HONOLULU (AP) - The Hawaii Legislature has approved
a $12.1 billion state budget and is wrapping up work on hundreds of
bills as the session draws near its close.
On Tuesday, lawmakers approved final spending on
programs and construction projects for 2015 after a debate ranging from
space exploration to foster children. They sent the budget to Gov. Neil
House members passed the budget unanimously after
complaining about the high cost of tuition at the University of Hawaii.
They had raised doubts about increases to the university budget.
Big decisions ahead in bills included whether to
allow same-day voter registration in elections and whether to make
kindergarten mandatory statewide. A historic land deal to preserve 660
acres on Oahu's North Shore and funding to sustain Hawaii's troubled
health exchange also hang in the balance.
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