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Hawaii Legislature 2017

Bills on rail tax and domestic violence on Legislature’s agenda

Hawaii lawmakers are nearing the halfway point of the 2017 legislative session. They’re reviewing bills that need to be passed out of the originating chamber in the next two weeks in order to stay alive. Read More
Updated on  February 26, 2017 at 9:58 pm

Self-sustaining agriculture bill moves to Senate

Were global trade to be disrupted, Hawaii would be particularly susceptible to food shortages, as the state imports the vast majority of what it consumes. Read More
Updated on  February 26, 2017 at 10:01 pm

Task force and legislators rethink new jail

A 13-member task force led by Hawaii Supreme Court Associate Justice Michael Wilson is recommending that the state hold off on its plans for building a new jail on Oahu until the group can issue a final report at the end of the year that provides a road map for reforming the state’s correctional system. Read More
Updated on  February 23, 2017 at 10:26 pm

Measure that would have freed felons is dead

A bill that would have authorized the head of the state Department of Public Safety to release some convicted felons to ease overcrowding in state-run jails appears to be dead for the session. Read More
Updated on  February 21, 2017 at 10:44 pm

Bills on energy and health care keep breathing

After a major legislative deadline, the number of bills still alive in the state Legislature has dwindled. Read More
Updated on  February 21, 2017 at 12:16 am
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                                Fearing Trump’s rule, environmentalists want a state ban on a dangerous pesticide.

State ban sought on pesticide

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                                Fearing Trump’s rule, environmentalists want a state ban on a dangerous pesticide.

Updated on  February 20, 2017 at 7:41 am
Environmental activists are urging Hawaii lawmakers to implement a statewide ban on a widely used insecticide that’s been linked to disruptions in the brain development of babies and young children. Read More
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                                Karl Rhoads: 
                                He said Senate Bill 107 was created to help those “on the bottom of the totem pole”

Minimum wage bills move in Senate but stall in House

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                                Karl Rhoads: 
                                He said Senate Bill 107 was created to help those “on the bottom of the totem pole”

Updated on  February 17, 2017 at 5:00 am
A key state Senate committee has passed a bill to increase the state minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2019, but three other bills to incrementally raise the state minimum wage have been deferred in the House. Read More
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                                Senate Bill 221 would authorize Honolulu and three neighbor island counties to set up the “photo red-light imaging detector systems” to use mounted cameras to snap pictures of vehicles as they run red lights.

Red-light cameras bill advances

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                                Senate Bill 221 would authorize Honolulu and three neighbor island counties to set up the “photo red-light imaging detector systems” to use mounted cameras to snap pictures of vehicles as they run red lights.

Updated on  February 16, 2017 at 9:03 am
A proposal to deploy high-tech cameras for traffic enforcement by photographing the license plates of motorists who run red lights has been approved by two committees in the state Senate. Read More
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                                Joe Herzog, who has stage four prostate cancer, tells his story to lawmakers today in Honolulu. Herzog is supporting a bill to allow adults who have a terminal illness to get a prescription for medication to end their lives.

Hawaii bill would allow medical aid in dying

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                                Joe Herzog, who has stage four prostate cancer, tells his story to lawmakers today in Honolulu. Herzog is supporting a bill to allow adults who have a terminal illness to get a prescription for medication to end their lives.
As a stage-four prostate cancer patient, Joe Herzog has been considering how he might die and knows he could face intractable vomiting and starvation in the final days or weeks of his life. Read More
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                                Pilaa Beach, center, below hillside and ridge top land owned by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, near Kilauea on the north shore of Kauai. Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan were dropping lawsuits seeking to buy out Native Hawaiians who own small parcels of land within their 700-acre Kauai estate. Zuckerberg ended his litigation in January after a public outcry.

Bill to alter ‘quiet title’ law advances

COURTESY RON KOSEN/PHOTOSPECTRUMKAUAI.COM VIA AP
                                Pilaa Beach, center, below hillside and ridge top land owned by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, near Kilauea on the north shore of Kauai. Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan were dropping lawsuits seeking to buy out Native Hawaiians who own small parcels of land within their 700-acre Kauai estate. Zuckerberg ended his litigation in January after a public outcry.

Updated on  February 15, 2017 at 6:28 pm
A bill that would help families fight lawsuits like recent ones filed by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to acquire ancestral lands in Hawaii by forced sale took its first step forward at the state Legislature on Tuesday. Read More
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                                A catch of fish was unloaded, Feb. 2, from a commercial fishing boat at Pier 38 in Honolulu. A bill would require fishing boat owners who want a commercial license to provide to the state a copy of the employment contracts with every fisherman before the license is granted.

