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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 measure has been fast-tracked through the Hawaii Senate after coming over from the House earlier this month with additional safeguards.
The 86-year-old longtime Maui lawmaker insisted Wednesday he’s never acted badly toward women even though he’s resigning.
Several women had filed ethics complaints against Joe Souki, a longtime lawmaker from Maui.
The internal process for resolving sexual harassment complaints in the House doesn’t anticipate what happens if the speaker is the one being accused.
Sen. Roz Baker shepherded the measure through her health committee with comparatively little fanfare.
The Council on Revenues projects 5.3 percent general fund growth for the current fiscal year and 4.5 percent next year.
Department heads have lined up in opposition to a bill that would end their ability to fill hundreds of temporary positions.
Tourism officials aren’t happy with measures that could raise millions from taxes on timeshares and higher resort fees.