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Federal officials insist Honolulu step up its funding of rail

The Federal Transit Administration is insisting the city contribute more money in the near term to help finance construction of the Honolulu rail project before it will release any of the $744 million in federal funding it has withheld from the project, according to an FTA spokeswoman. Read more

Lawmakers debate and pass pot decriminalization

House and Senate lawmakers gave final approval to hundreds of bills Tuesday, including a measure to decriminalize possession of small amounts of cannabis, a proposal that some House members warned is just one more step toward legalizing it. Read more

Hawaii gun group aims to sue over ‘red flag’ law

Lawmakers have approved a proposed “red flag” law for Hawaii that is designed to keep firearms away from people who might pose a danger to themselves or others, but the Hawaii Rifle Association says it will sue the state if Gov. David Ige signs the measure into law. Read more

Lawmakers reject minimum wage increase

State lawmakers agreed to decriminalize possession of small quantities of marijuana in Hawaii but abandoned plans to increase the state minimum wage for the time being as House and Senate negotiators Friday wrapped up the bulk of their bargaining over bills for this year. Read more

Funding passes for multiple construction projects

Hawaii lawmakers unveiled a state construction budget for the next two years that totals more than $3.4 billion in projects to be funded with state, federal and other funds, including injections of funding into affordable housing, airport projects and school construction. Read more

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