Hemp, tuition and food on lawmakers' agenda

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HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers have already begun debating a seemingly endless number of bills, and the legislative session is just getting started.

Lawmakers will consider a number of proposals this week related to the budget, university tuition and local farms.

State representatives plan to debate Monday morning whether to require labeling for genetically modified food along with other food-related bills.

On Tuesday, the Senate is holding a briefing to investigate why University of Hawaii tuition has been increasing and where the money goes.

The House Committee on Ways and Means will hear public testimony Monday about the budget for the Legislature, the public auditor, the state ethics commission and related agencies.

Also Monday, two Senate committees will discuss whether to allow industrial hemp research in Hawaii.

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