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Hawaii Legislature Advances Vaping Ban, Police Reforms, Vacation Rental Crackdown

Hawaii Legislature Advances Vaping Ban, Police Reforms, Vacation Rental Crackdown

Dozens of bills met the Thursday deadline to pass before the 2020 session ends next week.

More Discord Between Hawaii Governor And Senate Over Tax Director Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

More Discord Between Hawaii Governor And Senate Over Tax Director

Gov. David Ige says a Senate committee’s potential rejection of his appointee is “irresponsible and shameful.”

Ban On Side Gigs For Mayors, Governor Clears Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ban On Side Gigs For Mayors, Governor Clears Legislature

House Bill 361 now goes to Gov. David Ige for approval or veto.

Lawmakers Want To Keep Foreign Interference Out Of Elections Flickr: Carmen Rodriguez

Lawmakers Want To Keep Foreign Interference Out Of Elections

A bill advancing at the Hawaii Legislature would prohibit outside corporations and others from contributing to local races.

Hawaii Legislature Approves Public Worker Pay Raises Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Legislature Approves Public Worker Pay Raises

Lawmakers also passed a new spending plan for the coming year. The bills now go to Gov. David Ige for his consideration.

Lawmakers Move To Eliminate Exemption That Has Hidden Police Misconduct For 25 Years Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Move To Eliminate Exemption That Has Hidden Police Misconduct For 25 Years

House Bill 285 will now go to the full House and Senate for a final vote.

Hawaii Lawmakers Get Back To Work Monday As Critical Issues Collide Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Lawmakers Get Back To Work Monday As Critical Issues Collide

Lawmakers will reconvene amid a budget crisis, pandemic and civil unrest not seen in years, all on the cusp of the primary election.

Lawmakers: $600 Million In Federal Relief Funds Will Now Go To Hard-Hit Residents, State Agencies

Lawmakers: $600 Million In Federal Relief Funds Will Now Go To Hard-Hit Residents, State Agencies

New plan would give an extra $100 a week to people collecting unemployment and up to $500 a month in rental assistance for tens of thousands of Hawaii residents.

State Sen. Breene Harimoto Dies At 66 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Sen. Breene Harimoto Dies At 66

The former legislator and Honolulu City Councilman represented parts of Pearl City, Waimalu, Aiea and Halawa.