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Hawaii Officials Are Struggling To Get Help To Overburdened Agencies Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Hawaii Officials Are Struggling To Get Help To Overburdened Agencies

Confusion within the Ige administration over Hawaii’s collective bargaining law is slowing aid to departments feeling the crunch of the coronavirus crisis.

Hawaii Legislature To Suspend Session Amid Coronavirus Fears Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Legislature To Suspend Session Amid Coronavirus Fears

Lawmakers will only reconvene in an emergency situation. In the meantime, many legislators and staff will continue to work in their offices.

Don’t Keep The Public From Participating In Public Policy During A Crisis Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Don’t Keep The Public From Participating In Public Policy During A Crisis

Senate Bill 2038 would exempt boards from Hawaii’s Sunshine Law on meetings when emergencies like COVID-19 are in effect.

Hawaii Minimum Wage Bill Clears First Senate Hurdle Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Minimum Wage Bill Clears First Senate Hurdle

Some lawmakers still think $13 an hour is too low though.

Minimum Wage Hikes Have Had Little Long-Lasting Effect On Business Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Minimum Wage Hikes Have Had Little Long-Lasting Effect On Business

Most companies already pay above minimum wage and those that have had to raise pay came through it relatively unscathed.

From Birth Control To Folic Acid: Bill Would Mandate More Reproductive Health Benefits

From Birth Control To Folic Acid: Bill Would Mandate More Reproductive Health Benefits

The proposal would also prevent insurers from charging co-payments or deductibles for drugs, appointments and procedures.

Priority Bills On Housing, Education And Wages Advance At Hawaii Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Priority Bills On Housing, Education And Wages Advance At Hawaii Legislature

The measures propose slight increases to the minimum wage, more affordable housing, a streamlined school maintenance program and expansion of pre-school.

Hawaii Lawmakers Hamstrung By Their Own Law On Special Funds Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Lawmakers Hamstrung By Their Own Law On Special Funds

The auditor determined that none of the 63 special funds that legislators wanted to create this session met the high legal bar they set for themselves in 2013.

What’s Likely Dead, What’s Still Alive As Hawaii Legislature Reaches Halfway Mark Cory Lum/Civil Beat

What’s Likely Dead, What’s Still Alive As Hawaii Legislature Reaches Halfway Mark

As hundreds of bills get set to cross between the House and Senate, hundreds more are now likely dead this session.

Changes To Housing Omnibus Bill Axed Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Changes To Housing Omnibus Bill Axed

Senate Bill 3104 was restored to its original version and will go before the full Senate sometime next week.

House Speaker Wants Hawaii Prepared For Coronavirus Economic Hit Cory Lum/Civil Beat

House Speaker Wants Hawaii Prepared For Coronavirus Economic Hit

Scott Saiki says a committee will be formed to help secure the state’s financial viability in light of COVID-19.