beth Fukumoto: Interested In Tracking Certain Topics This Legislative Session? Follow The Caucus

Bills attached to specific interest groups often stand a higher chance of advancing because of their collective power.

Senate Committee Scraps Bill To Cut The Pay Of Hawaii Corrections Oversight Coordinator David Croxford/Civil Beat/2023

Senate Committee Scraps Bill To Cut The Pay Of Hawaii Corrections Oversight Coordinator

Both county prosecutors and the Hawaii Public Defender's Office urged lawmakers to reject the bill, which would have singled out a staff member at one agency.

Senators Move To Cut The Pay Of The Top Staffer On Hawaii’s Prison Oversight Commission Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Senators Move To Cut The Pay Of The Top Staffer On Hawaii’s Prison Oversight Commission

Critics of the bill say it's the latest in a series of moves to undermine or defund the panel, which has drawn attention to major problems and the need for reforms.

House GOP Champions ‘Common Sense’ Bills, Conservative Values Kevin Fujii/Civil Beat/2024

House GOP Champions ‘Common Sense’ Bills, Conservative Values

Measures include paid family leave, term limits and tax breaks for Hawaii. But other bills call for death to sex traffickers, teaching of fetal growth and open carry of handguns.

State Buildings, UH Campuses May Provide Period Products For Free Gabriela Cervantes/Civil Beat/2024

State Buildings, UH Campuses May Provide Period Products For Free

Supporters say it would be an important step toward gender equity since too many people aren't able to buy menstrual products.

Bills To Monitor Maui’s Air And Water Quality After The Lahaina Disaster Are Moving Forward Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat/2024

Bills To Monitor Maui’s Air And Water Quality After The Lahaina Disaster Are Moving Forward

The measures aim to keep that effort going after the debris removal from the wildfires ends.

Hawaii’s Governor Wants To Finally Get A Climate Fee Passed, But Will It Be Enough? Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat/2022

Hawaii’s Governor Wants To Finally Get A Climate Fee Passed, But Will It Be Enough?

The state is falling short by hundreds of millions of dollars each year to protect its environment, conservationists say. The new proposal would raise about $70 million annually.

Hawaii Lawmakers Consider Banning Excited Delirium As A Cause Of Death Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

Hawaii Lawmakers Consider Banning Excited Delirium As A Cause Of Death

The term already isn't being used by the Medical Examiner's Office and most doctors, officials said. But advocates want to ban it officially.

HECO-Backed Bill Would Help Protect Utilities From Litigation Over Wildfire Damage Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat/2023

HECO-Backed Bill Would Help Protect Utilities From Litigation Over Wildfire Damage

Utilities, insurers, large landowners and the state would pay into a "wildfire relief fund" to help pay for property damage claims.