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Puna Access Road Bill


A bill that would require surveys to study a new Puna Makai Access Road passes the state House Transportation Committee.

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HPD seeks $2M for animal control

The Hawaii Police Department has requested $2 million from the county to purchase a new animal shelter in Puna in order to improve its animal control capabilities.

Hawaii House speaker favors tough penalties to deter bribery

HONOLULU — The speaker of the state House of Representatives said Wednesday he supports stronger ethics laws and penalties to prevent bribery at the Legislature after federal prosecutors this week alleged two former lawmakers took bribes in exchange for shaping legislation while in office.

Homeless earmark bill advances

Most of an extra tax property owners already pay on their multimillion-dollar residential homes would be earmarked for homeless projects, under a bill advanced Wednesday by the County Council Finance Committee.

Prosecutors: 2 Hawaii lawmakers took bribes to steer bills

HONOLULU — A Hawaii state senator and a state representative took bribes including envelopes of cash, Las Vegas hotel rooms and New Orleans casino chips in exchange for shaping cesspool legislation, according to federal allegations filed in court Tuesday.

Coalition formed to sue over legislative maps

A coalition of Oahu and Big Island residents has formed a nonprofit corporation and hired an attorney to challenge the new legislative district maps created by the state Reapportionment Commission.


Public input sought on recovery plan for HVNP

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the U.S. Geological Survey are seeking community input about a proposed plan to move the Disaster Recovery Project forward following the 2018 volcanic eruption and summit collapse on Kilauea volcano.

Hilo doctor files suit against HMSA

A Hilo obstetrician-gynecologist is suing the state’s largest medical insurance provider, accusing it of intentionally failing to cover certain medications and procedures he considered necessary for his patients.

AARP eyes retirement measures

The state of Hawaii could help more than 200,000 residents begin planning for their retirements under a proposed program in the state Legislature.

Spending bill has $403M for leaky Oahu fuel tank facility

HONOLULU — Hawaii members of Congress said Monday a spending bill that must pass to avoid a government shutdown includes $403 million to address the crisis caused by the leaking of petroleum from a Navy fuel storage tank facility into Pearl Harbor drinking water.

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