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Senate Closes The 2019 Session With Some Sharp Divisions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senate Closes The 2019 Session With Some Sharp Divisions

The state House adjourned while highlighting its successes. The Senate, meanwhile, is left reflecting on its compromises and splits.

Chad Blair: Despite Legislative Setbacks, Ige Sees ‘Progress’ For His Agenda Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Despite Legislative Setbacks, Ige Sees ‘Progress’ For His Agenda

In the 2019 session many administration bills died, programs got less funding than sought and nominees faced tough grilling.

More Fiscal Transparency Appears On The Way For Charter Schools Cory Lum/Civil Beat

More Fiscal Transparency Appears On The Way For Charter Schools

Some charter school leaders say the bill detracted from what’s most important: more funding for their schools.

Chad Blair: Last Chance For The Water Rights Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Last Chance For The Water Rights Bill

The Senate has only Tuesday to revive the contentious legislation. But a related court case remains in limbo.

How These Bills Could Help Those With Serious Mental Illness Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How These Bills Could Help Those With Serious Mental Illness

Advocates say the measures would be a huge victory for the state’s mental health and homelessness systems.

Donovan Dela Cruz Plays Hardball With Foes Of The Airbnb Tax Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Donovan Dela Cruz Plays Hardball With Foes Of The Airbnb Tax

The Senate Ways and Means chairman is threatening to kill 15 other bills in order to get senators to flip their votes and revive Senate Bill 1292.

Minimum Wage Increase Dead For 2019 Session Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Minimum Wage Increase Dead For 2019 Session

Concerns about different rates of increase and the impact to employer health care plans scuttled a deal.

Hawaii Poised To Create Surfing Commission Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii Poised To Create Surfing Commission

State House and Senate conferees advance legislation to a final vote.

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.