HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers are moving forward with a bill to let voters decide whether to amend the Hawaii constitution to allow the state to fund early childhood education.
A conference committee made up of Senate and House negotiators voted unanimously Thursday to approve the bill. Friday is the deadline for Gov. Neil Abercrombie to receive the final wording of proposals for constitutional amendments.
Sen. Jill Tokuda, chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Education, said that Senate lawmakers had decided to adopt the House version of the bill, which included a non-discrimination clause.
The bill now goes to the House and Senate floors.
Lawmakers are still deciding what to do with the other two bills that round out Abercrombie's plan, one creating a school readiness program and another establishing preschool in 2015.