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State lawmakers leave bills in the dust

Published On: Apr 29 2013 02:13:06 PM HST
Updated On: Apr 29 2013 02:25:20 PM HST
Capitol w/ flag

HONOLULU -

After a heated week of negotiations, Hawaii legislators are preparing to vote on the final bills this session.

But some advocates are disappointed several initiatives failed in the final hours of debate on Friday despite gaining momentum throughout the session.
    
Lawmakers killed bills to raise the minimum wage, decrease solar tax credits and create a state-funded preschool program in 2015.
    
Lawmakers also discarded highly criticized proposals to expand geothermal energy development and create a new state agency called the Public-Private Partnership Authority.
    
A proposal to create a task force to study the potential impact of privatizing state hospitals also didn't make it.  Neither did bills to allow public funding of elections or same-day voter registration.

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