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Catherine Cruz / HPR

Problems abound but no single issue appears to have yet united Hawaii lawmakers as the opening of the 2020 legislative session approaches on Wednesday.

State Sen. Donna Mercado Kim / Facebook

The 2020 state legislative session hasn’t even begun, but already a dispute is brewing over funding for the University of Hawaii.

Wayne Yoshioka / Hawaii Public Radio

In a recent national poll, the YWCA asked female voters what issues are on their minds ahead of the 2020 election.

Ryan Finnerty / HPR

The number of vacation rentals on Oahu declined more than 5 percent from the same time last year. Honolulu’s recent restrictions on short-term renting appear to be the cause.

Ryan Finnerty

Hawaii Gov. David Ige wants to spend an additional half a billion dollars over the next two years on state government operations.

Although the provision is contained in a Defense Department budget bill, the paid family leave benefit would apply to all civilian federal workers.
DoD photo by Master Sgt. Ken Hammond, U.S. Air Force

A provision in the annual defense appropriation bill authored by Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz would grant 2 million federal workers 12 weeks of paid family leave.

Courtesy of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

The United States, Mexico, and Canada have finalized the details of a new free trade agreement. Hawaii stands to see modest benefits.

Need Pix

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to renew the charter of the Import-Export Bank, largely along party lines, but approval from the Senate is unlikely.

U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Daniel Brosam

As Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of Hawaii's worst mass shooting, it's worth noting that the state has some of the strictest gun restrictions in the country and the lowest rate of gun deaths.

Ryan Finnerty

Although we are still months away from the 2020 Hawaii legislative session, lawmakers are already looking at ways to limit the use of electronic smoking devices.

U.S. Census Bureau

The decadal counting of every person living in the United States is set to take place in April. There are significant financial consequences to undercounting.  

Casey Harlow / Hawaii Public Radio

A former University of Hawaii regent plans to sue over what he calls an unconstitutional reduction of the university’s governing board. State lawmakers cut the number of regents by more than 25 percent in the 2019 legislative session.

Sen. Mazie Hirono

Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono is leading an effort to ratify a 40 year old U.N. treaty establishing international rules for global maritime activity. The U.S. signed the pact in 1994, but Congress never gave approval.

Ryan Finnerty
Ryan Finnerty

Hawaii Governor David Ige on Monday announced he plans to veto a bill that would require short-term rental booking platforms to collect state taxes. The measure, S.B. 1292, was passed by the state Senate last month by a single vote.

Waters Wins Honolulu City Council Special Election

Apr 13, 2019
Ryan Finnerty

Tommy Waters is the apparent winner in the Honolulu City Council special election representing District 4 stretching from Waikiki to Hawaii Kai. The unofficial results show Waters drew 17,491 votes to Trevor Ozawa's 16,487, a margin of 1,004 votes.

Hawaii State Capitol

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.

Hawai'i Infrastructure Report Card: D+

Mar 7, 2019
Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i’s infrastructure received its first report card and more than half of grades were below passing. 

House Unveils Election Reform Package

Mar 6, 2019
Wayne Yoshioka

The State House of Representatives unveiled its election reform bills that crossed over to the Senate.

Early Childhood Day at the Capitol

Mar 6, 2019
Wayne Yoshioka

It was Early Childhood Day at the Capitol and pre-school students rallied for a number of bills before the legislature that impact them.  Children’s Action Network executive director, Deborah Zysman.

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.

 

Honolulu Mayor Rolls Out Proposed 2020 Spending Plan

Mar 1, 2019
Wayne Yoshioka

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. 

Wayne Yoshioka

The initial findings from O’ahu’s annual homelessness survey on O’ahu’s have been released.

Wayne Yoshioka

Government and private business partners announced stepped up security efforts in Waikīkī - the state's major economic engine.

Ala Wai Flood Project Funding Advances in Senate

Feb 26, 2019
Wayne Yoshioka

State funding for the Ala Wai flood project is moving forward in the legislature, clearing a key committee today.

Affordable Housing Perspectives: Garboden and O'Toole

Feb 25, 2019

State lawmakers, along with the Governor, are attempting to increase the affordable housing supply for either rent or lease. But, what will work?

AP

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.

Mayor Caldwell Unveils 7-Point Pedestrian Safety Plan

Feb 20, 2019
Wayne Yoshioka

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.

sylvar / Flickr

The full State Senate will vote on a proposal allowing the use of red light camera systems at island intersections.

Olelo Television

There are bills moving through the legislature in both houses that aim to tax currently exempt corporate businesses.

House Committee Advances Zipper Lane Tolls Bill

Feb 13, 2019
Wayne Yoshioka

All House and Senate Bills with multiple committee referrals must reach their final committee by Friday. This is a “do or die deadline” for some bills.

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