Latest Hawaii State Legislature News

Hawaii panel discusses proposals for legislative term limits

Jun. 15, 2022 23:39 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A panel created by the state House of Representatives to recommend reforms after two former lawmakers admitted taking bribes discussed proposals to establish term limits for legislators at a meeting Wednesday. The Commission to Improve Standards of Conduct is...

Hawaii lawmakers pass some reforms after bribery scandal

Jun. 10, 2022 21:53 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers this year passed several bills to boost government transparency and promote better lawmaker behavior. But their critics, and some lawmakers themselves, say they still have work to do, especially after a bribery scandal sullied the state Legislature. ...

Hawaii ex-lawmaker gets new sentencing date in bribery case

Jun. 03, 2022 20:18 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A judge has set a new sentencing date for former Hawaii state Rep. Ty Cullen, who earlier this year pleaded guilty to one count in connection with his acceptance of bribes when he was a lawmaker. He’s now due to be sentenced on Oct. 20 instead of July 5. Cullen's...

Panel mulls reforms to improve elected official conduct

Jun. 01, 2022 22:57 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii commission formed to improve standards of conduct for elected officials after a bribery scandal rocked the Legislature this year met Wednesday to discuss ethics-related reform proposals. Robert Harris, a panel member who is also the executive director of...

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...