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  • Hawaii lawmakers agree to end police sex loophole 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 11:04 pm
  • HONOLULU - Hawaii lawmakers in both chambers agree that legal permission for police to have sex with prostitutes should end.

  • Illinois gives early OK to $100M for Obama museum 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 5:19 pm
  • CHICAGO - Even though Chicago is where Barack Obama got his start in politics, first lady Michelle Obama grew up and the Obamas still call their hometown, state and local officials aren't taking for granted that the Windy City will land the president's official library.

  • Hawaii weighs expanded coverage for infertility 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 12:05 am
  • HONOLULU - When Piilani Smith was diagnosed with infertility at the doctor's office and chose to pursue fertility treatment, she was shocked by what she learned.

  • Hawaii bills draw clash on future developments 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 10:52 pm
  • HONOLULU - A bill that affects development in Honolulu's urban core is touching off debate about the future of Hawaii and whether development will sprawl into rural areas or make the state's most populous city more dense.

  • Hawaii Legislature shifts, leaves some bills dead 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 9:58 pm
  • HONOLULU - Hawaii lawmakers are heading into the final stretch of their legislative session, and the fates of many bills have been decided thanks to the passing of a major deadline.

  • Outdoors groups hit lawmaker with ethics complaint 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 11:34 pm
  • HONOLULU - Rock climbers, mountain bikers and other outdoors enthusiasts filed an ethics complaint Thursday against a Hawaii House lawmaker over changes her committee made changes to a bill that could help expand public access to Hawaii's mountains and trails.

  • Hawaii lawmakers gut and replace contents of bills 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 2:25 am
  • HONOLULU - A series of bills that lawmakers passed in the Hawaii Senate were drafted without giving the public the proper chance to weigh in, following a "gut-and-replace" maneuver scorned by government watchdog groups.

  • Hawaii health-care exchange needs $4.7M next year 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 10:56 pm
  • HONOLULU - The head of the Hawaii Health Connector told a panel of lawmakers Wednesday that the troubled health exchange will need $4.7 million to be financially sustainable next year.

  • Hawaii Senators grill state hospital administrator 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 5:46 pm
  • HONOLULU - Lawmakers quizzed the acting Hawaii State Hospital administrator in a hearing to investigate accounts of violence and mismanagement at the facility.

  • Hawaii lawmakers pass minimum wage hike 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 11:19 pm
  • HONOLULU - Lawmakers have passed a bill that will raise the minimum wage in Hawaii.

  • Hawaii lawmakers plow through mountain of bills 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 11:01 pm
  • HONOLULU - Hawaii lawmakers plowed through a mountain of bills Tuesday in advance of a legislative deadline, moving swiftly through their work until they hit a sex education bill that drew criticism from gay rights opponents and generated a salty debate in the state House.

  • Hawaii lawmakers shovel resolutions at deadline 
    Updated: Apr-05-14 10:08 am
  • HONOLULU - The deadline for concurrent resolutions to cross over from the House to the Senate, or vice-versa, has come and gone. That meant a flurry of hearings on concurrent resolutions - those requiring passage by both legislative chambers - during the week. More than 100 such resolutions survived crossover, while many others are now formally dead.

  • Hawaii panel says no to eating cats and dogs 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 10:02 pm
  • HONOLULU - A House committee has approved a bill to outlaw eating cats and dogs in Hawaii, a measure supported by animal lovers who lobbied lawmakers with their pets.

  • Hawaii House passes smoking ban in public housing 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 7:53 pm
  • HONOLULU - Residents in public housing might soon have a harder time finding a place to smoke.

  • Republican state Senator proposes smaller budget 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 7:13 pm
  • HONOLULU - Hawaii's lone Republican in the State Senate on Friday proposed a smaller state budget than what his Democratic counterparts approved in a longshot move to make the argument the state is headed for fiscal disaster if it doesn't change course.

  • Outdoor enthusiasts relieved panel passes bill 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 12:11 am
  • HONOLULU - A key state House committee advanced a bill Thursday evening that limit's the state's liability on public lands, relieving outdoor enthusiasts worried that litigation fears could lead to parks being shut down.

  • Djou enters race for Hawaii congressional seat 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 12:05 am
  • HONOLULU - Former U.S. Rep. Charles Djou of Hawaii has announced that he will run for Congress again, hoping to fill the seat that Rep. Colleen Hanabusa will vacate as she runs for U.S. Senate.

  • Invasive little fire ants discovered in Waimanalo 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 6:27 pm
  • HONOLULU - A state lawmaker accused Hawaii agriculture officials of delaying an announcement that an infestation of little fire ants was discovered in Waimanalo.

  • Hawaii nudging Facebook to distinguish Kailuas 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 10:55 pm
  • HONOLULU - Kailua is a town on the east side of the Hawaiian island of Oahu, well enough known to be a yearly vacation getaway for President Barack Obama. Kailua-Kona, 40 minutes away by plane, faces west from the island of Hawaii, also known as the Big Island.

  • Hawaii committee: No more tanning beds for teens 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 10:43 pm
  • HONOLULU - It's looking less likely that teenagers in Hawaii will be allowed to hit the tanning salons before going to the beach.

  • Hawaii state Senate passes $12B state budget 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 11:05 pm
  • HONOLULU - The Hawaii Senate on Monday passed a $12 billion state budget for the 2015 fiscal year, envisioning less spending than what Gov. Neil Abercrombie originally proposed.

  • Hawaii Health Connector rushing to sign people up 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 10:36 pm
  • HONOLULU - Hawaii's health exchange officials pushed to enroll as many people as possible Monday, the day of a key deadline under President Barack Obama's overhaul law.

  • Obama backs Schatz over Hanabusa in Hawaii race 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 7:25 pm
  • WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Monday threw his support to Sen. Brian Schatz over Colleen Hanabusa in Hawaii's Senate race, stepping into a primary that has been divisive for voters in the state where Obama was born.

  • 5 things ahead this week in the Hawaii Legislature 
    Updated: Mar-30-14 9:08 am
  • HONOLULU - Lawmakers in Hawaii have been pushing and prodding hundreds of bills through the Legislature, and this week is no exception, as the Legislature enters the final month of the session.

  • Ige: Hawaii senators need time on health exchange 
    Updated: Mar-28-14 10:40 pm
  • HONOLULU - Hawaii state Sen. David Ige said a crush of testimony on a bill to shore up the state's troubled health exchange means lawmakers need more time to make a decision.