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Gov. David Ige faced a heavy lobbying campaign from both sides on a bill phasing out commercial collection of fish for the aquarium industry.
After balking two years ago, state officials now feel there are sufficient safeguards to prevent private-paying clients from displacing those on Medicaid.
The head of Hawaii’s aquatic resource division said he’s not sure lawmakers “knew what they were doing” when they passed the bill.
A bill supported by environmental groups would prevent the state from issuing new permits for commercial collection of aquarium fish.
Hawaii voters responding to our poll prefer “someone else” over the incumbent by a wide margin.
The governor has found a new member to serve after the Senate rejected his last choice.
Many other union contracts are still being negotiated, but David Ige is being praised by the teachers union after it reached a deal with the state.
UPDATED But the full Senate will ultimately decide whether Tom Gorak’s appointment to the PUC will be confirmed.
David Ige is in Washington meeting with everyone who he thinks might help the islands — including the newly empowered Republicans.