A flurry of final votes happened on Tuesday as Hawaii lawmakers sign off on new bills and weighed in on an important political nomination.
During the morning, money matters sparked the most discussion at the state Capitol. Senators gave their two cents over the nearly $24 billion budget for the next two fiscal years.
"We face much difficulty in the future and chose not to compound this by the actions today. We have continued our commitment to fiscal responsibility," said Sen. David Ige.
"This budget is based on the fact that three years from now we're cash broke. This is based on hope not prudence or austerity," said Sen. Sam Slom.
Billions of dollars were not the only amounts debated, so were $10 -- where Hawaii's minimum wage is headed.
"The last speaker suggested that raising the minimum wage would raise the cost of everything, so then lowering the minimum wage would lower the cost of everything. The costs will go up regardless," stated Sen. Clayton Hee.
The money measure passed its final reading along with 150 other bills, including adjusting the transient accommodations tax and giving more funds to the Hawaii Health Connector. Stepped-up measures for crime prevention were approved, including making revenge porn illegal.
Students from Aliiolani Elementary were there for a first-hand lesson in how bills become law.
"Lawmakers pass laws by talking about it," said fourth-grade grader Sydney Bump.
In the afternoon, the talk turned into heated confrontations over conservation land and Hawaii's hospitals.
The day ended with the most divisive issue -- the governor's nomination of Rep. Jessica Wooley to director of the Environment of Quality Control.
"The testimony we received on her nomination is unanimous in support. I have been truly impressed with her enthusiasm and vision," said Sen. Mike Gabbard.
"There were comments from people who felt there was not going to be a fair balance from this nominee, by the farming and agriculture community," said Slom.
According to Senate sources, Wooley lacked enough votes on Monday but in the end the Senate decided in her favor by a vote of 17-8.
"We will be watching closely and hope she proves us wrong, those of us who voted against the nomination. We hope that she will be unbiased and fair," said Sen. Clarence Nishihara.
The Senate also voted 20-5 to confirm Brian Tamamoto for a one-year term as the governor's nomination to the Hawaii Community Development Authority.
Lawmakers will be off Wednesday then head back to work Thursday.