- Hawaii plans to take up police reform, health care in 2017 Updated: May-05-16 5:53 am
HONOLULU - As the 2016 legislative session is coming to a close, Hawaii lawmakers have passed dozens of bills including those to ban sex trafficking and combat homelessness.
- Hawaii legislature passing dozens of bills in final week Updated: May-03-16 11:46 pm
HONOLULU - After years of dealing with sweltering classrooms where classroom teachers spritzed their students with water to keep them cool, the Hawaii Legislature has approved $100 million to cool 1,000 classrooms throughout the state.
- The Latest: Hawaii OKs bills on mental health, prison, guns Updated: May-03-16 11:06 pm
HONOLULU - The Latest on the Hawaii Legislature passing dozens of bills ahead of a legislative deadline (all times local):
- Hawaii's $13.7B budget funds housing, health, schools Updated: May-03-16 8:11 pm
HONOLULU - Hawaii lawmakers have passed the state's $13.7 billion budget for 2017, providing funding for affordable housing development, new classroom facilities and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.
- Illegal camping out of bill allowing Airbnb to collect taxes Updated: Apr-29-16 9:27 pm
HONOLULU - Hawaii lawmakers have advanced a bill that would allow online brokers such as Airbnb to collect taxes on behalf of people advertising private rentals on the websites, but they removed part of the proposal that would have targeted illegal camping ads by requiring online brokers to verify the legality of their listings.
- Hawaii lawmakers push renewable energy storage incentives Updated: Apr-28-16 9:55 pm
HONOLULU - Hawaii has the highest rate of residents using solar panels in the nation, and lawmakers want to extend the state's leadership role by offering incentives or rebates to those who buy batteries to store their renewable energy.
- Hawaii looks to allow psychologists to prescribe drugs Updated: Apr-28-16 8:42 pm
HONOLULU - State lawmakers are poised to make Hawaii one of a handful of states that allow psychologists to prescribe medication in hopes of increasing access to mental health services.
- Hawaii looks to grow appeal as destination for sport events Updated: Apr-27-16 8:15 pm
HONOLULU - Millions of visitors come to vacation in Hawaii each year, but state lawmakers say more would come to the islands if there were more sporting events.
- Hawaii bill bans discrimination against transgender patients Updated: Apr-26-16 8:59 pm
HONOLULU - Insurance companies would not be allowed to discriminate against transgender patients under a bill passed by the Hawaii Legislature.
- Dozens protest bill allowing diversion of Maui water Updated: Apr-26-16 8:51 pm
HONOLULU - Kamalani Pahukoa said her family would be able to farm all of their taro patches in Keanae if streams flowing to east Maui are restored.
- Hawaii lawmakers mull bill to clarify medical cannabis rules Updated: Apr-25-16 9:07 pm
HONOLULU - With less than a week to go before Hawaii is scheduled to announce the names of the state's first medical marijuana dispensary owners, lawmakers are considering a bill to clarify gaps in the dispensary law passed last year.
- Hawaii seeks money to fight disease killing ohia trees Updated: Apr-22-16 8:47 pm
HONOLULU - State lawmakers have agreed to give $300,000 to figure out how to stop a fungus that has killed thousands of native ohia trees on Hawaii's Big Island.
- Legislature appoints ethics chief Les Kondo as state auditor Updated: Apr-22-16 7:52 pm
HONOLULU - The Hawaii Legislature has appointed Les Kondo, head of the state's Ethics Commission, to serve as state auditor.
- Hawaii looks for more money to restore Kahoolawe Updated: Apr-21-16 9:42 pm
HONOLULU - A Hawaiian island used as a military bombing range for nearly 50 years is now facing more problems with cuts in funding for restoration efforts.
- AirBNB takes down some campsite listings in Hawaii Updated: Apr-21-16 8:53 pm
HONOLULU - Executives from the lodging website AirBNB have removed some campsite listings from the website in response to Hawaii's attempt to crack down on illegal campsite rentals advertised online.
- Hawaii looks to clarify the public's right to film police Updated: Apr-20-16 11:38 pm
HONOLULU - Hawaii lawmakers are considering a bill to clarify the public's right to photograph or film police officers.
- Hawaii lawmakers look to audit civil asset forfeiture unit Updated: Apr-18-16 10:33 pm
HONOLULU - Hawaii lawmakers want to know how often police are seizing people's property and what happens with money they make from selling it.
- Hawaii bill would excuse breastfeeding moms from jury duty Updated: Apr-18-16 9:56 pm
HONOLULU - Hawaii Sen. Maile Shimabukuro knows firsthand how hard it can be to find an appropriate space for breastfeeding. She found herself pumping milk on the bus while commuting to work when she was breastfeeding her son.
- Hawaii lawmakers look to regulate companies like Uber, Lyft Updated: Apr-15-16 10:36 pm
HONOLULU - Hawaii lawmakers are considering a bill to close the gap in car insurance coverage for transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft.
- Hawaii Legislature to vote on new state auditor Updated: Apr-15-16 10:10 pm
HONOLULU - The Hawaii Legislature is planning to vote to appoint a new state auditor, in a move that would direct the attention of an official who's viewed as a strict government watchdog from the Legislature to the executive branch.
- Bills funding fight against invasive pests die in Senate Updated: Apr-15-16 6:07 am
HILO, Hawaii - Two bills supporting efforts to combat invasive pests on the Big Island, including one that attacks a highly profitable agricultural crop, have failed to make it through the state Senate.
- Hawaii moves to crack down on campsite rentals on Airbnb Updated: Apr-14-16 9:43 pm
HONOLULU - Hawaii lawmakers are taking aim at a burgeoning vacation rental market: online brokers offering up tents to tourists on the islands' world-class beaches and public parks.
- Hawaii mulls work-for-a-day program to help homeless people Updated: Apr-12-16 9:04 pm
HONOLULU - Hawaii is looking for solutions to its homelessness crisis, and lawmakers are considering a program to help connect homeless people with day jobs.
- Hawaii looks to make harsher penalties for dumping pets Updated: Apr-12-16 7:36 pm
HONOLULU - Alongside throngs of lounging tourists on Hawaii's pristine beaches live other creatures that enjoy relaxing in the sun: feral cats. Thousands of the wild cats have made their homes in colonies across the state, and the growing population is causing concern.
- Hawaii lawmakers mull bills on sugar, homelessness, police Updated: Apr-09-16 6:52 pm
HONOLULU - Hawaii lawmakers are up against a major deadline as they head into the final month of the legislative session.