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Raft of Hawaii bills survive committee

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:17 p.m. HST, Feb 19, 2014

Bills that would provide for mental health care, veterans care and invasive species research are advancing in the Hawaii legislature.

A Senate committee Wednesday pushed forward dozens of bills on a range of issues. They will next go to the Senate floor for a vote.

Among the highlights are bills aimed at preparing Hawaii residents for the costs of aging and a bill that would increase the amount of affordable housing in the state.

Another bill would make kindergarten mandatory for five-year-old children in Hawaii. Other bills would try to attract investment in such Hawaii industries as film, technology, geriatric research. Under another, Hawaii would move its public safety facilities to a central place, where they would be less vulnerable to storms.

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