Disaster aid measure passes Senate panel

Hawaii County’s $155 million disaster funding request is not dead yet.

At least not in the state Senate.

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The Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs passed on Tuesday the aid request for lower Puna as submitted.

That follows four House committees last week pulling a companion bill and instead passing a measure providing $60 million to help the area recover from last year’s Kilauea eruption.

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A separate bill to provide $50 million in aid also passed a Senate committee last week.

Both Senate bills will be sent to the Ways and Means Committee for consideration.

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