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Pohakuloa Training Area entrance Hawaii 24/7 file photo

PTA to receive $800K upgrade to Hawaii Army National Guard facility

To provide more storage space for increased and improved military training, the Hawai‘i Army National Guard (HIARNG) will be receiving $800,000 in Capital Improvement Project funds from the state to construct a warehouse facility within the Pohakuloa Training Area.

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Legislator plans to introduce bill to lower beer tax

Representative Kaniela Ing plans to introduce a bill during the next legislative session that would cut taxes Hawaii residents pay for beer by more than half, from 93 cents a gallon to 42 cents a gallon.

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Senate committee passes medical aid in dying bill

In the hearing today by the Senate Committee on Commerce Consumer Protection (CPH), SB1129 SD1 was passed with amendments that would establish a medical aid in dying act under which a terminally ill adult resident may obtain a prescription for medication to end the patient’s life.

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Members of the Senate Committee on Water, Land and Agriculture today voted to pass Senate Resolution 46.

SR46 requests the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) to engage in negotiations with the current land owners of the makai lands of Kapua to acquire the lands on behalf of the state or to lease those lands in perpetuity on behalf of the state.

Legislators pass resolution to acquire makai lands of Kapua

Members of the Senate Committee on Water, Land and Agriculture today voted to pass Senate Resolution 46. SR46 requests the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) to engage in negotiations with the current land owners of the makai lands of Kapua to acquire the lands on behalf of the state or to lease those […]

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Fellow House members, welcome to the 2016 Regular Session of the Hawaii State Legislature. To say that I have seen my share of opening days at the Legislature would be, at my age, a bit of an understatement. Twenty-five or even ten years ago, who would have thought that we would be looking at medical marijuana in the way that we regard it today?

House Speaker Souki’s 2016 legislative session opening remarks

Fellow House members, welcome to the 2016 Regular Session of the Hawaii State Legislature. To say that I have seen my share of opening days at the Legislature would be, at my age, a bit of an understatement. Twenty-five or even ten years ago, who would have thought that we would be looking at medical […]

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The House Committee on Legislative Management passed HB1054 last Wednesday, which would establish a pilot program to enable the House to receive live oral testimony from the County of Hawaii through audio or audiovisual technology.  The trial program would run through June 30, 2017.

House bill would launch videoconferencing testimony for Big Island

The House Committee on Legislative Management passed HB1054 last Wednesday, which would establish a pilot program to enable the House to receive live oral testimony from the County of Hawaii through audio or audiovisual technology. The trial program would run through June 30, 2017.

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Committee forwards $35M budget for Kona judiciary complex to legislature for vote

Members of a House-Senate conference committee today announced that they have included $35 million in the judiciary’s budget to fund construction of the West Hawaii judiciary complex. The recommended budget will be submitted to the full legislature next week.

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Rep. Belatti advocates benefits of medical marijuana dispensaries with story of stricken child

Jari Sugano was desperate to find relief for her active five-year-old daughter, Maile Jen Hope Kaneshiro, who suffers from Dravet syndrome, a rare and intractable form of epilepsy. Her mother did research on the Internet and found that it was specifically a high CBD, low THC marijuana oil that stopped Charlotte Figi’s seizures.

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Sen. Kahele introduces legislation to honor Hokulea and its voyages

Senator Gilbert Kahele introduced two resolutions supporting the efforts of the Hōkūle‘a. One resolution urges Gov. Neil Abercrombie to proclaim 2014 as the Year of the Worldwide Voyage while the other urges the state and state entities to support the Hōkūle‘a and their crew as they journey around the world.

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House to vote on Marriage Equality Bill (Nov. 8)

MEDIA RELEASE Floor session to be aired live on community television and streamed online WHO: Hawaii House of Representatives WHAT: State House Floor Session for third reading vote on SB1 HD1. SB1 HD1 recognizes marriages between individuals of the same gender. In addition, the measure extends to same-sex couples the same rights, benefits, protections, and […]

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House committees to take testimony until midnight Oct. 31

MEDIA RELEASE To accommodate the expected high numbers of people wishing to testify on SB1 and to allow testifiers to plan their time accordingly, the House Judiciary and Finance Committees plan to begin the public hearing at 10 a.m. and end at midnight. At that time if there are people who signed up to testify […]

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Senate Committee hearing on Marriage Equality Bill (Oct. 28)

MEDIA RELEASE The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor holds hearing on Senate Bill (SB) 1, Relating to Equal Rights, at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28 at the State Capitol Auditorium. The hearing will follow the convening of the Second Special Session of 2013 called by Governor Neil Abercrombie. “Listening to public input, we’ve strived […]

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Governor asks Legislature to expand special session agenda

MEDIA RELEASE Gov. Neil Abercrombie has asked the Hawaii State Legislature to expand the agenda for the upcoming special session to include measures relating to health services on Kauai and the funding of two recent collective bargaining agreements. Along with a revised Marriage Equity Bill, the governor has provided three additional measures addressing an emergency […]

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Hawaii Senate Minority presents alternative budget

MEDIA RELEASE The Hawaii Senate Minority Alternative Biennium Budget for the fiscal years 2014-2015 reflects a decrease of $1.6 billion in total funding in comparison with the proposed Executive Budget and $1 billion in comparison with the proposed budget by the House of Representatives. The budget proposal provides a specific plan that will make Hawaii’s […]

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