Hawaii House committee OKs environmental bills

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Members of the state House energy committee are moving forward several of Gov. Neil Abercrombie's environmental initiatives.

The committee on Tuesday approved a bill to provide low-cost loans to help people afford solar panels and other equipment the bill calls "green infrastructure." Abercrombie says this will help the state reach its clean energy goals.

The committee also approved Abercrombie's proposal to amend and expand the Electronic Waste and Television Recycling program.

Members passed the governor's bill to include certain dietary supplement drink bottles in the state's deposit beverage container program.

Not all of Abercrombie's bills were successful. The committee deferred a measure that would have increased the surcharge for solid waste management. The Senate passed the bill last week over opposition from Sen. Sam Slom and Sen. Laura Thielen.

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