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Hawaii Legislature Passes Medical Aid In Dying Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Legislature Passes Medical Aid In Dying

The bill cleared its final hurdle in the Senate by a wide margin and is now headed to the governor for his signature.

Medical Aid In Dying: A Long Journey From No To Yes For These Lawmakers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Medical Aid In Dying: A Long Journey From No To Yes For These Lawmakers

More than a decade of life experiences and listening changed the minds of Hawaii legislators on an emotional issue that often divides people by faith and values.

The Last Committee: Medical Aid In Dying Bill Now Goes To Full Senate Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Last Committee: Medical Aid In Dying Bill Now Goes To Full Senate

The measure has been fast-tracked through the Hawaii Senate after coming over from the House earlier this month with additional safeguards.

Ige Administration: House Budget Cuts Go Too Far Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Administration: House Budget Cuts Go Too Far

Several department heads and the University of Hawaii urged the Senate to restore Gov. David Ige’s proposed spending increases.

Joe Souki: I’m Sorry But I Don’t Remember Doing It Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Joe Souki: I’m Sorry But I Don’t Remember Doing It

The 86-year-old longtime Maui lawmaker insisted Wednesday he’s never acted badly toward women even though he’s resigning.

Former Hawaii House Speaker Forced Out Over Sexual Harassment Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Former Hawaii House Speaker Forced Out Over Sexual Harassment

Several women had filed ethics complaints against Joe Souki, a longtime lawmaker from Maui.

House Harassment Policy Puts Speaker In Charge Of All Complaints Cory Lum/Civil Beat

House Harassment Policy Puts Speaker In Charge Of All Complaints

The internal process for resolving sexual harassment complaints in the House doesn’t anticipate what happens if the speaker is the one being accused.

Hawaii Medical Aid In Dying Bill Passes Key Senate Panel Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Medical Aid In Dying Bill Passes Key Senate Panel

Sen. Roz Baker shepherded the measure through her health committee with comparatively little fanfare.

New Revenue Forecast Means $50 Million More For State Budget Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

New Revenue Forecast Means $50 Million More For State Budget

The Council on Revenues projects 5.3 percent general fund growth for the current fiscal year and 4.5 percent next year.

Hawaii Senate Wants To Restrict State Government’s Hiring Power Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Senate Wants To Restrict State Government’s Hiring Power

Department heads have lined up in opposition to a bill that would end their ability to fill hundreds of temporary positions.

Lawmakers Ignore Tourism Industry, Pass New Taxes Targeting Visitors Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Ignore Tourism Industry, Pass New Taxes Targeting Visitors

Tourism officials aren’t happy with measures that could raise millions from taxes on timeshares and higher resort fees.

 

House Shaves $35 Million From Governor’s Budget Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

House Shaves $35 Million From Governor’s Budget

The Finance Committee’s cuts create a balanced budget over six years, but the spending plans could still change.