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Hawaii finance committees approve dozens of bills

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 22, 2013 at 6:19 pm •  Published: February 22, 2013

The committee also advanced a bill providing affordable loans for green energy infrastructure and a bill to decrease the liquor tax for local breweries.

Senators deferred several important measures until next week, including proposals to reform the University of Hawaii, a bill to lower renewable energy tax credits and the governor's proposal to create a statewide preschool program.

The committee's counterpart in the House has also been reviewing dozens of bills this week.

The House Committee on Finance is considering Friday proposals to add a fee to single-use checkout bags and require labeling on some genetically modified food.

The representatives also heard testimony Friday morning about a proposal to increase the minimum wage.

The Hawaii Chamber of Commerce opposes the move along with many members of the local business community, who are worried about its potential impact on their bottom line.