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Senate passes nearly 200 bills on second crossover

MEDIA RELEASE The State Senate passed 135 House bills that addresses areas of domestic violence, beach protection, education, public safety, energy, and a number of other measures aimed at ensuring the health and well-being of the residents of Hawaii. A total of 197 bills have passed third reading by the Senate and will be returning […]

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House passes nearly 150 measures on final crossover

MEDIA RELEASE The state House of Representatives passed nearly 150 Senate measures dealing with education, housing and homelessness, health, seniors, agriculture, invasive species and the environment, public safety and improving the quality of life for Hawaii residents. Among the most significant bills passed by the House were SB1028 that attempts to harmonize the requirements of […]

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State senate passes nearly 200 bills including marijuana dispensaries

The State Senate today passed 135 House bills that addresses areasof domestic violence, beach protection, education, public safety, energy, and a number ofother measures aimed at ensuring the health and well-being of the residents of Hawai‘i.A total of 197 bills have passed third reading by the Senate and will be returning to theHouse.  A majority […]

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Senate Minority’s Alternative Budget cuts spending, caps collective bargaining

MEDIA RELEASE Sen. Sam Slom has released the Senate Minority Alternative Biennium Budget, slashing $1.59 billion from the Governor’s version of the budget for the fiscal years 2016 and 2017. The Alternative Budget builds on the $665 million spending cuts approved by the House of Representatives in their budget draft released in March, and has […]

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Updates from state House of Representatives

MEDIA RELEASE Big Island legislators secured more than $200 million in Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funding for various projects across the island in the House proposed budget. The proposed budget includes funding for various highway improvements, monies for Big Island schools, plans for a new hospital in Kona, and continued financial support to complete the […]

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House Finance Committee proposes conservative budget

MEDIA RELEASE The House Finance Committee has passed out a proposed budget that would create a proactive framework for the state to consistently spend within its means. “The idea is not just to spend conservatively but to create a mindset for the state to spend within its means as a matter of consistent practice,” said […]

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Updates from Rep. Gabbard (Feb. 26-March 10)

MEDIA RELEASE The House Committee on Foreign Affairs during a legislative markup has approved without objection North Korean sanctions co-sponsored by Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02). The North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act of 2015 (H.R. 757) requires the President to impose targeted sanctions on people or entities in other countries that contribute directly or indirectly to […]

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Updates from Sen. Schatz (Feb. 26-March 10)

MEDIA RELEASE The Senate Commerce Committee has voted to advance the Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research Act of 2015, H.R. 34. U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) offered an amendment, adopted with bipartisan support, which would improve tsunami research by including key historical data and strengthen preparedness programs in coastal communities. “As an island state with […]

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Updates from Sen. Hirono (Feb. 27-March 6)

MEDIA RELEASE Sen. Mazie K. Hirono has voted against a Republican attempt to make it harder for workers to form unions. Hirono took to the Senate floor to speak out against the measure, explaining why it was bad for middle-class families and our economy. “I rise to oppose this misguided resolution that hurts working families […]

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Legislature 2015: House update (Feb. 17-March 10)

MEDIA RELEASE As the Thursday crossover deadline approaches, the House passed bills: modifying the state’s excise tax surcharge for rail, authorizing the creation of medical marijuana dispensaries in Hawaii, requiring health insurers with greater than 20 percent of the state’s small group insurance market to offer qualified health plans under the Hawaii Health Connector, and […]

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Governor David Ige Tuesday (March 3) announced appointments to his administration in the departments of Health and Public Safety as well as to his communication team. None of the appointments are subject to confirmation by the Senate.

Governor Ige announces administration appointments

Governor David Ige Tuesday (March 3) announced appointments to his administration in the departments of Health and Public Safety as well as to his communication team. None of the appointments are subject to confirmation by the Senate.

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Updates from Rep. Gabbard (Jan. 28-Feb. 25)

MEDIA RELEASE Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has announced her subcommittee assignments for the House Armed Services Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee. On Armed Services, Gabbard will continue serving on the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee and has joined the Readiness Subcommittee. “Serving on both the Seapower and Readiness Subcommittees give me a solid platform to advocate […]

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