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First Crossover

The Senate passed 318 bills on March 7, 2017. Previously, the Senate approved another 66, meaning 384 measures crossed over to the House for further deliberation. A similar, albeit smaller, number of bills crossed the other way. Two of the most prominent Senate bills in the news were the Rail Tax and the Death with Dignity Bill. All Senators voted Yes on SB1183 SD2, which does not extend the rail surcharge end date, but will provide approximately $300 million to the rail budget by ending the 10 percent surcharge. Each year, the state takes about $30 million of the rail tax for its own purposes. I voted for this bill because it is unfair for the state to skim Oahu taxpayer money for state

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