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Friday, May 24, 2013
Hawaii Family Advocates Reviews 2013 Legislative Action
By News Release @ 7:15 PM :: 5883 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government, Life

...bills that HFA submitted testimony on....

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Friday, May 24, 2013
Shawn Tsuha Nominated Deputy Director, Department of Public Safety
By News Release @ 4:05 PM :: 5359 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement
...Abercrombie today announced the nomination of Shawn H. Tsuha to deputy director of law enforcement for the state Department of Public Safety, effective June 1, 2013....
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Friday, May 24, 2013
House GOP Cites ‘Significant Progress for Hawaii’s People’
By News Release @ 2:41 PM :: 5062 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...recapitalizing the Rainy Day and Hurricane Relief Funds, addressing unfunded liabilities and eliminating many vacant department positions....

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Thursday, May 23, 2013
$139K per Unit: $48.3M for Public Housing CIP
By News Release @ 1:22 PM :: 3296 Views :: Hawaii State Government
Do the math: $5M/36 units = $139K per unit....
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Sunday, May 19, 2013
Minimum Wage Should Not Be Living Wage
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:00 AM :: 5277 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor
...those critics probably never held a real job or never ran their own business....
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Saturday, May 18, 2013
Is Anyone On The Hook If a Volcano Gawker Ends Up In Trouble?
By Robert Thomas @ 10:16 PM :: 4724 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Judiciary

...the signs are treated by visitors less as warnings and more as centerpieces of funny photographs to show the folks back home....

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Friday, May 17, 2013
Hawaii leads nation in per-capita debt for unfunded union benefits
By Malia Zimmerman @ 10:32 PM :: 5862 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes
Source: Truth in Accounting...
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Friday, May 17, 2013
Abercrombie Nominates Salmonson for Environmental Quality Control
By News Release @ 2:44 PM :: 4468 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government

Abercrombie has nominated Genevieve Salmonson to the position of interim director of the state Department of Health (DOH) Office of Environmental Quality Control, effective today....

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Airports Division Audit: Mismanagement, Recurring Violations, Delays, Cost Overruns
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 9:29 PM :: 3948 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Dependence on and accommodation of contractors subverts the public interest....

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Saturday, May 11, 2013
Governor Signs More than Seventy Bills Before End of Session
By News Release @ 1:53 PM :: 3490 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Abercrombie signed more than 70 Bills into law before the end of the 2013 Legislative Session.  The Legislature passed 293 bills....

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Saturday, May 11, 2013
Senate Democrats Tout Achievements
By News Release @ 1:48 PM :: 4947 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

...a paradigm shift in the approach taken to complete the work of the legislative session....

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Friday, May 10, 2013
Campaign Spending Commission Launches New Website
By News Release @ 9:13 PM :: 4011 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

The Commission announces the launch of its newly revamped website today....

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
HCR165: State Child Welfare Services “Unauditable”
By News Release @ 5:03 PM :: 5513 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government
...assessment of complaints about 1) child abuse and neglect, and 2) alleged misuse of child support....
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Campaign Season: Abercrombie Hands Out Taxpayer Cash to Taxpayers
By News Release @ 2:31 AM :: 3095 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Abercrombie yesterday presented a $1.5 million check to Kauai Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr....

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Sen Sam Slom: List of 27 ‘No’ Votes
By News Release @ 10:49 PM :: 5213 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party
In final reading votes taken on April 30, I voted “no” on the following bills....
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Tuesday, May 7, 2013
45 Students Complete State's First 'Transformation Internship Program'
By News Release @ 6:07 AM :: 4654 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education
The TIP Summer 2013 Session starts in June, with applications being accepted through June 8....
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Friday, May 3, 2013
House GOP: 'Legislature closes fiscally conservative session'
By News Release @ 7:29 AM :: 4498 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

The 2013 legislative session that came to a close today gives fiscal conservatives much to be encouraged by....

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Thursday, May 2, 2013
Rep. Johanson, Minority Leader – Closing Remarks – May 2013
By Video @ 11:19 PM :: 4237 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

Rep. Johanson, Minority Leader – Closing Remarks – May 2013....

