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Fund helps crash victims’ families

WAILUKU, Maui (AP) — Billionaire technology entrepreneur Larry Ellison’s management company for Lanai established a fund to provide financial assistance to the families of those killed or injured when a small plane crashed on the island in February.

Contents of bills gutted, replaced

HONOLULU — A series of bills lawmakers passed in the Hawaii Senate were drafted without giving the public the proper chance to weigh in, following a “gut-and-replace” maneuver scorned by government watchdog groups.

A look ahead in state politics

HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers are preparing for an onslaught of bills to move through their chambers this week, in advance of a legislative deadline to pass bills out of the second chamber.

Hawaii lawmakers shovel resolutions at deadline

HONOLULU — The deadline for concurrent resolutions to cross over from the House to the Senate, or vice-versa, came and went. That meant a flurry of hearings on concurrent resolutions — those requiring passage by both legislative chambers — during the week.

Minimum wage hike advances

HONOLULU — A key committee in the Hawaii House of Representatives advanced a bill that would increase the minimum wage to about $10 an hour, lower than the $10.10 that was previously called for in the proposal.