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Hawaii Should Be The Next State To Legalize Marijuana Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii Should Be The Next State To Legalize Marijuana

UPDATED: The Legislature should not abandon bills to decriminalize or legalize recreational cannabis. And they certainly should not be stopped at the committee level.

Chad Blair: Bestiality Is Still Legal In Hawaii

Chad Blair: Bestiality Is Still Legal In Hawaii

That’s right. It’s not a crime to have sex with animals. Legislation aims to right that wrong.

Chad Blair: Do We Really Need A Dan Inouye Day? Or An Obama Ice Cream Shop? Obama by Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Do We Really Need A Dan Inouye Day? Or An Obama Ice Cream Shop?

Lawmakers are rushing to honor the former president and our deceased U.S. senators. But why?

Key Lawmakers Are Trying To Water Down Inspection Rules For Elder Care Homes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Key Lawmakers Are Trying To Water Down Inspection Rules For Elder Care Homes

House and Senate bills would undercut a new law that requires unannounced state inspections of care homes by making those optional.

Quit Stalling On The New Police Standards Board Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Quit Stalling On The New Police Standards Board

Gov. David Ige reluctantly let the board go through last session without his signature. Now he wants to delay its full implementation for four years.

House Speaker: Really, Judges Are My BFFs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

House Speaker: Really, Judges Are My BFFs

Scott Saiki says he works well with Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald despite tension over court decisions that sparked a turf fight between the two branches.

Not All Hawaii Lawmakers Embrace Gut-And-Replace Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Not All Hawaii Lawmakers Embrace Gut-And-Replace

At least five senators and two representatives oppose the practice of inserting whole new language and often a different purpose into legislation with little public notice.

Judge Dismisses Suit Challenging Gut-And-Replace Legislation Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Judge Dismisses Suit Challenging Gut-And-Replace Legislation

UPDATED: Common Cause and the League of Women Voters say they plan to appeal the Circuit Court ruling.

Caucus Pushes Bills Addressing Violence Against Women Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Caucus Pushes Bills Addressing Violence Against Women

The Hawaii Women’s Legislative Caucus unveils a package of proposals, including one to require insurance coverage of health services after an assault.

Hawaii Energy Office — And Other Programs — May Face The Budget Ax Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Energy Office — And Other Programs — May Face The Budget Ax

Money for several programs will be eliminated from a current House budget bill as lawmakers press the fiscal reset button and ask agencies to justify their funding.

Ige: ‘The Future Is Personal’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige: ‘The Future Is Personal’

UPDATED: Hawaii’s governor calls for a statewide preschool system and more hotel tax revenue for the counties. Legislative leaders are receptive, but ask where the money will come from.

Minimum Wage Hike Gets Immediate Support As Legislature Convenes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Minimum Wage Hike Gets Immediate Support As Legislature Convenes

UPDATED: Disaster relief for Kauai and the Big Island and addressing illegal vacation rentals are also top priorities.