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State investigating Kaniela Ing’s campaign finances

The state agency charged with enforcing Hawaii’s campaign finance laws is reviewing several years’ worth of records from past races by state Rep. Kaniela Ing, who is running for Congress this year. Read More

Legislators take stock of session’s accomplishments

The state Legislature wrapped up for the year Thursday as lawmakers called the 60-day session one of the most collaborative and productive in recent memory. Read More

Lawmakers take on housing crisis

Lawmakers say they made good on their pledge to address the state’s homeless and affordable-housing crises with strategies they described as groundbreaking and bold during the 2018 legislative session, which ends Thursday. Read More

State House and Senate fail to reach agreement on short-term rentals

Lawmakers appear to have failed for a third straight year to resolve the conundrum over how best to tap into millions of dollars in uncollected state taxes from short-term vacation rentals without encouraging or endorsing illegal operators. Read More

Lawmakers pass ban on ‘bump stocks,’ other rapid-fire devices

With the Hawaii State Legislature set to adjourn in a week, lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to several significant bills, including a measure that would make it illegal to sell or own “bump stock” devices, like the ones used last year by a gunman to spray gunfire into a Las Vegas crowd. Read More

Governor signs law tying electricity rates to benchmarks

Hawaiian Electric Co. and its neighbor island subsidiaries will no longer be able to set electricity rates based on utility expenses, under legislation Gov. David Ige signed into law Tuesday. Read More

Auditor disagrees with HART on rail reimbursements

As work gets underway on a far-reaching audit of the multibillion-dollar rail project, state Auditor Les Kondo warned officials that his office has already identified potential red flags. Read More

Isle voters likely to get their say on a property tax for schools

Following a two-year lobbying effort by the Hawaii State Teachers Association, a proposed constitutional amendment asking voters if the state should be allowed to tax investment properties to benefit public schools is all but set for the November ballot. Read More

Fundraising heats up in congressional race

With less than four months until the primary election, three candidates vying for the U.S. House seat representing urban Honolulu raised more than $200,000 each in the first three months of the year. Read More

Ige appoints replacement to Joe Souki’s House seat

Gov. David Ige has appointed Troy Hashimoto, former chairman of the Maui Democratic Party, to the Maui House seat vacated by Joseph Souki, who resigned last month to resolve sexual harassment allegations. Read More

Replacement for Joe Souki down to 3 finalists

Three finalists, including a former Maui County councilman and a Maui Democratic Party chairman, have been named to replace longtime Wailuku lawmaker Joseph Souki, who resigned last month from the House of Representatives to resolve sexual harassment allegations. Read More

3 Maui men named as finalists to replace Joe Souki in Legislature

Three finalists, including a former Maui County councilman and Maui Democratic Party chairman, have been named to replace longtime Wailuku lawmaker Joseph Souki, who resigned last month from the House of Representatives to resolve sexual harassment allegations. Read More

Mauna Kea construction ban clears Senate, but House not interested

In the closest Senate vote this year, lawmakers voted 15-8 in favor of a ban on new construction atop Mauna Kea, but the effort is likely to collapse as their counterparts in the House say they don’t want to interfere with the Thirty Meter Telescope planned near the mountain’s summit. Read More

Hawaii senators pay tribute to Akaka on Senate floor

Hawaii’s U.S. senators paid tribute on the Senate floor today to the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, who died Friday at age 93. Read More

Friends and colleagues remember Akaka

Condolences and fond remembrances began pouring in, from Hawaii to Washington, as news spread of the death of former U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, who died Friday at age 93 from organ failure. Read More

Medical aid in dying becomes law

Beginning Jan. 1, terminally ill patients in the final stages of dying will have the option to control when, where and how they die, following Gov. David Ige’s signing Thursday of a bill to legalize medically assisted death. Read More

Gov. Ige signs bill legalizing medical aid in dying

Beginning Jan. 1, terminally ill residents will be eligible to begin requesting prescriptions for life-ending medication, following Gov. David Ige’s signing today of the “Our Care, Our Choice” Act into law. Read More

Hirono says cancer battle won’t affect re-election bid

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono says her ongoing cancer battle has not detracted from her congressional duties, and that she’s running for re-election to continue fighting for Hawaii’s families and kupuna. Read More

Hirono says cancer fight won’t keep her from re-election bid

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono says her ongoing cancer treatment has not affected her Congressional duties, and that she’s running for re-election to continue fighting for Hawaii’s families and kupuna. Read More