HONOLULU (AP) — The 2013 Hawaii legislative session is in full swing with nearly 2,900 bills filed.
Now, committees in the House and Senate are starting to consider the pros and cons of each initiative.
Here's a look at some of the hearings and briefings set for this week:
— PUBLIC SCHOOL LANDS: The Senate Committee on Education will consider a bill Monday that allows the state to lease public school land to increase revenue.
— AGRICULTURE: The Senate's agriculture committee will hear testimony Tuesday on a program to help Hawaii rely less on imported food.
— UTILITIES: The Senate is holding a briefing Tuesday morning to learn what causes Hawaii's high utility rates and solicit solutions.
— PUBLIC HOUSING: The House Committee on Housing will meet Monday and entertain a bill to ban smoking in public housing projects.
— HOMELESSNESS: The Senate Committee on Human Services will hear a proposal to have the state help pay for homeless people to voluntarily return to their home state.