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Monday, March 24, 2014
Senate Informer: Life of a Bill
By Video @ 2:14 PM :: 2905 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Video traces a bill through Hawaii's legislative process....

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Sunday, March 23, 2014
Legislators Consider Permanent Hunt for Old Child Molesters--Except those Employed by Government
By Selected News Articles @ 10:21 PM :: 3920 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, Religion

Two dozen civil lawsuits have been filed during the past two years in what state lawmakers initially intended as a one-time opportunity....

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Sunday, March 23, 2014
Kakaako: Sneaky Legislative Tactic of the Day
By Selected News Articles @ 5:26 PM :: 2883 Views :: Hawaii State Government

If they do not have the votes, they will keep deferring the bill until they get the right mix of senators to pass the bill....

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Friday, March 21, 2014
Auditor: Eight Transportation Special Funds Do Not Meet Criteria
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 6:44 PM :: 2179 Views :: Hawaii State Government

We also found instances where multiple funds were combined as a single fund in reports and did not include specific details of individual funds or accounts....

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Thursday, March 20, 2014
Reps. Johanson and Fukumoto Mid-Session Report
By Video @ 1:19 AM :: 3396 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians, Republican Party

Representatives Aaron Ling Johanson, Minority Leader and Beth Fukumoto Minority Floor Leader present a mid-session legislative report for 2014....

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Last Year’s $844 Million Surplus is Borrowed from the Future
By Selected News Articles @ 4:49 AM :: 3058 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

The downward forecast means that the state has now fewer projected revenues that could be used to fund some of the proposed spending initiatives....

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Saturday, March 15, 2014
Election Year CIP: Abercrombie Spoons out Another $36.6M
By News Release @ 6:29 AM :: 2354 Views :: Hawaii State Government

$27,695,000 – Kamamalu Building Renovation, Oahu....

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Friday, March 14, 2014
After Mysterious Disappearance, Patricia McManaman Returns as director of the Department of Human Services
By News Release @ 1:31 PM :: 3448 Views :: Hawaii State Government
Flashback February 9, 2014: Did McManaman Quit Abercrombie Administration or Not?
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Thursday, March 13, 2014
$500M Swept Away by Council on Revenues
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:43 AM :: 2432 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...both the Governor and the House budget drafts are not in balance....

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Election Year: Abercrombie Tosses Out Another $64.7M CIP
By News Release @ 10:54 PM :: 2326 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...$64.7 million for various capital improvement projects (CIP) that will help stimulate....

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
House Approves $211M Judiciary Budget
By News Release @ 9:08 PM :: 2339 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The House of Representatives today approved HB1638 HD2, appropriating $161,137,650 for operating expenses and $50,590,000 for capital improvement costs of the Hawaii State Judiciary....

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
House Finance Committee Cuts $180M from Abercrombie Budget
By News Release @ 8:33 PM :: 2633 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...At this point last year, the House had reduced the Governor’s budget by almost $600 million....

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Council on Revenues Knocks $478M Hole in Abercrombie Budget
By News Release @ 2:32 AM :: 3564 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

The council projected zero percent growth for the fiscal year that ends in June, down from 3.3 percent....

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Election Year: Abercrombie Writes Check to Kupuna Care as Medicaid Applicants Get Cut Off
By News Release @ 2:15 AM :: 2572 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

Meanwhile: Get Medicaid? Lose Kupuna Care....

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Friday, March 07, 2014
Informational Briefing on Grants-in-Aid
By News Release @ 11:21 AM :: 3306 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Senate Committee on Ways and Means and the House Committee on Finance will conduct a joint informational briefing on Chapter 42F, HRS grant applications....

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Friday, March 07, 2014
Full Text: Souki Reprimands Hanohano—conduct “intimidating, disruptive”
By News Release @ 2:30 AM :: 2737 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

"If it is confirmed by me that a future incident of this nature has occurred, whether at the Capitol or elsewhere, I will immediately remove you from all committee assignments...."

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Friday, March 07, 2014
Ige Slams Abercrombie over Pension Tax Hypocrisy, Morita Appointment
By News Release @ 2:07 AM :: 3869 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians, Taxes

The governor may not be following the legislative process closely....

