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Annual report highlights improving economic, fiscal trajectory

MEDIA RELEASE The state’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013, has been completed and shows Hawaii’s asset growth has outpaced liability growth for the first time in seven years. “The report measures the state’s net worth and overall fiscal health, which clearly shows strong positive fiscal growth over […]

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Senate Minority’s 2014 legislative package

MEDIA RELEASE Sen. Sam Slom, the minority leader in state Senate, spoke at a news conference Friday to unveil his 2014 Legislative Package. Slom indicated the Senate Minority’s primary goal is to give more power to the people of Hawaii. At the press conference, he said, “The Senate Minority this year, with renewed vigor, has […]

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DOE reports on school year and instructional time

MEDIA RELEASE The state Department of Education has provided its 2014 report on School Year and Instructional Time before a joint legislative education committee hearing. Act 167 and Act 52 define student instructional hours as “… student learning time during which students are engaged in learning activities including regularly-scheduled instruction and learning assessments within the […]

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Senate introduces more than 1,000 bills

MEDIA RELEASE The state Senate has introduced 1,127 Senate bills on this second year of the 27th Legislature. The deadline for bill introductions was Thursday, Jan. 23. The measures are now being sent to their respective committees for consideration. The Hawaii Senate and House Majorities recently announced a joint majority package of priorities for the […]

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Tanning bill protects health, safety of minors

MEDIA RELEASE HB 611 HD1, relating to tanning facilities, passed third reading Tuesday in the House and moves to the Senate for its consideration. The measure seeks to protect the health and safety of minors by making it unlawful for a tanning facility to allow individuals under 18 to use tanning equipment that tans the […]

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Senate offers videoconferencing for testimony statewide

MEDIA RELEASE Beginning this legislative session, all Hawaii residents will now have the chance to testify at hearings before the Senate Committees on Education (EDU) and Technology and the Arts (TEC) without physically being there. In January 2013, the Senate began a pilot project to allow neighbor island residents the opportunity to participate in the […]

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Two bills address ‘consumer fraud’ in coffee labeling

MEDIA RELEASE Rep. Nicole Lowen and Sen. Russell Ruderman, at the urging of the Kona Coffee Farmers Association, have introduced companion bills in the Hawaii Legislature’s 2014 Session to reduce consumer fraud and deception caused by current state coffee labeling laws. Lowen’s bill is HB1515 “Relating to Agriculture” and Ruderman’s bill is SB2354 “Relating to […]

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Bills address farmers, marijuana, driving

Hawaii 24/7 Staff State lawmakers are introducing scads of bills at the beginning of this year’s Legislature, covering a variety of issues including farming, safe driving, housing and homelessness, marijuana cultivation and the Hawaii Health Connector. Among the bills already introduced: STRONGER PROTECTIONS FOR HAWAII’S FARMERS AND RANCHERS Rep. Richard H.K. Onishi (Hilo, Keaau, Kurtistown, […]

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Governor affirms fiscal health in State of the State address

Abercrombie: ‘We are now entering a new phase. The administration’s package and supplemental budget do not rely on any new taxes or fees’

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Governor shares 2010-13 administration accomplishments

MEDIA RELEASE In anticipation of his fourth State of the State Address, Gov. Neil Abercrombie shared his administration’s accomplishments over the past three years with the state Legislature, news media and the general public. The accomplishments highlight the Abercrombie Administration’s commitment to growing a sustainable economy, investing in people, and transforming state government. “This administration […]

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Hunting bills introduced in House

MEDIA RELEASE A package of five bills aimed at recognizing the impact of hunting on Hawaii’s outdoor heritage and focusing on ways to help strengthen and improve hunting activities have been filed in the House of Representatives by Rep. Cindy Evans (North Kona, North Kohala, South Kohala). “Hunting is both a subsistence and recreational activity […]

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2014 House committee assignments, appointments

MEDIA RELEASE The state House of Representatives convened Wednesday the 2014 Legislative Session. In conducting the official business of the day, the House voted to pass several measures including one designating committee assignments changes for members. “I’d like to congratulate and welcome Rep. Creagan to the House, as our newest member,” said Majority Leader Scott […]

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House-Senate majority package focuses on kupuna, environment

MEDIA RELEASE Senate and House leaders today announced a joint majority package of priorities for the 2014 legislative session. The last time a joint majority package was unveiled was during the 2008 Legislative Session. Lawmakers will focus their combined efforts on two major areas of concern: Seniors and the Environment. The significance of a joint […]

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House to hear bill to ban smoking on beaches

MEDIA RELEASE A ban on smoking on all public beaches in Hawaii (HB 325) will be considered Wednesday, Jan. 22 at a joint hearing before the Water and Land Committee and the Ocean, Marine Resources and Hawaiian Affairs Committee. The Water and Land Committee is chaired by Rep. Cindy Evans (North Kona, North Kohala, South […]

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