Hawaii lawmakers to debate innovation, school land

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The Hawaii Senate Ways and Means Committee plans to hear a slew of proposals this week, including a much-debated one to raise state revenue by developing school lands.

The committee also plans to discuss increasing film industry tax credits and Gov. Neil Abercrombie's proposed innovation initiative.

Several committees this week will be occupied with dozens of resolutions on issues ranging from land to education to health care.

One resolution suggests creating a task force to study the potential economic and social effects if same-sex marriage were legalized in Hawaii.

Hawaii allows civil unions but attempts to legalize same-sex marriage failed in the state Legislature earlier this session.

Another proposal requests a task force to investigate a feral cat infestation at the University of Hawaii.

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