Hawaii becomes 12th state to ban gay conversion therapy for minors
Gay rights advocates say the practice, which is largely discredited by healthcare professionals, does more harm than good to those who are subjected to it. Hawaii News Now.
Lawmakers reach deals on homelessness, agricultural issues
Lawmakers agreed to the first new agricultural pesticide regulations bill, SB3095 and its corresponding drafts. But the biggest deal Fridaywas a $30 million commitment to build six more homeless villages which would be called Ohana Zones. Hawaii News Now. Civil Beat. Maui Now
Pesticide compromise reached as conference committee time expires
Measures on medical marijuana and all-mail voting are moving forward before the session wraps up next week. Civil Beat. West Hawaii Today
Lawmakers offer developers big tax break to build apartments
But critics question a proposal that would subsidize rents as high as $3,000 for a one-bedroom unit. Honolulu just doesn’t have the same options for apartment rentals that exists in Seattle or New York. With a red-hot market, it makes a lot more sense to build and sell million-dollar condos, says Jon Wallenstrom of Alakai Development. Civil Beat.
Bill allows tourists to buy medical marijuana
Out-of-state marijuana patients visiting Hawaii soon may be allowed to buy their medicinal pot at local dispensaries, a potential boon to the fledgling cannabis industry. Star-Advertiser.
Sunscreen ban closer to becoming law
Senate Bill 2571 would bill ban the sale of sunscreens with oxybenzone and octynoxate. Legislators will cast their final vote Tuesday. Sen. Laura Thielen said, “We have to be making in-roads to reduce the damage to all of these sources because our corals are under such stress. And if they go, our whole fishery, ecosystem and habitat go.” KHON2.
Bill enforcing online sales tax advances
Lawmakers have tentatively agreed to amend state law to position Hawaii to quickly begin collecting excise taxes from online sales if the U.S. Supreme Court authorizes the states to do so. Star-Advertiser.
HTA budget cuts head to floor vote
State lawmakers agreed last week to trim the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s funding but lessened the impact by agreeing to forgive its debt on the Hawaii Convention Center. Star-Advertiser.
National hotel group calls for taxation and regulation of vacation rental sites
A renewed call from a national hotel group asks state and local government leaders to start taxing Airbnb and other short-term rental sites with the same oversight and transparency as hotels. KITV.
Domestic violence victims decry legislative inaction
Dozens gathered at a rally organized by women’s advocacy groups Sunday at the state Capitol urging lawmakers to pass legislation in support of victims of domestic violence. Several participants expressed outrage that state legislators have failed to pass multiple bills dealing with domestic violence. Star-Advertiser.
Commission investigating congressional candidate Ing
The state Campaign Spending Commission is taking a close look at state lawmaker and Congressional Candidate Kaniela Ing’s campaigns for his state House seat. Hawaii News Now.
UH campuses take lead with solar power
The Kahului campus expects to become in April 2019 one of the first universities in the country that is energy self- sufficient, relying on solar power captured from rooftops and parking lots and stored in batteries on its 78-acre campus.Star-Advertiser.
State seeks farmers to grow hemp as crop
The state Department of Agriculture announced earlier this month that it is accepting applications for state licenses to grow hemp.Star-Advertiser.