Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Hundreds of bills survive legislative crossover, commission still tinkering with political maps, disaster declared for rain-soaked islands, HGEA endorses Hannemann, Kenoi, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii state Capitol (c) 2012 All Hawaii News
Job creation and economic development remain key priorities as lawmakers near the midway point of the 2012 legislative session. Associated Press.

Both House and Senate on Tuesday managed to plow through hundreds of bills that faced a Thursday deadline. Civil Beat.

State lawmakers Tuesday maintained their focus on economic recovery while they awaited word on whether projected revenue growth will be enough to keep the state budget on track. Star-Advertiser.

As rains pounded down on the state Capitol, members of the House of Representatives hunkered down in a marathon session that saw passage of nearly 300 bills to be sent along for further consideration by the Senate. Hawaii Reporter.

Ahead of the First Crossover deadline,  the Hawaii State Senate passed 372 Senate Bills at its session today.  The bills now head over to the House for consideration. Hawaii Reporter.

House lawmakers today passed 286 measures ahead of Thursday’s first cross-over deadline.  The bills focus on priority areas of economic revitalization and business, agriculture, military affairs, and healthcare. Maui Now.

The state Reapportionment Commission unveiled Tuesday new boundary lines for Oahu House districts to deal with objections from critics who argued the latest lines divided communities and were favorable to current leadership in the House. Star-Advertiser.

The state Reapportionment Commission on Tuesday again revised proposed political boundaries for Oahu House districts and scheduled a final vote for Thursday. Civil Beat.

Proposed voting district maps have changed  again. KHON2.

The Hawaii State Senate Special Committee on Accountability has scheduled a hearing focused on salary and wage over-payments to state employees. Maui Now.

Hawaii moved closer Tuesday to the creation of an interisland electric grid that would be capable of transmitting renewable energy between islands. Civil Beat.

Mufi Hannemann (c) 2012 All Hawaii News
The Hawaii Government Employees Association, the state's largest public-sector union, has endorsed Mufi Hannemann in the race for Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District, representing rural Oahu and the neighbor islands. The union also is backing Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi in his re-election bid. Star-Advertiser.
 Mayor Billy Kenoi (c) 2012 All Hawaii News

The state Senate on Tuesday passed Senate Bill 2967, which seeks to establish a separate collective bargaining unit for Ocean and Water Safety Officers. Garden Island.

The House of Representatives today passed a measure through its third reading that would award people who blow the whistle on those who fail to pay their fair share of taxes in the State of Hawaii. KHON2.

The state House has quietly advanced a measure that would make disorderly and contemptuous behavior at the Legislature a petty misdemeanor. KHON2.

The Hawaii State Senate today gave unanimous approval to a bill that would suspend landing fees for air carriers that provide interisland service to six rural airports in Hawaii. Maui Now.

A bill that would make chronic pain a qualifying condition under Hawaii’s medical marijuana law has been passed by the state Senate, while another that would eliminate chronic pain as a qualifying condition is dead for this year’s legislative session. Tribune-Herald.

Dozens of kids from all over the state are taking on big tobacco companies in the "Youth Unite for Kick Butts Day Rally."  They gathered outside the state capitol to urge lawmakers to crack down on cigarette companies that go after the youth.  Hawaii News Now.

More than $1 million in coastal hazard research grant money is available to communities throughout the Pacific Islands region to help plan for, respond to and recover from coastal storms. KITV4.


The state will hire an investigator to look into concerns over how Wai­pahu High School administrators responded, including reportedly failing to call police, after a student told them she had been sexually assaulted by her coach. Star-Advertiser.

Honolulu's leading rail opponents argue that the public has been hoodwinked into believing that traffic congestion will be better than it is today if the project is built. Civil Beat.

Keahole Solar Power LLC has signed a contract with Hawaiian Electric Co. that commits the utility to buy power from Keahole's planned 5-megawatt solar farm in Kalaeloa in leeward Oahu. Pacific Business News.

Heavy rains pounded the east side of Honolulu today as the Department of Environmental Services responded to two sanitary sewer overflows. Hawaii Independent.


Bankruptcy filings are declining again in Hawaii, a federal bankruptcy judge says. West Hawaii Today.

Pahoa to celebrate gym opening. Tribune-Herald.

Farmers, educators, agricultural experts and novices alike Tuesday in Kailua-Kona delved into the multitude of challenges and opportunities facing Hawaii’s agricultural industry. West Hawaii Today.


Things appeared to be running smoothly at Maui County's Service Center on Monday on the first day that stricter requirements for renewing, reinstating and applying for a Hawaii driver's license took effect. Maui News.

Voters will get to decide whether the county's Division of Ocean Safety should merge with the Maui Fire Department, after members of the Charter Commission decided Monday to put the proposal on ballots this fall. Maui News.

Sharon M. Suzuki has been named to succeed the retiring Ed Reinhardt as president of Maui Electric Co. as of May 1. Maui News.


Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed a disaster proclamation for Kaua‘i and O‘ahu Tuesday morning as rains continued to fall on portions of the drenched islands. Garden Island.

Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. has declared a disaster for his county after several days of heavy rains caused roads to flood and sewage to spill. Associated Press.

Grove Farm Co. has extended the eviction deadline for Koloa Camp tenants, giving them 30 more days before they have to move from their Kauai homes. Star-Advertiser.

Grove Farm announced Tuesday it is providing a 30-day extension of its eviction of Koloa Camp residents. Garden Island.

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