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The Hawaii State Senate voted to pass 197 measures, ahead of Thursday's Second Crossover deadline. April 10, 2012: A Day In Review, photo courtesy Senate Commjunications.
Senate Budget Includes Kihei High School and CIP Package
April 11th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Featured, Maui News

The Hawai’i Senate passed 197 measures on Tuesday, ahead of tomorrow’s Second Crossover deadline. A key measure that gained passage was House Bill 2145, which includes the Senate’s flagship initiative, known as “The Invest in Hawaii Act of 2012.”

State Capitol building, file photo by Wendy Osher.
Gaming Council, Checkout Bag Fees: 372 Senate Bills Advance
March 7th, 2012 · Comments Off · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Maui News

One bill seeks to repeal junior kindergarten programs; another proposes a fee collection for single-use checkout bags; and a separate measure proposes the establishment of a nine-member gambling commission to analyze of the social and economic costs and benefits of different forms of gambling in Hawaii.

Maui Senators J. Kalani English, Roz Baker and Senate President Shan Tsutsui photographed on the final day of the  2011 Legislature. File Courtesy, Senate Communications.
Maui Delegation Lauds Senate Passage of Invest in Hawaii Act
February 22nd, 2012 · Comments Off · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Featured, Maui News

Maui Senators say the bill will stimulate the economy and enable the state to generate or sustain more than 5,000 jobs. Here on Maui more than 50% of unionized carpenters are on the bench.

Hawaii State Senators mark the opening day for the 2012 Legislative Session.  Photo Courtesy:  Senate Communications.
Opening Day Statements Include Plans for Job Creation
January 18th, 2012 · Comments Off · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Featured, Maui News

Tsutsui said he expects that by the end of next week, the Senate will roll out a bipartisan initiative entitled “The Invest in Hawaii Act of 2012.” The bill is aimed at cutting into the state’s maintenance backlog, and immediately create jobs for local residents.