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HONOLULU — Hawaii's lawmakers on Thursday wrapped up a legislative session marked by a generous influx of federal aid that helped the islands weather a pandemic that threw tens of thousands of people out of work and upended the state’s tourism-dependent economy.

HILO, Hawaii — A bill that would allow Hawaii's four counties to impose an additional tax on hotel rooms and vacation rentals passed its final reading in the state Legislature.

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State lawmakers pass measure allowing state to extend leases of public lands; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Investigations of police fatal shootings; The Long View: Public relationship with law enforcement; Pandemic parenting and education tips; Native Hawaiian sons of the Civil War

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HONOLULU — The Hawaii House on Tuesday quashed a bill that would have eliminated no-knock warrants, a centerpiece of police reform legislation proposed in the wake of high-profile killings by police across the nation.

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HONOLULU — Hawaii was poised to become the 49th state to recognize Juneteenth after the House and Senate passed legislation Tuesday designating June 19 as a day to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States.


A bill that would require at least 10% of state-bought produce to be local has passed both the state House and Senate.

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A bill prohibiting intentional balloon releases passed through the state legislature last week and has been sent to Governor David Ige's desk.

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Fewer students living on college campuses may help keep them safe from the coronavirus, but sexual violence remains a topic of discussion at the University of Hawaii.

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Raising awareness of sexual assault at the University of Hawaii; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Latest from state legislature; Art educators leave their legacy; Local bookstore celebrates; Comedian Tumua Tuinei on local style humor

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Hawaii state House leaders have resisted union pressure to revive bills that would raise the minimum wage and exempt unemployment benefits from state income taxes.

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Two state Senate committees have voted to advance a House bill that would reconfigure how the aerospace industry is managed in Hawaii with amendments that some argue limit the duties and resources of the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

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The state of Hawai‘i's economy with Paul Brewbaker; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Latest Developments From the State Legislature

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Remote testimony at the State Legislature; State mismanagement of Native Hawaiian burial grounds; Reality Check: American Samoans can return home after quarantine in Hawaii; Maui County planning 5,000 affordable housing units in five years; The Rent and Relief Housing Assistance Program.

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Lawmakers Approve $16B Budget For Fiscal 2020, 2021

Mar 27, 2019
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State House and Senate legislators approved a two-year operating budget today calling for hundreds of millions of dollars for state employee retirement and health benefits and other monies to address major disasters, fight invasive species and maintain highways.

Developers to Lawmakers: Cut Processing Time

Aug 16, 2017
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A Joint Legislative Committee conducted another informational hearing on Affordable Housing today.  As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, this time, lawmakers heard from developers.

Legislature: 22,500 Affordable Rentals in 10 years

May 12, 2016

The Legislature appropriated millions for affordable housing statewide.   But as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, it’s a long-term goal that will require a significant investment.

Legislative Conference Committees Focus on Homelessness

Apr 19, 2016
Wayne Yoshioka

State Senate and House lawmakers began working out their differences on more than 300 bills today.   A high priority this session was homelessness and affordable housing.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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This is Day 25 at the State Legislature as lawmakers consider passage of hundreds of bills to meet a critical deadline.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Legislature Tackles Homelessness

Feb 16, 2016
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Homelessness was cited by legislative leaders as the most pressing issue this session.  There are more than 130 bills relating to homelessness and affordable housing.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has this update on some of the bills that are advancing as we near the one-third mark on the legislative calendar.

Homeless Programs and Funding Reviewed

Jan 13, 2016
Wayne Yoshioka

The joint Senate and House money committees conducted another pre-session budget hearing today and lawmakers focused on one of the key issues in the state.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

State Legislature Starts 2015 Session

Jan 21, 2015
Wayne Yoshioka

The State Legislature officially opened its 2015 session today.   Common themes of restoring public confidence in government and no new taxes were emphasized in both chambers.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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A Joint House and Senate Environmental Committee focused on the resources needed to manage the growing threat of invasive species in Hawai’i.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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State lawmakers were briefed today on where health agencies and medical facilities are in preparing for infectious disease outbreaks like Ebola.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

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The State Legislature is considering a number of bills to provide tax relief for residents on the verge of becoming homeless.   One sweeping measure is proposing a number of tax breaks for those in need.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

Hawai'i Legislature Convenes 27th Session

Jan 15, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

The Legislature convened for its 27th session today, with both Houses honoring more than 80 former lawmakers who served since Statehood 55 years ago.   But as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the top issues for this upcoming session were also laid out by the legislative leadership.