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Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Abercrombie Signs 9 Bills: Wind Farms Must Pay for Decommissioning
By News Release @ 10:34 PM :: 3082 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

HB1149 (Relating to Wind Energy Facilities) requires a wind energy facility owner to be responsible for facility decommissioning and provide evidence of financial security....

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Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Hawaii freeway conditions and costs are ‘disgraceful’
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:06 PM :: 3677 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Rail

The truly “big news,” Slater said: Hawaii’s ranking at No. 49 for administrative costs per mile....

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Friday, June 28, 2013
State Senate Shakes Up Committee Structure
By News Release @ 5:47 PM :: 4480 Views :: DHHL, Hawaii State Government, OHA, Tourism
Two committees have been added, splitting the current Committee on Tourism and Hawaiians Affairs (THA) into two separate subject matter committees.... 
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Friday, June 28, 2013
Auditor: Continued state regulation of amateur boxing is unnecessary
By Selected News Articles @ 4:27 AM :: 3526 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education
Feasibility Study of Removing Amateur Boxing From the Jurisdiction of the State Boxing Commission....
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Friday, June 28, 2013
Abercrombie Signs 35 Bills
By News Release @ 1:49 AM :: 2343 Views :: Hawaii State Government
the Office of the Governor provides the below list of most recently signed bills....
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
Rep. Ward seeks assurance that public data will be protected under SB1003
By News Release @ 11:30 PM :: 2169 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Senate Bill 1003 allows for periodic security audits of all Executive Branch departments and agencies to ensure that the state’s computer infrastructure and sensitive data are protected from unauthorized use....

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Monday, June 24, 2013
Abercrombie Sends Notice of ‘Intent to Veto’ 9 Bills, Line-Item 10th
By News Release @ 11:42 PM :: 2743 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Most of these bills are potentially objectionable because of concerns, raised by state departments or agencies, reflected in testimonies provided during the hearing process...

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Saturday, June 22, 2013
Abercrombie Signs SB1025 Loosening Home Loan Qualifications
By News Release @ 2:43 AM :: 2399 Views :: Hawaii State Government

adds down payment, closing cost and other assistance as a program feature....

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Friday, June 21, 2013
Rep McDermott: Dep't of Health Obstructing VA Loans
By News Release @ 4:03 AM :: 3260 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

the policy statement on the DOH Website is causing the VA to balk at home loans and re-fi’s for thousands of homes with catchment systems....

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Thursday, June 20, 2013
HI unfunded liabilities: Unpredictable tsunami or government-made disaster?
By Malia Zimmerman @ 8:07 PM :: 2623 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...the state has a constitutionally mandated “balanced budget requirement,” but that’s based on “an outdated cash-based accounting model that recognizes expenses when they are paid instead of when they are incurred”....

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Monday, June 17, 2013
Abercrombie Signs 37 Bills into Law
By News Release @ 4:59 PM :: 2657 Views :: Hawaii State Government
Abercrombie enacted the following bill on Friday, June 14, 2013....
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Monday, June 10, 2013
Thanks to Pensions, Hawaii Retiree Income Tops Nation
By Selected News Articles @ 9:21 PM :: 3944 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

...the prevalence of traditional pensions appears to be a major reason Hawaii leads our study in replacement income....

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Sunday, June 09, 2013
Number of Special Funds Should be Curtailed
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:01 AM :: 3417 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

Recently the Chair of the House Finance Committee announced that she will be reviewing the practice of setting up special funds....

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Friday, June 07, 2013
Governor Releases $41.2 Million for Various CIPs Statewide
By News Release @ 4:17 AM :: 2410 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $41.2 million....

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Thursday, June 06, 2013
Paychecks Hawaii Rates Legislators
By News Release @ 6:40 PM :: 4493 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Politicians, Small Business
Paychecks Hawaii rates each of the 76 state legislators on support for small business....
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Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Mortgage Settlement: Hundreds of Hawaii Borrowers to get $1480
By News Release @ 11:03 PM :: 2228 Views :: Hawaii State Government

1,413 Hawaii borrowers who submitted a valid foreclosure payment claim through the National Mortgage Settlement will receive a check this month for approximately $1,480

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Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Abercrombie Signs Seven More Bills into Law
By News Release @ 1:11 AM :: 2584 Views :: Hawaii State Government
Abercrombie enacted the following bills on Friday, May 31, 2013....
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Monday, June 03, 2013
Hawaii Data Sharing: 2.2 Million Layers of Information on You
By Selected News Articles @ 11:47 PM :: 3028 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The platform includes 2.2 million layers of information, and it will continue to grow ... That is the Exemplary State idea....

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Monday, June 03, 2013
Transform Hawaii Gov: Tech Mavens Point to Success in Other States
By News Release @ 10:52 PM :: 2364 Views :: Hawaii State Government

examine efforts of other state and municipal governments in implementing their business and information technology transformations....

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Friday, May 31, 2013
Governor Releases $21.8 Million for Airports, Highways Statewide
By News Release @ 2:44 AM :: 2529 Views :: Hawaii State Government
Allotment of funds for the following priority projects, identified by members of the state Legislature, has been approved....
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Governor Sees Council on Revenues Forecast as Sign of Strong Economy
By News Release @ 4:05 AM :: 2718 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government
Council on Revenues revised forecast reaffirming its previous General Fund tax revenue projection for the current fiscal year and increasing its projections for the next three fiscal years....
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Friday, May 24, 2013
Hawaii Family Advocates Reviews 2013 Legislative Action
By News Release @ 7:15 PM :: 3884 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 :: 3710 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 :: 3134 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 :: 2106 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 :: 3535 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 :: 3182 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 :: 4090 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 :: 3044 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 :: 2883 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 :: 2437 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 :: 3389 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 :: 2818 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

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

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Wednesday, May 08, 2013
HCR165: State Child Welfare Services “Unauditable”
By News Release @ 5:03 PM :: 3906 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 08, 2013
Campaign Season: Abercrombie Hands Out Taxpayer Cash to Taxpayers
By News Release @ 2:31 AM :: 2076 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 07, 2013
Sen Sam Slom: List of 27 ‘No’ Votes
By News Release @ 10:49 PM :: 3469 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 07, 2013
45 Students Complete State's First 'Transformation Internship Program'
By News Release @ 6:07 AM :: 3124 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 03, 2013
House GOP: 'Legislature closes fiscally conservative session'
By News Release @ 7:29 AM :: 2793 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 02, 2013
Rep. Johanson, Minority Leader – Closing Remarks – May 2013
By Video @ 11:19 PM :: 2554 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

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

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Thursday, May 02, 2013
Senate Votes to Pass 174 Bills
By News Release @ 4:27 AM :: 2176 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 :: 2170 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 :: 2401 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 :: 4103 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 :: 2443 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 :: 2417 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 :: 3020 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 :: 4826 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 :: 2011 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 :: 2884 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 :: 2560 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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