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Last-Minute Opposition Almost Derailed Smartphone Privacy Bill In House Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Last-Minute Opposition Almost Derailed Smartphone Privacy Bill In House

Late lobbying from the wireless industry led to an 11th-hour attempt to defeat House Bill 702. Now it awaits a decision by the governor.

Dozens Of Climate Change Bills Went Down The Political Drain This Session Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Dozens Of Climate Change Bills Went Down The Political Drain This Session

There was a lot of talk about the need to address sea level rise and other problems but virtually no action in the Hawaii Legislature.

Chad Blair: This Is What It Sounds Like When Bills Die Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: This Is What It Sounds Like When Bills Die

On the last day of conference committee at the Hawaii Legislature, an all-too-familiar scene played out.

Danny De Gracia: The Legislature Really Blew It This Year Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: The Legislature Really Blew It This Year

The people of Hawaii got lip service this session when it came to helping them in their time of need.

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

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.

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.

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.

Chad Blair: Last Chance For The Water Rights Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Last Chance For The Water Rights Bill

The Senate has only Tuesday to revive the contentious legislation. But a related court case remains in limbo.

How These Bills Could Help Those With Serious Mental Illness Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How These Bills Could Help Those With Serious Mental Illness

Advocates say the measures would be a huge victory for the state’s mental health and homelessness systems.

Donovan Dela Cruz Plays Hardball With Foes Of The Airbnb Tax Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Donovan Dela Cruz Plays Hardball With Foes Of The Airbnb Tax

The Senate Ways and Means chairman is threatening to kill 15 other bills in order to get senators to flip their votes and revive Senate Bill 1292.

Minimum Wage Increase Dead For 2019 Session Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Minimum Wage Increase Dead For 2019 Session

Concerns about different rates of increase and the impact to employer health care plans scuttled a deal.

Hawaii Poised To Create Surfing Commission Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii Poised To Create Surfing Commission

State House and Senate conferees advance legislation to a final vote.