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Tuesday, February 3, 2009
February 3, 2009
By Andrew Walden @ 9:04 PM :: 4030 Views

Kill the trees!  Hawaii considers plastic shopping bag ban

Senate Bill 584 will be heard at the state Capitol Thursday afternoon. “Plastic shopping bags require fossil fuel to manufacture, contribute to litter, crowd landfills with nonbiodegradable waste, and are dangerous to wildlife,” the measure reads.

Local retailers have opposed the bans, arguing that they are costly to business. If passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Linda Lingle, the prohibition on plastic shopping bags would begin Jan. 1, 2011.

RELATED: Six Million Paper Bags (Aug, 2008)

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Karen's Law Passes Out of House Human Services Committee

Karen's Law was introduced last year by Rep. Kymberly Pine, per request from the family of Karen Ertell, who was allegedly raped and murdered by her juvenile neighbor but failed to get a hearing by the Chair of Judiciary in 2008.

Karen's Law has been re-introduced by Rep. Kymberly Pine and Rep. John Mizuno and institutes that juveniles 15-17 years of age be tried as adults when charged with 1st or 2nd degree murder. A hearing date for the Judiciary Committee is pending.

(A 30% vote of the House is sufficient to pull any bill out of committee and to the floor for a vote.  Will Hawaii Legislators again hide behind the Judiciary Ctte. or will they demand the opportunity to vote on this bill?)

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Bills could raise school meals' prices

(Here's the latest proposal to save all those DoE bureaucrats' jobs....)

The $1.25 school lunch, which rose by 25 cents in July 2007, could increase to about $2, while the price of breakfast could jump to about 70 cents from 35 cents, Assistant Superintendent Randy Moore estimated yesterday....The annual bus fare could go up to about $500 from the current $120 through a separate rule change approved last year by the school board.

SB160: www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2009/bills/SB160_.htm

HB173: www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2009/bills/HB173_.htm

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Record UH enrollment in bad economy

50,952 are now paying for leftist indoctrination at UH campuses statewide.  That is about 4% of the state's population.

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