In some states, one political party dominates even without a lift from gerrymandering. The most extreme examples are Hawaiʻi, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, all of which have legislatures controlled by Democrats.
The State Legislature is at the one-third mark of its 60-day session. Today, lawmakers met to pass nearly one thousand bills to be sent to the opposite chamber for further consideration. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell rolled out his $2.83-billion operating budget proposal today for Fiscal Year 2020, which begins July 1st. He said real property and motor vehicle taxes are expected to bring in 120-million more but other taxes must go up to fund his spending plan.
It was Video Game Industry Day at the State Capitol. But, there is one bill pending at the state legislature that is aimed at improving the lives of children who spend a lot of time on their electronic devices.
The City and County of Honolulu is ranked the most dangerous city in the nation for seniors, ages 65 and older, being hit in sidewalks and for seniors at risk of being killed as pedestrians. Mayor Kirk Caldwell unveiled a 7-point plan to increase pedestrian safety.
Honolulu City Councilwoman Heidi Tsuneyoshi will be introducing a resolution to conduct a forensic audit of the 8.6 billion dollar Rail Transit Project. She says this was her top priority after taking office last month.
Hawai’i’s firearms law was declared unconstitutional by a federal appeals court last year. That ruling is currently being appealed. But there could be change no matter what the final outcome in federal court.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in July that Hawai’i’s law to carry firearms is unconstitutional. The State and Hawai’i County have petitioned the Court to reconsider. In the first of two reports, HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was granted an exclusive interview with the plaintiff in the case.