Latest Hawaii State Legislature News

Maui watershed purchase could be delayed due to virus cuts

May. 25, 2020 11:16 AM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A county government's acquisition of a private water delivery system for Maui’s drinking water may be delayed because of budget cuts resulting from the coronavirus outbreak. Maui County Water Director Jeff Pearson said his department had allocated $2.5 million to evaluate the...

Hawaii lawmakers recess after addressing budget shortfall

May. 21, 2020 10:24 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers on Thursday recessed after passing multiple funding bills designed to cope with the shock of the coronavirus pandemic that has hammered the state's tourism-dependent economy. House and Senate leaders said they expected to reconvene around June 15 to continue their work. ...

Hawaii governor outlines phased reopening plans

May. 18, 2020 10:40 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Monday laid out a framework that counties may follow for opening more businesses and operations, including gyms, dine-in restaurants and churches as the state eases restrictions to control the spread of the coronavirus. But people will still have to observe social...

Hawaii setting aside virus relief funds for unemployment

May. 17, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers plan to set aside more than half of the money the state received in federal coronavirus relief money to bolster the state’s unemployment insurance fund. The House Finance Committee on Friday approved legislation sending $635 million, out of $1.25 billion allocated by...

Hawaii lawmakers outline plans to make up budget shortfall

May. 11, 2020 10:47 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers said Monday they plan to plug a projected $1 billion hole in the state budget for the upcoming fiscal year by using money from the rainy day fund, reducing vacancies in state bureaucracies and issuing bonds. The shortfall developed as the spread of the coronavirus pandemic...

Hawaii legislature to reconvene next week to discuss budget

May. 7, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers will reconvene starting Monday for at least six legislative days to address an estimated $1 billion budget shortfall brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, House and Senate leaders said Thursday. House Speaker Scott Saiki acknowledged the governor’s stay-at-home...

This March 20, 2020 photo shows yellow coronavirus testing tents at the entrance to the emergency room of The Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu, one of the hospitals in Hawaii where many mentally ill patients are taken. Among the business Hawaii lawmakers left unfinished when they abruptly suspended the state Legislature to help slow the spread of the coronavirus were proposals to improve psychiatric care for the state's mentally ill. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

Virus clouds prospects for Hawaii's mental health reforms

Mar. 27, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Among the business Hawaii lawmakers left unfinished when they abruptly suspended the Legislature to help slow the spread of the coronavirus were proposals to improve psychiatric care for the state's mentally ill. Lawmakers had convened with a new sense of urgency on this topic after a...