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Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Kim Out: Marijuana Last Straw as Senate Committee Chairs Overthrow President
By Andrew Walden @ 11:07 AM :: 10107 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, Politicians, Drugs

...The Senate says 'yes' to marijuana and 'no' to anti-GMO protesters....

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015
HB321: Gamesmanship and Shenanigans
By Selected News Articles @ 3:01 AM :: 5211 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Drugs

...legislative priorities are out-of-touch with reality....

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Slom: Hawaii Will Deplete Cash Reserves by 2021
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 4:22 AM :: 5037 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...once you tally up the separate appropriation bills the current spending plan is almost identical to the Governor's initial budget request....

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Sunday, May 3, 2015
Full List: $28M Grants in Aid Funded in State Budget
By News Release @ 3:57 AM :: 4149 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...$20 million in capital improvement projects (CIP) funding and $8 million in operating funds....

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Friday, May 1, 2015
Conference Committee
By Selected News Articles @ 6:25 PM :: 4120 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government
“Conference committee is where good bills go to die.”
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Powdered Alcohol Prohibition Wins in Hawaii Senate
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 11:05 PM :: 6499 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Law Enforcement, Small Business

"Whenever there is a new product, whether it be powdered alcohol or e-cigarettes, we want to jump on it, and ban it."

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Monday, April 27, 2015
Hawaii Open Budget: Online Conference Committee Tracking Tool
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 4:20 PM :: 3906 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...will be updated daily, shortly after decisions are made in the Conference Committee budget meetings....

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Saturday, April 25, 2015
7% Solution Makes Hawaii Pension Debt Seem Smaller
By Selected News Articles @ 3:11 PM :: 5386 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor
“The state increased the rate from 4 percent to 7 percent.”
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Friday, April 24, 2015
Auditor: No Special Fund Raids After AG Tightens Enforcement
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 1:28 PM :: 3320 Views :: Hawaii State Government

On February 27, 2013, the department conducted department-wide training for deputies whose clients administer non-general fund....

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Conference Committee Begins Negotiations on State Budget
By News Release @ 10:18 PM :: 3542 Views :: Hawaii State Government

House and Senate conferees met today to begin negotiations on a final version of HB500, the state budget bill....

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Thursday, April 16, 2015
Hawaii State Auditor Presents 2014 Annual Report
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 5:36 AM :: 2957 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...we had a busy 2014—releasing 18 audits, analyses, and studies on everything from alternate uses of recycled glass to the regulation of medical marijuana dispensaries....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Inspector General, Special Purpose Revenue Bonds, and Monolithic Monopoly: House Republicans Speak Out
By Video @ 1:49 PM :: 5367 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

House Republican floor speeches ....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Senate Passes Nearly 200 Measures on Crossover
By News Release @ 12:55 AM :: 3534 Views :: Hawaii State Government

A majority of the bills will go into conference committees where the House and Senate conferees will convene to settle differences....

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
House Passes Nearly 150 Senate Bills on Second Crossover
By News Release @ 10:33 PM :: 3320 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The state House of Representatives passed today nearly 150 Senate measures....

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Sunday, April 12, 2015
Alii Place: Where Will the $90M Come From?
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 4:49 AM :: 4547 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Senator Slom says, "We should have learned something from the Kamamalu Building."

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Friday, April 10, 2015
Senate Committee Amends, Approves Interisland Ferry Resolution
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:45 PM :: 4977 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Jones Act

Formerly, the resolution only considered the Washington State ferry as a model, but now it has been expanded to other possible jurisdictions as well....

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Thursday, April 9, 2015
Rep Luke Gives One Hour Notice for Hearing on Open Government Bill
By Selected News Articles @ 11:10 PM :: 4048 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

House Finance Chair Sylvia Luke provided only one hour notice for a 14-bill hearing she was holding this afternoon....

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Thursday, April 9, 2015
HB500: Hawaii Legislators Vote on Secret Budget
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 10:23 PM :: 4767 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

"It is another example of our state failing to be transparent."

