House, Senate adjourn 2016 legislative session

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The House of Representatives and the Senate adjourned the 2016 legislative session Thursday, with the passage of several remaining bills.

On the House side, those bills include one that provides $37 million into the State Highway Fund as a subsidy.

The house passed a bill allocating $12 million for tackling our homeless situation, as well as a bill that would release petty misdemeanor inmates to ease overcrowding at our prisons.

“I think the trend nationally now is we should look at other ways to handle them than to be in prison,” said House speaker Joe Souki.

Over in the Senate, a main focus was affordable housing.

“If we don’t get inventory, even an older unit gets very expensive, because there’s just no units available,” said Senate president Ron Kouchi. “Having units available is the key to bringing affordability.”

The remaining bills that were passed Thursday still need the Governor Ige’s signature.

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