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Hawaii lawmakers take on health exchange, housing, beaches

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By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii lawmakers plan to tackle the state's troubled health exchange, public housing issues and a slew of resolutions this week.

Most of the action will be in committee rooms as lawmakers take up bills passed by the other chamber.

One bill seeks to help the Hawaii Health Connector maintain its operations by allowing the organization to issue $28 million in bonds backed by the state. The Senate-backed proposal is now in the House.

Another proposal asks the Hawaii Public Housing Authority to work with the University of Hawaii to come up with a plan for equal distribution of affordable housing on Oahu.

Lawmakers also want to slow down the disappearance of Hawaii's beaches, and they've come up with a plan to use tax revenues to restore the shores.

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