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Friday, April 12, 2013
Budget: Conference Committee Agrees on Pension Payments at First Meeting
By News Release @ 10:26 AM :: 3910 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 :: 4143 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 :: 5398 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 :: 4414 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 :: 6980 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 :: 6247 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 :: 6535 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 :: 5049 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 :: 4129 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 :: 6596 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 :: 4829 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 :: 5297 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 :: 4436 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 :: 8398 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 :: 9726 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 :: 5358 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 :: 5811 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 :: 10208 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 :: 6073 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 :: 5989 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 :: 4004 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 :: 5326 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

From Hawaii House Republican Legislative Update ....

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Sunday, March 17, 2013
PPPA: PLDC Bait and Switch? Next Hearing March 19
By Andrew Walden @ 9:34 PM :: 5850 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits

... as quickly as demands for repeal of Act 55 were heard, legislators introduced a bill establishing bills to establish a Public Private Partnership Authority ....

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Saturday, March 16, 2013
List of Tax Measures Moving in Legislature Totals Seven Pages
By Andrew Walden @ 12:06 AM :: 6480 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

Some raise, some redistribute. Others give credit where credit may not be due....

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Thursday, March 14, 2013
State information officer honored with ‘Federal 100 Award’
By News Release @ 6:15 PM :: 2914 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Hawaii is the only state government in the nation to be recognized as part of the 2013 Federal 100 Awards by Federal Computer Week magazine....

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Thursday, March 14, 2013
SB286: Solomon Decision Allows Legislature to Define 'Permanent Resident'
By News Release @ 2:53 PM :: 9173 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military, Office of Elections

UPDATE: SB286 Approved with Amendments Thursday March 14, House Committee on Judiciary...

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Thursday, March 14, 2013
House GOP: "Many Bad Bills Did Not Pass"
By News Release @ 2:05 PM :: 4450 Views :: Hawaii State Government

This is a promising time in your Hawaii House of Representatives....

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Thursday, March 14, 2013
House approves $23.25B budget
By News Release @ 1:56 PM :: 4692 Views :: Hawaii State Government

HB200 HD1 appropriates funds for operating and capital improvement costs of the Executive Branch for the next biennium fiscal years FY2013-2014 and FY2014-2015

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Governor Encouraged by Council on Revenues Forecast
By News Release @ 11:07 PM :: 4034 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government

an increase to its previous projection for 2013 General Fund tax revenues from 5.1 to 6.7 percent growth....

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Republican Caucus Commends Fiscally Conservative Hawaii House Budget
By News Release @ 7:43 PM :: 6104 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party, Taxes

"This is a clear sign that the House is moving in the right direction," said Minority Leader Aaron Ling Johanson, Vice Chair of the House Committee on Finance.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Sunlight: Hawaii Scores 'C' for Transparency
By News Release @ 1:22 AM :: 6002 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...six criteria on which each state could be evaluated, based on six of the Ten Principles for Opening Up Government Information....

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Saturday, March 9, 2013
Hawaii Legislative Watch: People vs. Government
By Rachelle Chang @ 3:41 PM :: 8187 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Second Amendment, Small Business

...10 issues, large and small, in which government is intruding more into our lives and our businesses....

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Friday, March 8, 2013
Governor Releases $46.39 Million for Capital Improvement Projects Statewide
By News Release @ 10:07 PM :: 4591 Views :: Hawaii State Government

“Many of these priority projects require matching state funds to access federal dollars, secured before sequestration...."

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Thursday, March 7, 2013
Hawaii State Senate Passes 348 Bills Over to the House
By News Release @ 3:10 AM :: 4465 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Ahead of the First Crossover deadline, the Hawaii State Senate passed 348 bills during Tuesday’s session.  The bills now head over to the House for consideration....

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Chicken Manure Penny Stock Looks to Abercrombie for ‘Strategic Relationship’
By Andrew Walden @ 11:28 PM :: 10005 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Agriculture, Hawaii State Government

We have presented our technology to and proposed a strategic relationship with various state agencies in the State of Hawaii, which closely aligns itself with Governor Neil Abercrombie’s “New Day in Hawaii” initiative....

