Lawmakers advanced a bill Tuesday that would make the state pay the Office of Hawaiian Affairs millions of dollars more for ceded lands.  

A number of facilities sit on those lands which stretch over about a million acres across the state, everything along Honolulu Harbor to the University of Hawaii campuses.
According to state law, OHA should receive 20 percent of income derived from those agencies.

OHA already receives $15.6 million in revenue on those lands. Recent findings show state agencies on them are misreporting income.

"It's pretty clear that times have changed. The state land that's generating revenue that supposed to be going into these funds is obviously generating more revenue than was initially conceived," said Senator Jarrett Keohokalole, (D) Kane'ohe-Kailua.

The bill proposes the state pay $20 million more a year.

The money OHA takes in each year goes toward a number of programs benefiting Native Hawaiians from helping put Hawaiians in housing to funding higher education.

"We're not talking about what is not ours as Native Hawaiians. This is our land. This is our resources. And this is what we deserve...and we need it now because we can't even help our own community make Hawai'i better if we cannot use the resources that is rightfully ours," said Prince Kuhio Hawaiian Civic Club President Makana Paris.

The issues fueled heated debate between Hawaiians and the state for decades.  

But not all state agencies are on board with forking over 20 percent. The UH disagrees because it says it already provides $7 million in tuition waivers for Hawaiian students.  

The bill passed joint Senate committees Tuesday afternoon which is the farthest a bill concerning ceded lands has survived in the state legislature. Its yet to be considered by the committee on Ways and Means.