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Thielen said, “I’m going to end my time as a legislator, and get back to the doing.”
The long-time lawmaker, who will be retiring after 30 years in the House, is “100% a leader and a role model for young Republicans to follow.”
A majority of lawmakers surveyed by Civil Beat support construction of the telescope — but with a lot of caveats and uncertainty about how to proceed.
The latest installment of Civil Beat’s public salary database includes employees of the Senate, House and Legislative Reference Bureau.
Sen. Russell Ruderman, who owns health foods stores, was the only lawmaker to report more than $1 million in outside income last year. Several of his colleagues reported no income beyond their legislative salaries.
State officials are fine-tuning proposals that aim to mitigate the effects of climate change in the state.
But bills to decriminalize the use of pot, allow mail-in balloting, create a new state prison oversight commission and provide funds to replace aging Aloha Stadium will all become law.
The two measures are among 20 bills total Hawaii’s governor indicates he will not allow to become law.
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.
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.
On the last day of conference committee at the Hawaii Legislature, an all-too-familiar scene played out.