Hawaii State News, evening edition, 01 May 2018


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“Hawaii Business Magazine”, evening update, 01 May 2018.

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Here are the top Hawaii State news stories compiled by “Hawaii Business Magazine.”  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

TOP STORIES
State poised to make precedential law protecting coral reefs
Senate Bill 2571, introduced by Sen. Mike Gabbard, prohibits the sale and distribution of over-the-counter sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate. The bill passed out of conference committee on Friday and is headed to floor votes by both the House and Senate. If it passes, it goes to Gov. David Ige for his signature. Star-Advertiser. Maui News.

Legislation regulating elderly care homes faces House and Senate vote
House Bill 1911 would give regulators the power to crack down on care homes, including so-called aging-in-place, or AIP, facilities, the first of which was fined $325,000 earlier this year by the state Department of Health.  Star-Advertiser.

Popular subsidies for kupuna caregivers set to be greatly restricted
A major change to a financial assistance program designed to help those caring for Hawaii’s senior citizens is upsetting some caregivers. Hawaii News Now.

Did politics kill the airport authority?
A bill that would have created a dedicated governing body to take control of the state’s airports was unexpectedly killed Friday despite being on the verge of passage. Tribune-Herald.

Proposed property tax now in the hands of voters
Voters will see on the November ballot a measure seeking to generate public education funding through a surcharge tax on high-value residential investment properties. Several other education-related bills are awaiting a final reading today and likely are headed to Ige’s desk.Tribune-Herald.

OHA trustee under investigation for accepting $72K from heiress
Rowena Akana says charges against her by the state ethics commission are inaccurate and politically motivated. Civil Beat.

Inequality study overlooked thousands of Micronesian immigrants
Service providers say more data is needed to help Hawaii’s most recent immigrants. Missing data about Pacific island communities is a chronic problem nationwide. Immigrant communities are small and often misunderstood, even though they’re fast growing. Civil Beat.

PUC approves Hawaiian Telcom sale
The second of two Hawaii regulatory agencies has blessed the pending sale of local phone, TV and internet service provider Hawaiian Telcom to Ohio-based Cincinnati Bell. Members of the state Public Utilities Commission voted 3-0 Monday to approve the $650 million deal with several conditions. Star-Advertiser.

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