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Thielen: Kentucky's Experience Will Aid Hawaii Hemp Research Thielen: Kentucky’s Experience Will Aid Hawaii Hemp Research May 22nd, 2014 · 3 Comments · East Hawaii News, Featured Articles, News, North Hawaii News, West Hawaii News

The Oahu legislator said Kentucky’s efforts, which included suing the Drug Enforcement Administration, provides a model for Hawaii to obtain its own hemp seed.

Louie: State Won't Defend Outdated Same-Sex Law Louie: State Won’t Defend Outdated Same-Sex Law May 5th, 2014 · 5 Comments · East Hawaii News, News, North Hawaii News, West Hawaii News

Hawaii’s attorney general says there’s no point in responding to an appeal of a state statute that’s been rejected by courts and overridden by a new law.

State Budget Includes Slight Increase in TAT for Counties State Budget Includes Slight Increase in TAT for Counties April 28th, 2014 · No Comments · East Hawaii News, Featured Articles, News, North Hawaii News, West Hawaii News

Various Big Island projects, including funds for a Puna regional library, are included in the budget that still needs a final vote and the governor’s signature.

Lawmakers Agree on Funding for Pharmacy School Building Lawmakers Agree on Funding for Pharmacy School Building April 25th, 2014 · 1 Comment · East Hawaii News, Featured Articles, News

House and Senate members of the budget conference committee have agreed to provide $33 million for a new facility at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

Legislature Approves Two-Year Study of Hemp Legislature Approves Two-Year Study of Hemp April 14th, 2014 · 3 Comments · East Hawaii News, Featured Articles, News, North Hawaii News, West Hawaii News

The bill authorizes the UH College of Agriculture and Human Resources to study hemp for use as a biofuel feedstock and to remove contaminants from soil.

college of pharmacy rendering Funding Moving Ahead for College of Pharmacy Building April 2nd, 2014 · No Comments · East Hawaii News, Featured Articles, News

Both the House and Senate versions of the state budget include about $32 million for the school, and the Senate has also boosted funding for a Kona courthouse.

House Budget Contains Funding for Pharmacy School Building House Budget Contains Funding for Pharmacy School Building March 6th, 2014 · No Comments · East Hawaii News, News, North Hawaii News, West Hawaii News

The proposed supplemental spending plan contains $33 million for a permanent home for the College of Pharmacy, which administrators say is crucial to its future.

Bill Authorizing Hemp Research Moves to House Bill Authorizing Hemp Research Moves to House March 4th, 2014 · 1 Comment · East Hawaii News, Featured Articles, News, North Hawaii News, West Hawaii News

The Senate has approved legislation allowing the University of Hawaii to do a two-year study of hemp, including its use as feedstock for biodiesel.

Alcohol Ban Proposed for Off-Duty Police Carrying Guns Alcohol Ban Proposed for Off-Duty Police Carrying Guns February 12th, 2014 · 1 Comment · East Hawaii News, Featured Articles, News, North Hawaii News, West Hawaii News

The Senate bill was prompted by the 2011 fatal shooting in a Waikiki McDonald’s by State Department special agent Christopher Deedy.

Lawmakers Looking at New Enforcement Tools for DLNR Lawmakers Looking at New Enforcement Tools for DLNR February 12th, 2014 · 2 Comments · East Hawaii News, Featured Articles, News, North Hawaii News, West Hawaii News

After an effort to change the forfeiture law failed last year, the Legislature is considering authorizing community service and denial of vehicle registrations.

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