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Chad Blair: Inside The Legislature’s Backroom Brawl Over A Water Rights Bill Hawaii Farm Bureau

Chad Blair: Inside The Legislature’s Backroom Brawl Over A Water Rights Bill

Hawaii lawmakers are assessing whether there is support for reviving a bill allowing Alexander & Baldwin continued water access on Maui that was once declared dead.

A&B Water Rights Bill May Have New Life Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A&B Water Rights Bill May Have New Life

UPDATED: There is talk that the Hawaii state Senate will vote on the controversial legislation as early as Tuesday.

Water Rights Bill Goes Down The Drain In ‘Historic Vote’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Water Rights Bill Goes Down The Drain In ‘Historic Vote’

The land company Alexander & Baldwin is among the big losers after senators can’t agree on a proposal to allow stream diversion to continue.

Ige Decides Not To Renominate Two Cabinet Members Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Decides Not To Renominate Two Cabinet Members

The heads of Hawaiian Home Lands and Budget and Finance will not be nominated for new terms.

Bill Could Make It Easier To Pursue Sexual Harassment Claims In Court Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill Could Make It Easier To Pursue Sexual Harassment Claims In Court

The bill aims to end secret, mandatory arbitration proceedings for claims brought by employees against their employers.

Lawmakers Move Swiftly On Spending Plan, But That’s Not The End Of The Debate Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Move Swiftly On Spending Plan, But That’s Not The End Of The Debate

The budget is expected to be approved a month earlier than normal, but thorny funding decisions like Big Island disaster relief and pre-K expansion remain undecided.

 

 

Creating A Better Life For Hawaii’s Developmentally Disabled

Creating A Better Life For Hawaii’s Developmentally Disabled

Gov. Ige has proposed spending $7.7 million to overhaul the state DD program, which includes offering clients more opportunities for jobs and setting goals for themselves.

Big Pay Raises Coming For Lawmakers And Top State Execs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Big Pay Raises Coming For Lawmakers And Top State Execs

UPDATED 3/14/19: But the Hawaii Commission on Salaries proposed far lower increases for judges.

Finish The Job: Legislators Making Progress On Elections, Government Ethics Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Finish The Job: Legislators Making Progress On Elections, Government Ethics

Dozens of bills introduced by the state House and Senate augur well for major improvements if lawmakers can actually seal the deals.

Here’s What’s Not Passing The Hawaii Legislature This Year Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s What’s Not Passing The Hawaii Legislature This Year

Inmates won’t get to vote, many Hawaii prisoners won’t be coming home from Arizona and citizens still won’t be able to put measures on the ballot.

Gut And Replace Resurfaces At Hawaii Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Gut And Replace Resurfaces At Hawaii Legislature

The Senate Ways and Means Committee altered the contents of several bills with little public notice, including one that would raise taxes and another that affects Big Island disaster relief.

Don’t Let The Cop Misconduct Bill Die — Again Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Don’t Let The Cop Misconduct Bill Die — Again

Similar legislation has failed session after session. But this is a fundamental matter of public trust.