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Thursday, March 06, 2014
Abercrombie Appoints Rep Wooley Director of Office of Environmental Quality Control
By News Release @ 9:19 PM :: 4345 Views :: Democratic Party, Environment, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

This is the same worthless job Abercrombie gave to shut Gary Hooser up back in 2011....

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Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Senate Passes More Than 300 Bills
By News Release @ 10:36 PM :: 1704 Views :: Hawaii State Government

In preparation for the first crossover deadline Thursday, the Senate today held a long floor session to move bills out of its chamber so that it may crossover to the House of Representatives....

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Wednesday, March 05, 2014
House Votes to Move Another 183 Bills to Senate
By News Release @ 10:33 PM :: 1852 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The House now stands in recess and will reconvene to take action on final measures for third reading on Thursday, March 6 at 12 p.m....

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Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Election Year: Abercrombie Forks Out $164.7M in CIP
By News Release @ 3:32 AM :: 2203 Views :: Hawaii State Government

News Releases from Office of the Governor ....

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Saturday, March 01, 2014
Complete List of Bills Set for Third Reading in Senate, House March 4
By Andrew Walden @ 5:05 PM :: 3211 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Click on the bill number for Text and Status....

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Saturday, March 01, 2014
House Passes More than 200 Bills on to Senate
By News Release @ 3:27 AM :: 2230 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The body now stands in recess and will reconvene to take action on additional measures up for third reading next week on Tuesday, March 4th at 9 a.m....

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Auditor: 11 Special Funds Do not Meet Criteria
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 12:33 AM :: 2338 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...although some funds have been repealed or are no longer active, their appropriation accounts have not been closed and balances remain....

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Monday, February 24, 2014
Can they get up? HI Legislature to fund coordinator to help seniors avoid falls
By Malia Zimmerman @ 7:59 PM :: 2337 Views :: Hawaii State Government

“Government wants a coordinator for all of life’s risks,” Slom said. “Taxpayers should not fall for more bureaucracy.”....

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Saturday, February 22, 2014
Full Text: Legislators Challenge Abercrombie over Morita Dismissal
By News Release @ 4:10 AM :: 4623 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living
...William Kaneko, who chairs Abercrombie's re-election campaign, is a former lobbyist for Aina Koa Pono....
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Saturday, February 15, 2014
Budget: Kalbert Young Talks to Grassroot Institute
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:18 AM :: 2334 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...topics as varied as the illusory nature of the state budget surplus and the demands of rail....

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Friday, February 14, 2014
Abercrombie Appoints Dr. Linda Rosen Director, Department of Health
By News Release @ 11:35 PM :: 2003 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Dr. Rosen’s appointment is subject to state Senate confirmation....

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Thursday, February 13, 2014
Hawaii legislators reject Azerbaijani Resolutions
By Selected News Articles @ 3:46 AM :: 3888 Views :: World News, Hawaii State Government

The Hawaii legislature publicly debated and then rejected a pair of Azerbaijan-initiated anti-Armenian measures....

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Fiscal watchdog disputes Hawaii governor’s surplus claims
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:30 PM :: 3316 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

How vibrant Hawaii’s fiscal health is depends on who you ask....

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Monday, February 10, 2014
Senator Sam Slom Appointed to Special Investigative Committee
By News Release @ 10:12 PM :: 2790 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...examining allegations of administrative abuses and an ongoing failure to provide a safe work environment at the Hawaii State Hospital....

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Monday, February 10, 2014
Bhagowalia Quits Abercrombie Administration, Flees State
By News Release @ 6:56 PM :: 7030 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Abercrombie today announced the appointment and promotion (resignation) of Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia as Chief Advisor for Technology and Cyber-Security (CIO), effective Feb. 18, 2014....

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Sunday, February 09, 2014
UPDATE: Did McManaman Quit Abercrombie Administration or Not?
By News Release @ 11:50 PM :: 4975 Views :: Hawaii State Government

"I will be out of the office starting 02/07/2014 and will not return until 04/30/2014....."

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Friday, February 07, 2014
SB2149: Combat Fraudulent Liens and Mortgage Filings
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 9:13 PM :: 3022 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

Hawaii legislators set to hear a bill to combat fraudulent lien filings on February 11, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. in room 229 at the Hawaii Capitol....

