State lawmakers pass dozens of bills as session winds down

New loan program to encourage green energy passes; session ends Thursday

Published  11:32 AM HST May 01, 2013
Capitol w/ flag
HONOLULU -

The Hawaii Legislature has passed dozens of bills, including a new loan program to encourage green energy and stricter rules for gun ownership.
    
Lawmakers spent a full day Tuesday voting on most of the remaining bills this session. The last day of the legislative session is on Thursday.
    
The Legislature passed a $23.8 billion budget that provides millions for capital improvement projects and the state's unfunded liabilities.
    
Both chambers approved the governor's initiative to provide loans to help low income people afford solar panels and other green energy equipment.
    
Lawmakers also passed a bill requiring background checks for people who bring guns from out of state.
    
The Legislature also approved a new school readiness program and a pilot project for developing school lands to raise money for school infrastructure repairs.

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