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Lawmakers, Governor Seek Compromise On Maui Hospital Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers, Governor Seek Compromise On Maui Hospital Bill

UPDATED: The Legislature plans to amend the vetoed measure next week to provide severance pay to unionized workers, address legal flaws in the legislation and honor union contracts.
Lawmakers Consider ‘Mobile Court’ For Homeless Defendants Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Consider ‘Mobile Court’ For Homeless Defendants

A court for nonviolent misdemeanor cases involving the homeless might help unclog dockets.
Lawmakers To Agencies: Take Good Care Of Your Records Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Lawmakers To Agencies: Take Good Care Of Your Records

A Senate bill for the first time would require Hawaii's government to take proper care of public information.
Bill Allowing Reporters Access To Restricted Areas Clears Committee Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill Allowing Reporters Access To Restricted Areas Clears Committee

Journalists are pushing for more access in emergency situations, but state officials testify that safety concerns trump those of the media.
Public Won’t See Medical Marijuana Dispensary Rules Until January Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Public Won’t See Medical Marijuana Dispensary Rules Until January

As Hawaii's Department of Health sets up a dispensary program, it struggles with a backlog of 1,000 applications for medical marijuana cards.
Seven Months Later, Hawaii Fishing Rules Still Not Signed Cyril Fluck/Flickr

Seven Months Later, Hawaii Fishing Rules Still Not Signed

Gov. David Ige is continuing to review rules approved by the DLNR last year that would create the state's first Community-Based Subsistence Fishing Area.
Emergency Money Made Easy, If You’re a Democratic Governor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Emergency Money Made Easy, If You’re a Democratic Governor

David Ige, like Neil Abercrombie, had no problem securing funding from Hawaii lawmakers to get his new administration up and running — without providing detailed requests. That wasn't the case for Republican Linda Lingle.
Weekend News? Ige’s Appointments Tend to Come Late on Fridays Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Weekend News? Ige’s Appointments Tend to Come Late on Fridays

Hawaii governor's office says it's just coincidence that most of his Cabinet choices were announced when fewer people were paying attention to the news.

Will Senate Investigators Be Able to Fix the Hawaii State Hospital This Time?

Problems of overcrowding and understaffing persist at the mental health facility despite a federal consent decree.
Hawaii AG May Spend $3 Million to Investigate Matson, Defend State Sophie Cocke/Civil Beat

Hawaii AG May Spend $3 Million to Investigate Matson, Defend State

The attorney general is requesting $1 million from the Legislature in an emergency appropriation.
Is Hawaii Really Doing So Well? Fact-Checking the Governor’s Speech

Is Hawaii Really Doing So Well? Fact-Checking the Governor’s Speech

Gov. Neil Abercrombie painted the state in a rosy light during the State of the State, boosting his re-election campaign.
It’s Your Money: Hawaii’s Election Holiday Cost Taxpayers Millions

It’s Your Money: Hawaii’s Election Holiday Cost Taxpayers Millions

But voter participation is still declining even though public holiday was created in part to boost turnout.
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