Conference committee period kills Hawaii bills

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A state bill that would have set the stage for more high-rises in Honolulu's Kakaako neighborhood is one of several measures to die in conference committee.

Like other bills, it came close to the end of the legislative session but not close enough to reach Gov. Neil Abercrombie. The session ends Thursday.

When both chambers pass a bill, House and Senate lawmakers meet to resolve any differences in their respective versions. Sometimes, they don't agree or don't meet, leaving bills to languish.

A bill that would have outlawed eating cats and dogs in Hawaii didn't get scheduled for a hearing.

Likewise, bills that would have restricted the use of electronic cigarettes and would have protected the state from lawsuits on undeveloped land didn't get heard, despite initial versions passing.

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