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Minimum Wage Bill Teed Up For Senate Vote Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Minimum Wage Bill Teed Up For Senate Vote

While the proposal would increase wages to $12 an hour by 2022, labor advocates also want to raise the wage to $17 by 2026.

A Possible Fix For The Capitol’s Stinking Pools Flickr

A Possible Fix For The Capitol’s Stinking Pools

Why not transform the brown water mess into a blue-green, low-maintenance dry landscape?

Lee Cataluna: Lawmakers Should Stop Meddling And Start Solving Problems Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lee Cataluna: Lawmakers Should Stop Meddling And Start Solving Problems

When there’s no money to argue over, the Legislature starts getting into other people’s business.

Senate Panel Kills Final DHHL Casino Proposal Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senate Panel Kills Final DHHL Casino Proposal

The Hawaiian Home Lands director had called proposed amendments to the measure a “glimmer of hope” but now says that flicker is dead.

Hawaii Lawmakers Are Considering Clamping Down On Gov’s Emergency Powers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Lawmakers Are Considering Clamping Down On Gov’s Emergency Powers

Hawaii isn’t the only state worried that a governor’s emergency orders are in need of better oversight.

Senate Panel Moves To End Suspension Of Public Records Law Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senate Panel Moves To End Suspension Of Public Records Law

Updated: An emergency order from Hawaii’s governor has been in place since last spring that he says is necessary due to COVID-19.

Bill Would Ban Side Gigs For Hawaii Lieutenant Governors Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill Would Ban Side Gigs For Hawaii Lieutenant Governors

The proposal follows a similar measure last year that banned emoluments for county mayors and the governor.

Hawaii Senate Advances Asset Forfeiture Reform Measure Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Senate Advances Asset Forfeiture Reform Measure

Gov. David Ige vetoed a similar proposal in 2019 over worries that it would hinder law enforcement operations.

Hawaii House Panel Strikes Down DHHL Casino Proposal Flickr: Liji Jinaraj

Hawaii House Panel Strikes Down DHHL Casino Proposal

A companion measure is still alive in the Senate, though the gambling bills face opposition from some legislative leaders and the governor.