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.


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.


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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