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Hawaii lawmakers push hundreds of bills for major deadline

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By MARINA STARLEAF RIKER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - It's a busy day for Hawaii lawmakers who are considering most of the bills that have a chance at becoming law this year.

Lawmakers are working to pass hundreds of bills Tuesday to send from the House and Senate to the other chamber. All bills must be sent to the other chamber by Thursday to stay alive, which is almost the halfway point of the 2016 legislative session.

Proposals to ban conversion therapy for gay teens and strengthen equal pay laws are among the bills lawmakers are pushing. Several bills to increase gun restrictions like one to ban stalkers from buying firearms are also on the table.

Hawaii lawmakers are trying to pass other bills to fund air-conditioning in public schools, build affordable housing and restore Waikiki Beach.

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