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Little-known bills: Pests, toilets and election reforms

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By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The Hawaii Legislature has wrapped up its work for 2015, and much attention was given to medical marijuana dispensaries and rail tax extensions. But there were hundreds of bills that were heard in committees that didn't get a spotlight.

One bill tackling election reforms states that the chief elections officer is an at-will employee who must undergo a performance evaluation two months after an election.

Another bill sets aside money to hire someone to help eradicate the coffee berry borer. The University of Hawaii calls that beetle the most economically destructive coffee pest worldwide.

Finally, the Legislature passed a bill that would help those that need a bathroom in a remote location. It authorizes counties to approve composting toilets which use a natural process to treat waste.

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