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Hawaii Legislature enters final phase


HONOLULU (AP) — House and Senate negotiators are beginning to meet to create the final form of bills before they can receive final votes.

Conference committee hearings were scheduled to start Monday and last for two weeks, leading up to the final days of this year’s legislative session.

In conference committees, representatives and senators meet to reconcile different versions of bills that have already moved through both chambers.

They must agree on one version that both the House and Senate can agree on before a measure can become a law.

Conference committee meetings will culminate late in the night of April 29, when all bills must have passed conference committee votes or die.

Then final votes will be held in the full House and Senate before the legislative session adjourns May 5.

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