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Stories with organization: Hawaii State Legislature
  • Hawaii Legislature chips away at reforming police forces 
    Updated: May-21-15 12:37 am

    HONOLULU - Hawaii lawmakers had hopes for rebuilding public trust in the state's police departments, but a number of bills that aimed to initiate reforms died during the 2015 session.

  • Little-known bills: pests, toilets and election reforms 
    Updated: May-10-15 8:10 pm

    HONOLULU - The Hawaii Legislature has wrapped up its work for 2015, ending a session that drew attention for talk of medical marijuana dispensaries, rail tax extensions and Maui hospitals. There were hundreds of bills that were heard in committees that had lower profiles.

  • Hawaii lawmakers vote to get rid of ethanol in gas mandate 
    Updated: May-06-15 1:17 pm

    HONOLULU - Hawaii is poised to join an odd coalition of environmentalists, fuel manufacturers and chicken farmers who want to do away with a mandate to mix fuel with ethanol.

  • Hawaii Senate President Kim ousted in unusual shakeup story has photos
    Updated: May-06-15 12:34 am

    HONOLULU - State senators ousted Hawaii Senate President Donna Mercado Kim and replaced her with Sen. Ronald Kouchi, putting Hawaii's neighbor islands in a more prominent role with a representative from Kauai at the helm.

  • Hawaii passes bills on energy, sex trafficking, rail tax 
    Updated: May-06-15 12:32 am

    HONOLULU - Hawaii lawmakers passed dozens of bills Tuesday heading into the final days of the Legislative session, approving plans that could raise taxes, save energy and ban sex trafficking. A bill to set up a system of medical marijuana dispensaries is scheduled for a full legislative vote on Thursday.

  • Bill to extend rail tax for 5 years passes Legislature 
    Updated: May-05-15 9:58 pm

    HONOLULU - A tax to fund Oahu's planned rail transit project could be extended under a plan approved by the Hawaii Legislature.

  • Hawaii bill for birth certificate gender change passes 
    Updated: May-05-15 9:07 pm

    HONOLULU - The Hawaii Legislature passed a bill that could make it a lot easier for transgender people to change their gender on their birth certificates, joining a growing number of states to make the change.

  • Hawaii committee passes medical marijuana dispensaries bill 
    Updated: May-04-15 10:16 pm

    HONOLULU - Patients have waited nearly 15 years for legal access to medical marijuana in Hawaii, and they are now one step closer to reaching that goal.