Hawaii to decide on funding for final bills

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Associated Press

Posted on April 27, 2013 at 9:04 AM

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers are deciding how much to spend, if anything, on the remaining proposals in the Legislature, including Gov. Neil Abercrombie's initiative for early childhood education.

Abercrombie made a new preschool program the centerpiece of his legislative agenda but lawmakers have been reluctant to fund it, waiting until the last possible day to decide on final figures.

A committee of negotiators met Friday morning to discuss the proposal but put off voting until the afternoon. Friday is the deadline for approving final versions of all remaining bills before sending them to the House and Senate for final votes.

Legislators are also voting on bills related to tax credits, unfunded liabilities, energy, health care and land development.

The Hawaii legislative session is scheduled to end on Thursday next week.

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