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Thursday, May 2, 2013
Senate Votes to Pass 174 Bills
By News Release @ 4:27 AM :: 3184 Views :: Hawaii State Government

On April 30, 2013 the Hawaii State Senate voted to pass 174 measures, ahead of Thursday, the last day of the 2013 Legislative Session....

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Legislators Unanimously Approve Budget
By News Release @ 11:26 PM :: 3465 Views :: Hawaii State Government
HB200 CD1 appropriates funds for operating and capital improvement costs of the Executive Branch for the biennium fiscal years FY2013-2014 and FY2014-2015....
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Saturday, April 27, 2013
Does Hawaii Constitution Prohibit Gut and Replace?
By News Release @ 12:16 PM :: 3769 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Hawaii Court decisions on the Constitutional mandate that the contents of a bill must contain only one subject, and the subject of the bill must be expressed in its title....

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Saturday, April 27, 2013
Six Animal-Related Bills Moving Forward
By News Release @ 12:44 AM :: 6426 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii State Government, Second Amendment

The bills await final, floor votes of both the House and the Senate on Tuesday, April 30th....

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Friday, April 26, 2013
Budget Report & Worksheets from Conference Committee
By News Release @ 11:36 PM :: 3686 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Lead Senate and House negotiators on the State Budget bill announced they closed negotiations three days ahead of an internal deadline. ..

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Thursday, April 25, 2013
Auditor: Less Than Half of Audit Recommendations Implemented
By News Release @ 10:13 AM :: 3662 Views :: Hawaii State Government
Requests by our office to meet with the SPO to conduct our follow-up were not granted....
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Sunday, April 21, 2013
Abercrombie Orders ‘Flexible Pay’ Hikes to Match Outside Job Offers
By Andrew Walden @ 11:36 PM :: 4476 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor
... the new, legal, and inexpensive way of bribing Cabinet members and their top lieutenants ....
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Sunday, April 21, 2013
Petition Lists 7 Gut and Replace Bills, 11 Frankenstein Bills
By News Release @ 2:13 PM :: 6477 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

Due to maneuvers by various legislative committees resulting in major changes in bills without public notice, we are petitioning the legislative bodies to defeat the following bills....

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Saturday, April 13, 2013
SB858: Gender Equity on Boards and Commissions
By News Release @ 11:26 PM :: 3082 Views :: Hawaii State Government
"...give priority to achieving the goal of gender equity when appointing members to vacancies, at-large positions, and as alternates...."
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Friday, April 12, 2013
House Republican Budget Update
By News Release @ 1:16 PM :: 4315 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Among the many bills passed on Tuesday, the House voted to....

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Friday, April 12, 2013
Budget: Conference Committee Agrees on Pension Payments at First Meeting
By News Release @ 10:26 AM :: 3860 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The conference committee is scheduled to meet Friday, April 12 in conference room 309 at 2:30 p.m....

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Thursday, April 11, 2013
Budget: House, Senate Conferees Named
By News Release @ 1:23 PM :: 4085 Views :: Hawaii State Government
...the first conference committee meeting on the state budget -- Thursday, April 11, 9:30 a.m. in room 309...
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Gut and Replace: Committee Chairs 2 - Committee Members 0
By Selected News Articles @ 1:01 PM :: 5345 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government
...without posting any proposed drafts for public notice, the Committees amended the bill to add over 40 pages on geothermal development....
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Crossover List: House Passes More Than 150 Bills, Senate 136
By Selected News Articles @ 5:00 AM :: 4362 Views :: Hawaii State Government
These will now proceed to Conference Committee ....
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Friday, April 5, 2013
School Land Pillaged By Legislature – SB 237 and HB 865
By Selected News Articles @ 1:30 PM :: 6922 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Hawaii State Government
two bills currently at the capitol would allow the Lt. Governor and the DOE to lease public school land to private developers....
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Thursday, April 4, 2013
Bed Making Contest: Clayton Hee vs Jessica Wooley
By Video @ 1:41 PM :: 6174 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Must see video of Clayton Hee and Jessica Wooley making beds ....

