Hawaii State News, 28 January 2019

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UH puts tuition hikes on hold
Citing a hindrance to enrollment growth, the University of Hawaii is looking at ways to tackle tuition costs. On Sunday, the university announced a proposal to hold off on tuition hikes that were set to go into effect this school year. The hikes, which were set to raise tuition 1 to 2 percent, would be put on hold for the next four years at campuses system-wide. Hawaii News Now. KITV. Star-Advertiser.

A looming public corruption scandal involving state figures
Frank James Lyon admitted paying public officials in Hawaii and Micronesia more than $400,000 in bribes that bought his firm more than $10 million in contract work over a decade. Federal authorities prosecuting the case have declined to publicly identify which Hawaii state officials Lyon admitted paying more than $250,000 to in order to secure a $2.5 million contract for Lyon Associates. Civil Beat.

Not all lawmakers embrace gut-and-replace tactic
The dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the Hawaii Legislature’s practice of gutting bills and replacing them with entirely new content often unrelated to a bill’s original intent is expected to be appealed. In the meantime, more than a half-dozen lawmakers are expressing their opposition to the practice known as “gut-and-replace.” Civil Beat.

Bail reform on tap in Legislature
A task force established to examine pretrial detention for criminal defendants has recommended eliminating bail for nonviolent offenders charged with misdemeanors and petty misdemeanors but stopped short of eliminating cash bail altogether. Tribune-Herald.

Lawmaker wants fluoride added to  water system to improve oral health
Senator Karl Rhoads explained reducing tooth decay is one of the reasons why he’s fighting for the change. “We have the worst children’s dental health in the country.  We’re at number 50. At the third grade level we have more cavities than any other state,” said Rhoads. Rhoads said the four, big water systems of each county would be required to fluoridate their water.  It’s an idea he’s confident would be safe and cost-effective. KITV.

Lawmakers will address major policy questions attributed to climate change
Rising seas and crumbling shorelines are staring lawmakers in the face as they consider more than a dozen bills dealing with climate change this session. Where should the state armor its shoreline against rising seas and where should residents and businesses retreat? Should Hawaii start setting money aside now to relocate coastal highways that are forecast to be underwater in the coming years? Civil Beat.

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