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.
"There is a commitment to raise the minimum wage the hope is it doesn't get side-tracked again,” said Senate Ways and Means chairman David Ige.
Senator Clayton Hee's office still expects the bill to be decided in conference.
A controversial bill to allow the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to build residential units in Kakaako Makai is causing some friction internally.
"One of the questions is whether this legislation should apply to a single landowner or if you could just single out one landowner," said Majority Leader Scott Saiki, who is also the representative of the area.
Kamehameha Schools is one owner -- Howard Hughes Corporation is another.
Opponents says while the bill passed an overwhelming house vote this week, they were told by Senator Scott Saiki that the bill wouldn't survive conference,"
"We don’t appreciate that kind of statement because we go into conference with eyes open. That’s how we do things and we don’t want the public to be thinking it’s a planned deal," said Sen. Brickwood Galuteria.
In these waning days of the session decisions about what bills live and die are decided without public input.
Lawmakers will also be focusing in on a spending plan it can afford given that revenue projections are down.
“We had proposed cuts of more than a hundred million more than the House. We passed the budget early so we would have more time to work through the budget," said Sen. Ige.
The Ways and Means chairman said there are a lot of asks that just won’t get funded.
"We will working over the weekend to name the conferees and will have conferences starting early next week," said House Speaker Joe Souki.
With three weeks remaining, Souki is confident the session will end on time come May 1.