Tobacco tax increase, red light camera bills moving

  • A bill that would increase the tax on cigarettes and little cigars continues to roll. Senate Bill 887 would raise the tax on cigarettes and little cigars from 16 cents per unit to 21 cents per unit, an increase of $1 in price per pack of 20 cigarettes. It would bump the total tax on a standard pack of cigarettes to $4.20. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
  • A bill in the state Legislature would fund red light cameras. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Passengers arrive at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole. State House reps are set to take up a bill that would authorize the state to issue up to $50 million in special purpose revenue bonds to assist in developing the Kona Jet Center at the North Kona airport. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — West Hawaii Today’s following a lot of bills in the state House of Representatives and Senate this legislative session, from funding to widen Kuakini Highway and acquire ambulance for Makalei to protecting sharks and rays and prohibiting commercial aquarium fishing.