Hawaii Senate votes on dozens of bills

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii senators have voted to move forward a slew of bills including budgets for the judiciary and Office of Hawaiian Affairs, election reforms and a more restricted shield law regarding journalists.

The Senate version of the judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs budgets is more generous than the House proposal. Lawmakers plan to work out the details in conference committees, when lawmakers from both chambers meet to compromise on bills.

The Senate also moved forward a proposal to require hospitals to provide emergency contraception to sexual assault victims.

Tuesday's marathon of votes comes just two days before a major deadline in the legislative process. By Thursday, both chambers have to vote on bills and decide whether they should be discussed further in conference committees or move forward without more debate.

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