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Bill to Ban Aquarium Fishing Heard by Senate Committee

Feb 11, 2019
Prof. Gail Grabowski

A proposed bill to ban all aquarium fishing statewide had a hearing Friday.

House Health Committee Tables Anti-Abortion Bill

Feb 7, 2019
Wayne Yoshioka

The first anti-abortion bill in 20 years was heard today by the state legislature in a standing-room only committee room.

Agriculture Day at the Legislature

Feb 6, 2019
Wayne Yoshioka

It was Agriculture Day at the State Capitol today inside committee rooms and outside on display tables.

Legislature Considers Bills to Revamp TAT

Feb 5, 2019

State Lawmakers are considering legislation to revamp how tourism taxes are distributed to the counties. 

Wayne Yoshioka

A coalition of state lawmakers and community health organizations are pushing to outlaw flavored tobacco products in Hawai’i. 

Wayne Yoshioka

The State’s County Mayors briefed a joint session of the Senate and House Finance Committees today.

Hawai'i Legislative Keiki Caucus: Year of the Child

Jan 30, 2019
Wayne Yoshioka

The state legislature is also focusing on Keiki this session.

Governor Signs Early Childhood State Plan

Jan 30, 2019
Wayne Yoshioka

It’s shaping up to be the year of the Keiki or Child at the State Capitol.

Wayne Yoshioka

The dates for the Honolulu City Council District 4 Special Election were announced today.

Honolulu City Council District 4 Race

Jan 28, 2019
Wayne Yoshioka

The upcoming Special Election for the Honolulu City Council District 4 seat has not been scheduled. But the candidates aren’t waiting to go back on the campaign trail.

Firearms Open Carry: Consequences for Hawai'i

Jan 24, 2019
Wayne Yoshioka

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.

Wayne Yoshioka

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.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Governor delivered his State of the State address to the Legislature today.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Supreme Court heard oral arguments today on the District IV general election challenge in which Councilmember Trevor Ozawa had a 22-vote margin of victory over challenger Tommy Waters.  Attorney Thomas Otake, who represents 39 East O’ahu voters and Tommy Waters, an attorney who represented himself, argued that late votes were counted and mistakes were made.  Here’s an excerpt with Attorney Otake followed by Attorney Waters.

Teen Vaping Epidemic In Hawai'i

Jan 17, 2019
Wayne Yoshioka

The use of e-cigarettes among high school teens in Hawai’i is two times higher than the national average, according to the latest surveys.  And, the state legislature will be asked again to tighten Hawai’i laws this session.

State Legislature Convenes for 2019 Session

Jan 17, 2019
Wayne Yoshioka

The State Legislature convened yesterday for its Opening Day ceremonies.

Wayne Yoshioka

Nonprofits and other organizations seeking grants in aid from the State Legislature have a Friday deadline to turn in their applications. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka visited one of last year’s recipients in Hilo. 

Wayne Yoshioka

A State Audit of the Honolulu Rail Project was released today.

Wayne Yoshioka

The State’s General Fund forecast for the current fiscal year was lowered less than one percentage point today, meaning there’s less money to spend in the upcoming legislative session.

New State Lawmakers and Their Priorities

Jan 8, 2019
Wayne Yoshioka

There are 12 new state lawmakers for the upcoming session – 9 in the House and 3 in the Senate. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka caught up with some of them and filed this report.  

State Biosecurity Plan Update

Jan 7, 2019
Wayne Yoshioka

The State Department of Agriculture briefed members of the Senate today on some of its budget priorities.

State House Unveils Workplace Harassment Policy

Jan 7, 2019
Wayne Yoshioka

The State House of Representatives updated its new workplace harassment policy.

A Taxing Tax Season

Dec 26, 2018
401k / Flickr

 

While many people are on vacation this week, there are several business days left in 2018. That means you still have time for some last minute adjustments in what will be a complicated tax season.

Wayne Yoshioka

A solemn remembrance started 24 years ago continues at the State Capitol grounds.

Wayne Yoshioka

The post-Millennial generation will be entering the workforce in great numbers next year and there are some lessons they could learn from older cohorts – like hooking up on the job.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Homelessness Coalition of state, county, faith-based and social services organizations is setting its priorities for the upcoming legislative session.

Department of Health

Hawai’i homes with cesspools must be upgraded by 2050. But, a State Environmental Council Committee is calling for more scientific evidence to drive this mandate.

Office of the Governor

The Governor submitted his executive budget request to the state legislature today as required by law.

Wayne Yoshioka

The upcoming tax preparation season in Hawai’i, according to some accountants, will be one of the most complicated in at least 3 decades.

San Joaquin Sheriff's Office

The State announced today the conclusion of an administrative investigation into Randall Saito’s escape from the State Hospital two years ago.

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