Legislative crossover day in the home stretchUPDATED 8:41 PM HST Apr 10, 2014Video Transcript
Another deadline day is wrapping up as Hawaii's legislative session enters the home stretch... Some big bills are still in play... KITV's Catherine Cruz takes us to the second crossover day. Not every bill that passed from one house to the next will get to conference. A plan to raise the minimum wage is a legislative priority. The senate version of a bill calls for getting to 10 dollars and ten cents in three years. The house version calls for ten dollars in four years--and with a seven dollar trigger for a tip credit. There's talk of a possible agreement that would keep the bill from dying in conference, like it did last year. IGE 21:05-21: 13 - "There is a commitment to raise the minimun wage the hope is it doesn't get sidetracked again"Senator Clayton Hee's office still expects the bill to wind up in conference. The question of whether to allow the Office of Hawaiian affairs to build residential units in Kakaako Makai is causing some friction internally - Scott Saiki 17:04 - 17:312 - "One of the questions is whether this legislation should apply to a single landowner or if you could just single out one landowner," Kamehameha schools is one owner-- Howard Hughes in another. Opponents says while the bill passed an overwhelming house vote yesterday they were told by Senator Scott Saiki that he beleived the bill wouldnt survive conference - Brickwood 26 14 :26: 26 -" We dont apprecite that kind of statement because we go into conference with eyes open thats how we do things and we dont want the public to be thinking its a planned deal," In these waning days of the session decisions about what bills live and die are decided without public input Lawmakers willalso be focusing in on a spending plan it can afford given that revenue projections are down. - IGE 24:43- 24:59 -We had proposed cuts of more than a hudrned million we passed the budget early so we would have more time to work through the budget." Ige said there are alot of asks that just wont get funded. -- Souki 14:05- 14:12 - " We will working over the weekend to name the conferees and will have conferences early next week." With three weeks left to go..House Speaker Joe Souki is pretty confident that session will adjoun on time come May first.