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Hemp, tuition, food on agenda for lawmakers

February 4, 2013
By ANITA HOFSCHNEIDER , The Associated Press

HONOLULU - Hawaii lawmakers have begun debate on a seemingly endless number of bills and the legislative session is just getting started. This week, hemp, college tuition and genetically modified food are on the agenda.

The House Committee on the Judiciary plans to announce its decision Thursday on whether to move forward with a proposal to legalize marijuana.

The Senate public safety committee will announce the same day whether to push forward a gun buyback program.

Lawmakers will also consider a number of proposals related to the budget, university tuition and local farms.

Here's what's scheduled:

* State representatives will consider this morning whether to require labeling for genetically engineered food. They will also discuss initiatives related to taro and local farms. State senators plan to consider agriculture-related bills Wednesday.

* The Senate will hold a briefing Tuesday morning to investigate why University of Hawaii tuition has been increasing and where the money goes.

* The House Committee on Ways and Means today will discuss funding for the Legislature, the Office of the Public Auditor, the state ethics commission and related agencies.

* Senate committees will discuss today whether to allow industrial hemp research in Hawaii.

* The Senate Committee on Energy and the Environment plans to discuss solar tax credits on Tuesday afternoon along with other renewable energy-related issues.



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