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Airport authority, internet tax among bills killed by state lawmakers before deadline

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

State lawmakers had until 6 p.m. Friday to make final deals on bills before this legislative session comes to a close. And while there were compromises made, some major proposals were killed.

The plan to create an Airport Authority, a semi-independent agency that would've managed Hawaii's airports and handled all major contracting decisions, is dead.

The committee was waiting for comments from the Attorney General about the airport authority plan, but members say they never received them, so they chose to shelve the bill. 

The Senate Transportation Chair says she's disappointed and was hoping the committee would just push the bill through. 

"You can iron it out even as it moves to the Governor. And if the bill is totally flawed, then the Governor would veto it," said State Sen. Lorraine Inouye. 

Other measures that were killed include: 

  • SB704 - would have allowed internet travel companies, like Airbnb, to collect state taxes from rental operators. 
  • SB221 - would have authorized the use of cameras to catch drivers who run red lights. 
  • SB620 - would have required internet-based retailers to charge Hawaii customers a use tax.
  • HB4 - would have required certain employers to provide a minimum amount of paid sick leave to employees.

Both houses will vote on all of the approved measures next week. 

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