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Posted: Monday, March 24th, 2014 11:55 AM HST

5 things ahead this week in the Hawaii Legislature

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) Hawaii lawmakers will be tackling everything from prostitution to school lunches this week in hearings on bills and resolutions. They are up against a Tuesday deadline to make decisions on concurrent resolutions, which are used to send official state messages that reflect what's on the hearts and minds of lawmakers. As a result, there will be a flurry of hearings on everything from honoring veterans to tackling the issue of fetal alcohol syndrome.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to remove the legal protection that allows undercover police officers to have sex with prostitutes during investigations in the version of House Bill 1926 it's taking up Friday.

Lawmakers will hear about the health effects of marijuana at a hearing Tuesday. They will hear an update on how Colorado and Washington have implemented the legalization of recreational marijuana.

When sea walls are built to protect waterfront homes, the nearby beaches may disappear. That dynamic will be explored in a Senate hearing on a resolution Monday when lawmakers will consider creating a multi-island task force to investigate and recommend solutions.

The Senate Agriculture and Education committees will debate a resolution Monday urging agencies to develop a farm-to-school program to get healthier lunches into public schools.

Four nominees for the University of Hawaii board of regents will be up for consideration and confirmation with the Senate Higher Education Committee on Tuesday.



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