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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.
The bill aims to end secret, mandatory arbitration proceedings for claims brought by employees against their employers.
The budget is expected to be approved a month earlier than normal, but thorny funding decisions like Big Island disaster relief and pre-K expansion remain undecided.