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UPDATED: Common Cause and the League of Women Voters say they plan to appeal the Circuit Court ruling.
The Hawaii Women’s Legislative Caucus unveils a package of proposals, including one to require insurance coverage of health services after an assault.
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.
UPDATED: Disaster relief for Kauai and the Big Island and addressing illegal vacation rentals are also top priorities.
Lawmakers will tackle familiar issues like public school funding. They’re also likely to raise the minimum wage and might even legalize recreational marijuana.
They say the policy is a “good first step” that meets many national best practices, but it lacks an appeals process and requires secrecy even after cases are resolved.
The House Finance Committee chair questions the trustworthiness and organizational structure of the governor’s administration.
A few senators are upset about their assignments and say traditions are not being followed, but President Ron Kouchi says any complaints are baseless.
Agencies should have to justify every penny they ask for, says the House Finance Committee chair.