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New voting changes require Democrats to register with the party to vote
As the race for the Democratic nomination heats up, ballots are already being mailed out- the first year Hawaiʻi is moving from a caucus to a primary, which also means some confusion. Interim Democratic primary Chair Kate Stanley says there are only 65,000 registered Democrats on the books, much lower than the 276,000 who voted blue in 2018. KITV4.
Preperations take place as uncertainty over impacts of the coronavirus remain
Hawaiʻi’s legislative leaders said Friday that they were preparing for the possibility that financial losses tied to the global coronavirus outbreak could dramatically impact the state’s budget. Hawaii News Now.
Hawaiʻi businesses prepare for possible coronavirus outbreak. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Past training for outbreaks such as Ebola have hospitals equipped to deal with infectious diseases like the coronavirus. Civil Beat.
Mayor Kim issues emergency proclamation to prepare for coronavirus. Big Island Video News.
Fireworks at annual Honolulu Festival nixed amidst coronavirus concerns. Hawaii News Now.
What’s likely dead, what’s still alive as legislature reaches halfway mark. Civil Beat.
House passes more than 150 bills on third reading. Maui Now.
Proposal to create a new state agency to build and renovate public schools is moving forward with broad backing. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Changes to Senate Bill 3104, the housing omnibus bill, axed. Civil Beat.
Senate passes medical-aid-in-dying measure. Maui Now.
Bill proposes to exempt taro production from income tax. Civil Beat.
DLNR supervisor fined for using state equipment for private employers
A state watchdog agency has fined a Department of Land and Natural Resources supervisor $10,000 for violating the state ethics law. The Hawaii Ethics Commission said Patrick Chong Tim admitted to using state equipment and his position to benefit his private employers. Hawaii News Now.
New federal rules could hurt immigrants and state economy
A federal rule that puts new limits on immigrants considered likely to become overly dependent on government benefit programs could end up costing Hawaiʻi’s economy as much as $127 million, according to a recent analysis. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Hawaiʻi added nearly 2,500 solar jobs in 2019, ranked 10th in growth, report says
Hawaiʻi was on a list of “Top 10” states with solar jobs growth in 2019, according to the latest report released by The Solar Foundation, a national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
HAWAII BUSINESS 20 for the Next 20: Dana Takushi,
Bank of Hawaii
“Dana is one of the first people that I’ve decided to pluck from her current assignment and put into some pretty tough, difficult environments,” says Peter Ho, president and CEO of Bank of Hawaii. “And she’s always really stepped up and met those challenges head on and been quite successful”… read more.
Colleen Hanabusa officially joins Honolulu mayor’s race
Citing her long government experience, former U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa on Saturday formally announced her candidacy for Honolulu mayor. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.Hawaii News Now.
Honolulu prepares guidelines to register as B&B homes
The city Planning and Permitting Department is drafting rules to allow for the fall registration of new bed-and-breakfast homes, defined as rentals of less than 30 days where an owner or operator is present during the stay. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Native bat could crinkle Kahuku wind farm project plans
The Hawaiʻi Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge against the habitat conservation plan for the Na Pua Makani wind project. KHON2.
Officials and lawmakers grapple with Oʻahu’s eroding coastal highway
Emergency repairs are becoming increasingly necessary as climate change-driven sea level rise and erosion plague the 10-mile shoreline from Hauʻula to Kaʻaʻawa and undermine a highway that is now precariously close to the ocean’s edge. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Waikīkī public parking lot sits empty due to discreet signage
Waikīkī is notorious for its lack of parking, especially inexpensive parking — yet a city lot with 50 stalls in the heart of the tourist district is sitting empty. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
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