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Top Story: Lawmakers want to prevent gun violence with improved mental health care.
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Accessed on 05 February 2020, 2310 UTC, Post 20233.
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|Lawmakers seek to boost mental health care, tighten gun laws with new bills
A legislative package was announced Tuesday aimed at preventing gun violence in the state by filling the gaps in mental health care. The proposed bills seeks to increase mental health training for Public Safety Department employees, and allots funding for more mental health resources and services. Hawaii News Now. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. KHON2. KITV. West Hawaii Today.
Lawmakers work to keep mentally ill out of jail. Civil Beat.
Lawmakers want state to reconcile with Native Hawaiians
The Legislature wants to find solutions to long-standing issues facing Native Hawaiians in the state. Identical resolutions introduced in the House and Senate on Monday ask Gov. David Ige to convene a commission to look into how the state can better understand and address the needs of Native Hawaiians. Civil Beat.
25% of sex trafficking victims led into it by family, study finds
The “Sex Trafficking in Hawaii 2019” report released Tuesday is the third segment of a multipart study on sex trafficking by the Arizona State University Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research and the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Sex trafficking study finds high percentage of Native Hawaiian victims. KITV.
Coronavirus quarantine site ready to go
State officials Tuesday toured a Pearl Harbor quarantine site provided by the Navy to monitor the dwindling number of U.S. citizens returning to the United States from Hubei province in China, which is the epicenter of a coronavirus outbreak. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. KHON2.
Hawaiʻi couple among quarantined on cruise ship after passengers fall ill with coronavirus
Bill banning moonlighting mayors advances
Bill raising Hawaiʻi’s legal tobacco age to 25 passes House committee
Lawmakers look to add dental coverage for Medicaid recipients
Half of Hawaiʻi Barely Gets By
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|Kauhale housing for homeless suffers setback
Lt. Gov. Josh Green’s dream of a statewide system of “kauhale” tiny homes to provide permanent housing for Hawaiʻi’s homeless suffered a setback Tuesday when two House committees voted to study the concept rather than move out a bill that would have provided $20 million for a one-year pilot program. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Honolulu group sends thousands of masks, protective clothing to China