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Full Text: Hawaii Senate Republican Budget Proposal
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 1:54 PM :: 6472 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party
...Hawaii Senate Minority Budget for 2014-2015 reflects a decrease of $1.6 billion in total funding in comparison with the proposed Executive Budget...
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Tuesday, April 2, 2013
House GOP: Notable Bills to be Heard this Week
By News Release @ 1:54 PM :: 4947 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party
...the House votes on all remaining Senate bills next Tuesday, April 9....
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Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Full Text: Hawaii Salary Commission Pushes Legislators’ Pay Hike
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 1:53 PM :: 4080 Views :: Hawaii State Government
...there are no hearings and no votes....
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Friday, March 29, 2013
Hawaii Medal of Honor: Honoring the Fallen
By Selected News Articles @ 9:51 AM :: 6522 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military

...service members gathered with state officials and civilians to honor their fallen comrades during a Hawaii Medal of Honor ceremony, March 27....

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Friday, March 29, 2013
Governor Announces Nominations to Land Board, Water Commission
By News Release @ 2:06 AM :: 4764 Views :: Hawaii State Government
James A. Gomes to the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) and Kamanamaikalani Beamer, Ph.D. and Milton D. Pavao to the Commission of Water Resource Management (CWRM)....
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Friday, March 29, 2013
State Inspects 90% Fewer Scales, 78% Fewer Gas Pumps Since 2010
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 12:35 AM :: 5224 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

Currently, six of the branch’s 11 positions remain vacant, and we found that the branch’s two remaining inspectors can only perform eight of the branch’s 15 key regulatory functions....

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Thursday, March 28, 2013
Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means Passes State Budget Bill
By News Release @ 1:46 PM :: 4371 Views :: Hawaii State Government
The Senate’s version of the bill is approximately $141 M less in general funds than Governor Abercrombie’s budget proposal....
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
USPIRG Flunks Hawaii on Tax Credit Secrecy
By Selected News Articles @ 1:57 PM :: 8299 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Tax Credits
Not a single Failing State provides information on the public benefits of economic development subsidies broken  down by recipient or makes its tax expenditure report available....
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Scientology: Hawaii House Resolution Honors Group Tied to 'Torture', 'Concentration Camps'
By Andrew Walden @ 1:33 PM :: 9637 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Religion, Drugs
March 13 was the birthday of Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard. One day later, Rep Rida Cabanilla presented Scientology with a gift in the form of Hawaii House Resolution 196....
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
19 families to receive Hawaii Medal of Honor Today
By News Release @ 1:01 PM :: 5296 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military
...awarded on behalf of the people of the State of Hawaii to an individual who was killed in action while serving our country as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom....
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Budget: Is Neil Abercrombie Four Times the Man Jack Burns Was?
By Selected News Articles @ 8:46 PM :: 5732 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics
...our operating budget has increased more than 4 times since 1967 – even taking inflation into account....
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Sunday, March 24, 2013
Company With Ties to Abercrombie, DelaCruz Seeks $200M from Legislature
By Andrew Walden @ 8:26 PM :: 10081 Views :: Energy, Ethics, Hawaii State Government
According to his Senate website, Sen DelaCruz is “Director of Communications at WCIT.”
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Legislative Maneuver Sends PLDC to Secret Conference Committee
By Selected News Articles @ 5:14 PM :: 6007 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use

All we have to do is pass the bill unamended, and we can move the PLDC repeal along to the final step. And then Senator Solomon announces she want to amend the bill....

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Kelii Akina Named President of Grassroot Institute
By News Release @ 1:34 PM :: 5932 Views :: Akaka Bill, Hawaii State Government

“Pa`ina in the Country” celebration of Dr. Akina’s appointment as Grassroot Institute’s new president on April 6, 2013 from 12 PM to 2 PM at 45-114 Waikapoki Rd -- Kane`ohe Congregational Church

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Tsutsui to Meet Arne Duncan in DC
By News Release @ 7:36 PM :: 3954 Views :: Hawaii State Government

“The meeting is an opportunity to work with international leaders to open doors of trade and commerce while working with federal leaders on issues that may impact the way Hawaii serves its people and families,” said Lt. Governor Tsutsui....

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Notable bills to be heard this week
By News Release @ 1:38 AM :: 5261 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

From Hawaii House Republican Legislative Update ....

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