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Thursday, April 9, 2015
DLNR Seeks Comment on 2015 Outdoor Recreation Plan
By News Release @ 10:21 AM :: 4889 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Tourism

...5-year strategic plan for outdoor recreation....

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Ige Names Appointees to Head DLIR, OIMT
By News Release @ 10:20 PM :: 3847 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Ige today announced his nominations to lead the Department of Land and Natural Resources and Labor and Industrial Relations and the Office of Information Management and Technology....

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Ige Nominates Suzanne Case to DLNR, Names Three to School Board
By News Release @ 5:58 PM :: 6083 Views :: Education K-12, Environment, Hawaii State Government

Suzanne Case is a 28-year veteran of The Nature Conservancy and has served as its executive director since 2001....

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Monday, April 6, 2015
Senate Minority Alternative Budget cuts spending, caps collective bargaining
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 5:13 PM :: 6673 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Republican Party, Taxes

"It brings relief to our beleaguered taxpayers and small businesses, and balances our state finances in the long term."

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Sunday, April 5, 2015
The Turtle Bay Bill, Part 2
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 7460 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

...They were under the impression that the bond sale process needed to begin by June 30 of this year. “No,” said the Department of Attorney General, “the law says that the bond sale needs to be DONE by June 30.”...

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Thursday, April 2, 2015
SCR181: Interisland Ferry System Study
By Michael Hansen @ 10:16 PM :: 6013 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Jones Act

There are several State regulatory issues that need to be resolved prior to attempting to establish a Hawaii interisland ferry and are at least as important as the technical modeling, facilities and feasibility considerations....

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015
61 Hawaii Bridges Need Structural Repair
By News Release @ 10:17 PM :: 3959 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...cars, trucks and school buses cross Hawaii's 61 structurally compromised bridges 900,643 times every day....

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Friday, March 27, 2015
$11M Spent: Ige Dumps Abercrombie's IT Pipedream
By News Release @ 4:11 PM :: 4181 Views :: Hawaii State Government
"Why be part of the solution when there's so much money to be made in being part of the problem?"
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Resolutions Urge Audit of State Use of Outside Counsel
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:33 PM :: 5727 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, OHA

"...From agencies like the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to organizations like HART that are entrusted with significant state funds, there is a need for greater accountability...."

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Monday, March 23, 2015
Common Cause to Host Hawaii Open Budget Initiative Demonstration
By News Release @ 10:10 PM :: 4064 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, from 6-7pm....

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Thursday, March 19, 2015
Auditor Hammers Legislators' Special Funds: 43 of 44 Do Not Meet Criteria
By News Release @ 3:22 PM :: 3778 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...an analysis of each new special or revolving fund proposed by legislative bills....

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Sunday, March 15, 2015
I Can’t Believe He Said That!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4631 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... hundreds of little (and in some cases, not so little) pots of money sprinkled throughout Hawaii's departments, agencies, and other governmental units ....

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Thursday, March 12, 2015
OpenHawaii.org -- Holding Government Accountable
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:22 PM :: 6294 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...county and state salary and overtime records, as well as retirement, health insurance, budgetary, and other data....

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Sunday, March 8, 2015
First Crossover: House Sends 100+ Bills to Senate
By News Release @ 5:00 AM :: 3907 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The House today passed over a hundred bills....

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Saturday, March 7, 2015
Call to Action: Stop Bad Legislation at First Crossover
By News Release @ 4:02 PM :: 3394 Views :: Hawaii State Government
On Tuesday, March 10 (beginning at 10:00 am), both the House and Senate will be in chamber voting on the '1st Crossover bills'.
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Friday, March 6, 2015
Ige Appoints Hidano DAGS Deputy Director
By News Release @ 1:02 PM :: 3705 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Hidano’s nomination is subject to Senate confirmation....

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Thursday, March 5, 2015
Sunshine? Bills Slip Through During 'Total Solar Eclipse'
By Selected News Articles @ 6:38 PM :: 5762 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

During floor session today (March 5th, 2015) after 1:00 PM, House Finance Chair stood up and requested a waiver of the 48-hour requirement to hear an agenda of bills with just one hour of notice....

