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New laws aim to tackle Hawaii’s housing crisis

Gov. Josh Green on Tuesday signed six bills into law intended to address the state’s lack of affordable housing for Hawaii’s working-class families. The centerpiece legislation, Senate Bill 3202, requires Hawaii’s four counties to adopt or amend ordinances by Dec. 31, 2026, to allow for at least two accessory dwelling units, or ADUs, on all urban residential-zoned lots.

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Gov. Josh Green signs into law Senate Bill 3202 during a news conference on Tuesday.
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Sen. Brian Schatz speaks during a news conference on Tuesday. Also pictured are Gov. Josh Green, middle, and State Sen. Stanley Chang, right.
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State Rep. Luke Evlsin speaks during a news conference on Tuesday.
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Gov. Josh Green signs one of a handful of housing density bills during a news conference on Tuesday.
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Sen. Brian Schatz speaks during a news conference on Tuesday.
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State Sen. Stanley Chang speaks on Tuesday.
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Gov. Josh Green speaks during a news conference on Tuesday.
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Gov. Josh Green speaks during a news conference on Tuesday.
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Gov. Josh Green speaks during a news conference on Tuesday.
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Hawaii Gov. Josh Green, left, shares a lighthearted moment with Sen. Brian Schatz during a news conference on Tuesday.

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