Latest Hawaii State Legislature News

Hawaii bill promotes zero-emission travel between islands

May. 19, 2022 21:49 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers this year passed legislation creating a working group to develop ways to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions on transportation between the islands. Sen. Chris Lee said at a news conference on Thursday that Hawaii has some of the highest...

House arrest for Hawaii man accused of killing wife's lover

May. 06, 2022 21:17 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A judge ordered a Hawaii man into house arrest Friday after a prosecutor argued his wealth makes him a flight risk and he poses a danger to his wife after allegedly killing her lover. Prosecutors wanted Eric Thompson behind bars after a grand jury indicted him for...

Hawaii Legislature passes bill raising minimum wage to $18

May. 03, 2022 20:11 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers passed legislation Tuesday that would hike the state's minimum wage to $18 an hour by 2028, potentially the highest in the nation. Advocates say the raise is badly needed in a state that routinely tops lists for most expensive housing and cost of...

Flush revenue leads means funds for Native Hawaiian programs

May. 03, 2022 01:10 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers are on course to commit $600 million to a long-underfunded program providing housing and land leases to Native Hawaiians as they wrap up the current legislative session this week. The allocations come after Hawaii tourism and state tax revenues...

Hawaii House, Senate to vote on raising minimum wage to $18

Apr. 29, 2022 21:36 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A committee of Hawaii senators and representatives on Friday agreed on legislation that would raise the state's minimum wage to $18 an hour by 2028. The bill goes to the full House and Senate for votes next week. Hawaii currently has a minimum wage...

Mauna Kea management bill heads to Hawaii House, Senate

Apr. 29, 2022 20:58 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A committee of Hawaii senators and representatives on Friday agreed on legislation creating new management for Mauna Kea, the site of some of the world's most advanced telescopes and demonstrations against the construction of a new observatory. An amended bill...

Hawaii panel promotes steps to improve conduct in government

Mar. 31, 2022 18:55 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii commission formed after two former lawmakers were arrested in connection with taking bribes on Thursday recommended boosting the state attorney general's capacity to prosecute white collar crime and public corruption. The panel included the guidance in an...

Ige appoints Costales to replace former lawmaker Cullen

Mar. 09, 2022 20:23 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Wednesday appointed a nonprofit manager to fill the state House seat vacated by former Rep. Ty Cullen, who resigned last month when prosecutors alleged he took bribes in exchange for influencing legislation. Luella Costales will serve the...