Senate committee OKs statewide preschool, gun control, salary oversight

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The Senate Committee on Ways and Means has voted to approve the governor's proposal for a statewide preschool program.

The committee also approved Wednesday measures to reform state charter schools, expand tax credits for the film industry and increase legislative oversight of University of Hawaii officials' salaries.

The committee voted to require background checks on people who register firearms purchased in other states.

The committee is also planning to decide Wednesday on proposals to decrease renewable energy tax credits and increase the minimum wage.

Although the Legislature has been on recess for the past five business days, committees have continued to hear and vote on bills. All proposals that originated in the Senate need to be approved and sent to the House by next week Thursday.

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