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Legislature approves $1M for governor’s office

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The Hawaii Legislature is approving of $1 million in emergency money for the operations of the offices of the governor and lieutenant governor.

The House unanimously passed the measure Tuesday, sending it to Gov. Neil Abercrombie for his signature. The bill previously passed the Senate.

The money will pay for staff hiring, laptop computers and $345,000 worth of unused vacation time owed to members of former Gov. Linda Lingle’s administration.

Chief of Staff Amy Asselbaye testified that the emergency money will bring the total amount allocated to the governor’s office this fiscal year to $2.7 million, less than the $3.1 million budgeted last year for Lingle’s operations.

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Online:

SB1286: http://capitol.hawaii.gov/

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