Hawaii lawmakers debate bills ahead of crossover

Published On: Mar 04 2014 02:44:30 PM HST
HONOLULU -

Hawaii lawmakers are busy debating bills as a major legislative deadline approaches.

Tuesday is the last chance for the House and Senate to introduce changes to any bills.  Both houses must pass most bills by the end of Thursday to send them to the other chamber.

The floor sessions began Tuesday morning with a thick agenda.  The House is scheduled to take up nearly 200 bills, while the Senate is scheduled to consider more than 300.

Some of the measures the Senate will take up are joint majority package bills prioritized by Democrats.  The House already passed its versions of measures to address invasive species, aging and climate change preparation.

The House floor session could last about 13 hours.

The bills cover a wide spectrum of issues.

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