State lawmakers leave bills in the dust

Bills killed: minimum wage hike, decrease of solar tax credits, state-funded preschool

 UPDATED 2:25 PM HST Apr 29, 2013
Capitol w/ flag

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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