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Friday, February 07, 2014
Clayton Hee: “We give notice we cut you at the knees”
By Andrew Walden @ 2:32 PM :: 5214 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

Watch the Senate committee system falling apart....

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Friday, February 07, 2014
Hawaii Aerospace Caucus Explores the Final Frontier
By News Release @ 2:03 AM :: 2779 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military

Initiatives include studies for a space exploration R&D park, international flight training center and a laser optical communications ground station in Hawaii....

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Friday, February 07, 2014
Taxes, Transparency, Initiative, Referendum, Recall, Children and More Supported by Legislative Minority
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 1:07 AM :: 2490 Views :: Hawaii State Government

These bills have been set up on the front burner of this year’s legislative agenda after the pre-empted initiative to “Let the People Vote” during last year’s “not -so-special-session” on same-sex marriage....

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Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Bills on their way to becoming laws that promote fiscal transparency
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 9:27 PM :: 2051 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Two important bills (SB2153 and SB2519) that promote greater fiscal transparency and protections for Hawaii's taxpayers passed the Ways And Means Committee today....

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Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Bitter Abercrombie Bickers With 'Irresponsible' Legislators over CAFR Credit
By Selected News Articles @ 4:20 AM :: 3107 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

"Well, I’m always pleased to share credit when people realize they can’t avoid their responsibilities anymore...." - Abercrombie

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Saturday, February 01, 2014
Sen. Sam Slom Introduces Legislative Package
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 12:06 PM :: 3567 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians, Republican Party
“The Senate Minority this year, with renewed vigor, has an action plan to empower the people.  Only the minority speaks for child safety, overburdened tax payers, our overburdened businesses and the home schooled.”
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Friday, January 31, 2014
Hawaii AG: Trans-Pac Partnership Endangers State Tobacco Revenues
By News Release @ 1:51 PM :: 3092 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Taxes

Attorney General David M. Louie joined 46 fellow state and territorial attorneys general in signing a letter sent to the U.S. Trade Representative....

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Friday, January 31, 2014
Campaign Season: Abercrombie Spoons out Another $20M CIP
By News Release @ 12:40 PM :: 2069 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...$20 million for various capital improvement projects (CIP) administered by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources....

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Thursday, January 30, 2014
DLNR Invites Comment on Statewide Outdoor Recreation Plan
By News Release @ 7:36 PM :: 2392 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...informational meetings about the 2014 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan ....

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Hawaii’s minority leaders push for more power for the people
By Malia Zimmerman @ 7:43 PM :: 3109 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

Hawaii is the only state without any form of referendum, recall and initiative on a statewide level....

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
VIDEO: Hawaii House, Senate Republicans Join Forces
By Video @ 10:04 PM :: 3520 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party, Taxes

Senator Slom and Representative Aaron Ling Johanson and his fellow House Republicans are introducing companion legislation that includes financial relief for every taxpayer in Hawaii....

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Monday, January 27, 2014
Nominations Closing for State Water Commission
By News Release @ 11:34 PM :: 2124 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The nominating committee for the state Commission on Water Resource Management (Water Commission) is still accepting applications for one (1) position on the commission....

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Sunday, January 26, 2014
Hawaii's $9,000 million Deficit, not $850 million Surplus
By Selected News Articles @ 11:34 PM :: 3399 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

The Governor's $850 million Surplus is imaginary, given his $9,000 million Retirement System Deficit....

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Sunday, January 26, 2014
Abercrombie: $28.3M for NELHA, DURF, FTZ, HCDA
By News Release @ 10:07 PM :: 2384 Views :: Hawaii State Government

$9,694,000 – Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii (NELHA) Frontage Road and New Intersection Connections, Hawaii Island – Construction of a 0.8-mile frontage road....

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Saturday, January 25, 2014
Auditor: State Laws Sufficient to Protect Against Diploma Mills
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:25 PM :: 2978 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education

House Bill No. 1200, House Draft 2, is not needed to comply with the Higher Education Act of 1965 and other flaws in the bill do not warrant its enactment....

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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Hawaii Pedestrian Plan Wins National Recognition
By News Release @ 9:44 PM :: 2805 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii State Government

...the first in the nation to have a statewide, pedestrian-only focus....

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