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Hawaii plans to take up police reform, health care in 2017

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By MARINA STARLEAF RIKER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - As the 2016 legislative session is coming to a close, Hawaii lawmakers have passed dozens of bills including those to ban sex trafficking and combat homelessness.

But hundreds of other bills may not survive, including one to regulate fantasy sports and another to allow patients to try experimental drugs. A bill to allow women to get contraceptives from pharmacists also failed in committee.

After police reform measures including those to require body cameras and establish a training standards board failed in committee, lawmakers say they plan to consider the bills again next year.

Meanwhile, a bill to allow psychologists to prescribe medication passed the Senate but hit trouble in the House. Sen. Rosalyn Baker says she plans to address a lack of mental health services in the islands next year.

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