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The state House adjourned while highlighting its successes. The Senate, meanwhile, is left reflecting on its compromises and splits.
In the 2019 session many administration bills died, programs got less funding than sought and nominees faced tough grilling.
Some charter school leaders say the bill detracted from what’s most important: more funding for their schools.
Advocates say the measures would be a huge victory for the state’s mental health and homelessness systems.
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.
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.
The land company Alexander & Baldwin is among the big losers after senators can’t agree on a proposal to allow stream diversion to continue.