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Lawmakers extend deadline to continue budget negotiations

By Derrick DePledge

LAST UPDATED: 12:36 a.m. HST, Apr 28, 2012



Unable to reach agreement on the state budget by a midnight deadline Friday, state House and Senate leaders set a new deadline of Monday morning to have finance-related bills ready for final votes before session ends.

Negotiators still hoped to close the budget and capital improvement project outlay by early Saturday, but House and Senate leaders said it would be unfair to allow other bills to die because of an internal procedural deadline. Lawmakers will work over the weekend to craft language on bills that were awaiting budget approval.

"We believe that due to the delay in the passage of the budget, allowing these bills to die based on an internal procedural deadline is not in the best interests of the people of Hawaii," said state Senate President Shan Tsutsui (D, Wailuku-Kahului).

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