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Hawaii’s Legislature Must Find A Way To Get Back To Work

Hawaii’s Legislature Must Find A Way To Get Back To Work

Other governments and agencies are meeting using technology. Our lawmakers should too. There is just too much pressing business that demands attention.

Things Are Not Good Between Hawaii Senators And The Governor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Things Are Not Good Between Hawaii Senators And The Governor

Tempers over the Ige administration’s slow response to the growing pandemic boiled over Friday at a special Senate committee hearing.

Hawaii Officials Are Struggling To Get Help To Overburdened Agencies Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Hawaii Officials Are Struggling To Get Help To Overburdened Agencies

Confusion within the Ige administration over Hawaii’s collective bargaining law is slowing aid to departments feeling the crunch of the coronavirus crisis.

Hawaii Legislature To Suspend Session Amid Coronavirus Fears Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Legislature To Suspend Session Amid Coronavirus Fears

Lawmakers will only reconvene in an emergency situation. In the meantime, many legislators and staff will continue to work in their offices.

Don’t Keep The Public From Participating In Public Policy During A Crisis Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Don’t Keep The Public From Participating In Public Policy During A Crisis

Senate Bill 2038 would exempt boards from Hawaii’s Sunshine Law on meetings when emergencies like COVID-19 are in effect.

Hawaii Minimum Wage Bill Clears First Senate Hurdle Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Minimum Wage Bill Clears First Senate Hurdle

Some lawmakers still think $13 an hour is too low though.

Minimum Wage Hikes Have Had Little Long-Lasting Effect On Business Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Minimum Wage Hikes Have Had Little Long-Lasting Effect On Business

Most companies already pay above minimum wage and those that have had to raise pay came through it relatively unscathed.

From Birth Control To Folic Acid: Bill Would Mandate More Reproductive Health Benefits

From Birth Control To Folic Acid: Bill Would Mandate More Reproductive Health Benefits

The proposal would also prevent insurers from charging co-payments or deductibles for drugs, appointments and procedures.