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Deadline seals fate for state measures

April 12, 2014
By CATHY BUSSEWITZ , The Associated Press

HONOLULU - Hawaii lawmakers are heading into the final stretch of their legislative session, and the fates of many bills have been decided thanks to the passing of a major deadline.

The bills that generated the most heated discussion are headed to conference committees, which start next week.

Proposals on raising the minimum wage, putting air conditioners in public schools and making kindergarten mandatory all survived.

But attempts to require testing to limit the spread of invasive species and require labeling on genetically modified foods failed.

Both chambers also approved bills that saw little opposition and sent those to the governor. Among those was a bill to increase fines on unlicensed contractors who take advantage of elderly people.

Lawmakers in both chambers had to vote to send bills back to the house of origin.

"Everybody's getting ready for conference, so the real stuff is going to be happening next week," said Carolyn Tanaka, spokeswoman for the House of Representatives.



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