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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.
The people of Hawaii got lip service this session when it came to helping them in their time of need.
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.