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Hawaii Open Budget: A bold step towards fiscal transparency
By News Release @ 5:28 PM :: 5913 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

...a nonpartisan effort to make the state budgeting process accessible to the public by putting state budget facts and figures online, in real time....

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Revolving Door: Former TV Anchors Among Ige's Latest Appointees
By News Release @ 9:59 PM :: 4099 Views :: Hawaii State Government

None of the appointments are subject to confirmation by the Senate....

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Sunday, March 1, 2015
Dismissed: Judge Tosses Suit Seeking Removal of Schatz from Office
By Selected News Articles @ 4:06 PM :: 5414 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

...Seventeenth Amendment issues matter. Its strange wording allows legislatures to game the system....

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Saturday, February 28, 2015
Will Legislators Co-Sign $660M Loan for Evicted Racetrack Owner?
By Andrew Walden @ 7:24 PM :: 10803 Views :: Honolulu County, DHHL, Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...If approved, non-profits directed by Grace, the Paradise Lua porta-potty magnate who beat the rap for the 1999 Aloha Stadium porta-potty fire bombings, would be eligible for millions of dollars to fund proposals such as the "Paradise Ohana Heart and Vascular Center, Inc."....

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Friday, February 27, 2015
Ige Returns from Washington, Holds News Conference
By News Release @ 4:42 AM :: 3633 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Ige held a news conference to provide information about his participation in the National Governors Association Winter Meeting....

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Monday, February 23, 2015
Rep Karl Rhoads Feeding Info to Calvin Say's Attorney while Chairing 'Special Committee'?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:11 AM :: 6994 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

The state House investigation of a challenge to former speaker Calvin Say’s right to hold his seat in Hawaii’s House of Representatives has taken a new twist....

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Senate Schedules Confirmation Hearing for Controversial DLNR Appointee
By News Release @ 11:14 PM :: 5495 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

Wednesday March 11th at 10 AM in room 229....

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Saturday, February 14, 2015
Ige Nominates DoTax, DoH Deputy Directors
By News Release @ 3:31 AM :: 3215 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Joseph Kim has been nominated to be the Deputy Director at the Department of Taxation where he will redeploy his extensive experience in training and commanding U.S. Air Force....

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Friday, February 13, 2015
Grassroot Institute: Promoting our Principles in the Legislature
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:22 PM :: 3228 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Grassroot Institute has been busy tracking legislation that threatens or promotes free market principles and individual liberty....

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Friday, February 13, 2015
HB558: Curbing Overtime Abuse
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:26 PM :: 4587 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

The state paid nearly $60 million in overtime pay last year....

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Thursday, February 12, 2015
Milner: Legislature Secretive Because Republicans Fail to Rat Out Democrat Wrongdoing
By Selected News Articles @ 2:53 PM :: 5786 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

Opposition parties are rightfully tattletales. They are critics and watchdogs. Without this tattling, many things go on that the public does not know about....

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015
At End of Life, State Human Resources Management System moves to 'Private Cloud'
By News Release @ 5:00 PM :: 3616 Views :: Hawaii State Government

"...we faced the risk of a complete system failure that would have jeopardized essential functions..."

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015
"Widespread Bribery and Corruption" Hawaii ERS Sues Petrobras
By News Release @ 3:12 AM :: 4452 Views :: Hawaii State Government
It sure is a good thing we have the Attorney General of Ohio around to tell us what's going on in the Hawaii ERS....
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Monday, February 9, 2015
Documents Show Comcast Ghostwrote Abercrombie's Pro-TWC Merger Letters
By Selected News Articles @ 12:01 AM :: 4987 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

On August 22, Neil Abercrombie sent a letter to Washington, D.C., urging the Federal Communications Commission to approve Comcast’s controversial proposal to merge with Time Warner....

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Sunday, February 8, 2015
Maui Democrats Release Names of 13 Applicants for HD13 Vacancy
By News Release @ 1:43 AM :: 6291 Views :: Democratic Party, Maui County, Hawaii State Government

The final three names as identified by the nominating committee will then be forwarded to the Governor....

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