Other governments and agencies are meeting using technology. Our lawmakers should too. There is just too much pressing business that demands attention.
Tempers over the Ige administration’s slow response to the growing pandemic boiled over Friday at a special Senate committee hearing.
Confusion within the Ige administration over Hawaii’s collective bargaining law is slowing aid to departments feeling the crunch of the coronavirus crisis.
Lawmakers will only reconvene in an emergency situation. In the meantime, many legislators and staff will continue to work in their offices.
Senate Bill 2038 would exempt boards from Hawaii’s Sunshine Law on meetings when emergencies like COVID-19 are in effect.
Some lawmakers still think $13 an hour is too low though.
Most companies already pay above minimum wage and those that have had to raise pay came through it relatively unscathed.
The proposal would also prevent insurers from charging co-payments or deductibles for drugs, appointments and procedures.