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
House Moves Hundreds of Bills Over to Senate
By News Release @ 3:37 PM :: 4297 Views :: Hawaii State Government

See the full list of bills crossed over to the Senate ....

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013
State Sells Holdings in Student Loan Auction Rate Securities
By News Release @ 5:47 AM :: 4550 Views :: Hawaii State Government

When the state purchased the Securities, they were rated “AAA,” which is the highest investment rating. While the state held the Securities, the state received all of the principal and interest payments due on the Securities....

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Senate Crossover: 200 Bills on the Agenda
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 12:34 AM :: 4378 Views :: Hawaii State Government

More than 200 bills will be up for vote next Tuesday and Thursday as the Hawaii State Legislature heads for the First Crossover deadline on March 7....

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Monday, March 4, 2013
House moves 69 bills over to Senate
By News Release @ 2:36 PM :: 4464 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...measures approved by the House several focused on sustainability, the environment, the economy, healthy living....

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Saturday, March 2, 2013
Governor to Establish Hawaii ‘Sequestration Impact Response Team’
By News Release @ 2:02 AM :: 4131 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...the Governor ordered all state departments to work with their federal counterparts to assess which areas will be impacted and estimate the amount of state funds needed to continue services and programs....

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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Full Text: Rep Hanohano Accused of Workplace Violence after Racist Tirade Aimed at State Workers
By Selected News Articles @ 9:10 PM :: 9664 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

Transcript of letter from State employees attacked by Rep Faye Hanohano....

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Monday, February 25, 2013
CIP: $113M New Spending at Airports, Harbors
By News Release @ 5:16 PM :: 4725 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Abercrombie today announced the release of $113 million for various capital improvement projects (CIP) at airports and harbors ....

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Saturday, February 16, 2013
Transparency: Hawaii State, County Websites Score Mixed Reviews
By Selected News Articles @ 3:28 PM :: 5422 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

Selected details from SunshineReview.org review of State, County, and DoE websites....

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Friday, February 15, 2013
OIP: "Obvious Problems" with UIPA Records
By News Release @ 1:43 PM :: 4948 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...it appears that over 301,000 government record requests were routinely fulfilled by the reporting agencies....

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Thursday, February 14, 2013
Historic Preservation Division Offers Feds a Laundry List of Excuses
By Selected News Articles @ 4:42 PM :: 6660 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government

"After the hiring freeze was lifted staff hired still required Budget and Finance Approval and the Governor’s signature for general funded positions. This slowed the process down significantly. Around November or early December of 2011 the DLNR budget analyst left for vacation and all our paper work at Budget and Finance stopped moving...."

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Audit: DoE Burns $150M/year on Construction and Maintenance, Tosses Records in Trash
By Selected News Articles @ 9:54 PM :: 4928 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

Because project documents were not consistently retained or filed...the current state assessment team was unable to complete planned testing procedures....

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Saturday, February 9, 2013
Bribery, Blackmail: Louie, Coppa Secretly Recorded Offering to Trade Away Investigation, Buy Silence from DHHL Exec
By Selected News Articles @ 5:26 PM :: 9607 Views :: DHHL, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

"Seeing it first hand myself was stunning. That even at the highest levels of enforcement, the Attorney General himself...."

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Friday, February 8, 2013
Governor Appoints Max Otani Deputy Director of Corrections
By News Release @ 1:17 PM :: 5632 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the appointment of Max Otani as deputy director of corrections with the state Department of Public Safety, effective immediately....

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Friday, February 8, 2013
Keeping involved with Hawaii law-making
By Rachelle Chang @ 12:56 PM :: 5429 Views :: Hawaii State Government

To get ready for the proposed legislation that is coming our way, here are some helpful tips to get involved in the Hawaii legislative process....

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Sunday, February 3, 2013
DoTax Employees Secretly Arrested, Fired
By Andrew Walden @ 12:40 PM :: 10522 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, Tax Credits, Taxes

A number of tax department employees who were investigated in connection with the security breaches have been “arrested and relieved of their duties,” said state Rep. John Mizuno....

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