Hawaii House Speaker: Lift county cap on hotel tax

Published On: Jan 15 2014 11:48:12 AM HST
Updated On: Jan 15 2014 08:04:44 PM HST

The 28th session of the State Legislature opens with several proposals that may impact your pocket book. KITV4's Andrew Pereira has more on what topics made the most impact on the House's first day.


Hawaii House Speaker Joseph Souki started the 2014 legislative session Wednesday by calling for lawmakers to remove a cap on how much counties can share in the state's hotel room taxes.

Click here to see Andrew Pereira's story.

Souki said the state should think about building a greater partnership with the local governments that give services that help tourists.

Mayors have long called for the cap to be removed so the counties can pay for services used by tourists while they're on the islands.

On marijuana, Souki said the state should establish dispensaries where patients can buy legal medicinal marijuana with a prescription.

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He also called for decreasing personal income taxes by allowing an increase implemented during a severe budget crisis to sunset as scheduled in 2015.

We'll have more on the opening day of the Legislature tonight on KITV4 News at 5, 6 and 10.


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