What Bills Are Still Alive at the Halfway Point of Hawaii’s Legislature?

·By Chad Blair and Anita Hofschneider

The Hawaii State Capitol.

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UPDATED Laws on renewable energy, schools, the elderly, invasive species, the environment and others are set to pass.

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  1. An earlier version of this article said that, unlike regular public schools, charter school facilities don't receive funds for capital improvement projects. Rep. Roy Takumi, the House Education chairman, told Civil Beat that charter schools "are state-funded; after all, they are public schools." The current 2013 audit for charters, he said, showed that they received $980,025 for utilities and $8.1 million for maintenance and operation of facilities, including rent. Said Takumi, "It is true as of today, we don't have a stand-alone CIP [capitol improvement project] budget for startup charter school facilities but part of their operating budget does go to their facilities to pay for utilities, maintenance, rent, etc." An earlier version of this article incorrectly said that a Senate bill prohibiting the slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption died in the Senate, when it in fact passed.