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HILO — Hawaii County Council members have accused the county's administrators of a slow response in enacting programs to assist the public's recovery from the Kilauea volcanic eruption two years ago.

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HILO — The Hawaii County Council has accepted a $5.3 million agreement with the state for reimbursement of law enforcement overtime costs during demonstrations against the Big Island giant telescope project.

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HILO — The Hawaii County Council plans to discuss a new potential agreement with the state about reimbursement for law enforcement costs during demonstrations against the Big Island giant telescope project.

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HILO — The Hawaii County Council fell one vote short of overriding a mayoral veto of a bill to ban the use of herbicides on county property.

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A Hawaii County Council committee approved a measure Tuesday that would ban the county from using toxic herbicides in an effort to reduce public and workers' exposure to potentially harmful chemicals.

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As Hawaiʻi’s state legislature prepares to open its session next week, counties are weighing in with some of their priorities.

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It's now been more than a month since the most recent intense volcanic activity started on Hawaiʻi Island. The strain is showing up on many fronts: from emotional distress to trouble for local businesses. Hawaiʻi County is collecting data on the financial strain — but with a very tight deadline. 

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The lava eruption in the Leilani Estates area of the Big Island’s Puna District is affecting the lives of many.  But the financial impact of this event will also affect County finances and all who pay county taxes. HPR Contributing Reporter Sherry Bracken has more on the story.

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Hawaiʻi County is the only county in the state without some form of restriction on temporary vacation rentals. Last week, County Councilmembers introduced Bill 108 – a measure that would regulate how and where properties can be rented short term.

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The Hawaiʻi County Council is considering a ballot initiative to make government salary adjustments more transparent.

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The Hawaii County Council is considering two bills that would ban genetically modified organisms from being grown on the island. HPR's Sherry Bracken was at Thursday's meeting where the bills came up for testimony and has a report.