House bill seeks more oversight over commercial fishing in Hawaii

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                                A catch of fish was unloaded, Feb. 2, from a commercial fishing boat at Pier 38 in Honolulu. A bill would require fishing boat owners who want a commercial license to provide to the state a copy of the employment contracts with every fisherman before the license is granted.
State lawmakers are calling for more oversight of the commercial fishing industry after an Associated Press investigation found hundreds of foreign fishermen confined to boats and some living in subpar conditions. Read More

Bills tackle bed space at Maui hospital

Lawmakers are pushing several bills that aim to free up beds at Maui Memorial Medical Center by moving costly long-term care patients into other health care facilities. Read More
Updated on  February 8, 2017 at 10:14 pm
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                                TMT against the backdrop of other Mauna Kea telescopes. 3D artist rendering.

State files appeal over TMT sublease hearing

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                                TMT against the backdrop of other Mauna Kea telescopes. 3D artist rendering.

Updated on  February 8, 2017 at 12:28 am
The state has appealed a judge’s order requiring the state Board of Land and Natural Resources to hold a contested case hearing on the sublease between the University of Hawaii at Hilo and the Thirty Meter Telescope. Read More

Bills would have state reap online sales tax

Lawmakers are advancing an assortment of bills this year to begin collecting state excise taxes that are owed for online sales of retail products. Read More
Updated on  February 6, 2017 at 10:36 pm
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                                Pilaa Beach on Kauai’s north shore is below hillside and ridgetop land owned by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and access to the public beach is through his property.

Legislators push efforts to guard landowners’ claims

RON KOSEN / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Pilaa Beach on Kauai’s north shore is below hillside and ridgetop land owned by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and access to the public beach is through his property.

Updated on  February 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Forcing kamaaina families to sell their ancestral lands has been a provocative issue in Hawaii for more than a century, and that’s not changing just because the billionaire leader of Facebook has quit his litigation to acquire such land on Kauai. Read More
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                                Tracy Ryan, a transgender activist, talked today at the Hawaii Capitol about why she’s pushing a bill to legalize prostitution.

Hawaii bill would legalize prostitution industry

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                                Tracy Ryan, a transgender activist, talked today at the Hawaii Capitol about why she’s pushing a bill to legalize prostitution.

Updated on  February 4, 2017 at 3:18 pm
Lawmakers are considering decriminalizing prostitution in the state after the speaker of the House introduced a bill that would also legalize buying sex and acting as a pimp. Read More
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                                Some of the homeless that are camped outside of the barriers erected around Thomas Square Park in Honolulu, as seen on Jan. 26. Key Hawaii lawmakers are hoping to secure $3.5 million annually over the next two years to continue a program that has been credited with helping hundreds of families in the past year escape or avoid homelessness.

Bills would fund homeless initiative

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Some of the homeless that are camped outside of the barriers erected around Thomas Square Park in Honolulu, as seen on Jan. 26. Key Hawaii lawmakers are hoping to secure $3.5 million annually over the next two years to continue a program that has been credited with helping hundreds of families in the past year escape or avoid homelessness.

Updated on  February 3, 2017 at 11:35 am
Key Hawaii lawmakers are hoping to secure $3.5 million annually over the next two years to continue a program that has been credited with helping hundreds of families in the past year escape or avoid homelessness. Read More
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                                Rep. Beth Fukumoto

Isle Republican leader ousted

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                                Rep. Beth Fukumoto

Updated on  February 2, 2017 at 12:44 pm
Republicans in the Hawaii House of Representatives on Wednesday ousted minority leader Rep. Beth Fukumoto over her criticism of President Donald Trump, including calling him a bully at last month’s Women’s March in Honolulu. Read More

Legislators push for collection of online taxes

With tax collections apparently leveling off this year, lawmakers are now pressing state tax officials to explain what they plan to do to capture millions of dollars in uncollected taxes owed for internet sales in Hawaii. Read More
Updated on  January 29, 2017 at 1:06 am
STAR-ADVERTISER / 2015
                                Donna Mercado Kim said Friday she wrote Attorney General Douglas Chin after becoming increasingly concerned that board minutes, which have dwindled from 20 plus pages to as few as four, lack substantive discussion.

Senate asks attorney general to step in on HTA predicament

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2015
                                Donna Mercado Kim said Friday she wrote Attorney General Douglas Chin after becoming increasingly concerned that board minutes, which have dwindled from 20 plus pages to as few as four, lack substantive discussion.

Updated on  January 28, 2017 at 2:00 pm
State Sen. Donna Mercado Kim has asked Hawaii’s attorney general to determine whether the Hawaii Tourism Authority is violating open-meeting requirements by discussing public matters in closed-door executive sessions. Read More

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