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Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Special Funds? In 2022 Legislature 100% Fail Analysis
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 10:14 PM :: 1964 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... We reviewed 104 Senate and House bills introduced during the 2022 legislative session proposing 63 special and revolving funds.  None satisfied the criteria set forth in section 23-11, HRS ....

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022
OSHA Raids: Hawaii 4th Most Likely Target
By Selected News Articles @ 10:00 PM :: 2642 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Law Enforcement, Small Business

... nine out of the top 10 states are State Plan states ....

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Thanks to Sneaky Lawyers, Jones Act Waiver will Require Act of Congress
By Selected News Articles @ 9:53 PM :: 2252 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

... Little noticed language was included in the National Defense Authorization Act that became law in 2021 when Congress overrode then-President Donald Trump’s veto ....

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022
How Hawaii’s Spike in Gas Prices Compares to the Nation
By Selected News Articles @ 9:38 PM :: 2447 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hawaii gasoline prices are increasing more slowly than other states .... 

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Ige: Hawaii Indoor Mask Mandate Ends March 26
By News Release @ 9:12 PM :: 1949 Views :: COVID-19

“We continue to recommend masks be worn in classrooms, at least for the time being. We are no longer recommending quarantine for students who are exposed to COVID-19 at school."

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Outdoor masking to be optional at HIDOE schools and offices
By News Release @ 4:29 PM :: 1244 Views

... Outdoor masking at public school campuses and HIDOE facilities will be optional for students, faculty and staff, effective on Wednesday, Mar. 9 ....

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022
What does it take to convince four chronic homeless to get off streets?
By News Release @ 3:43 PM :: 2159 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness

“These are the kinds of successes the Administration and Legislature envisioned when it passed $32 million in ‘Ohana Zone funds to address homelessness statewide.”

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Monday, March 7, 2022
DoD to Permanently Close Red Hill
By News Release @ 5:19 PM :: 1977 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

"...After close consultation with senior civilian and military leaders, I have decided to defuel and permanently close the Red Hill bulk fuel storage facility in Hawaii...."

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Monday, March 7, 2022
Oahu Family Court Vacancy
By News Release @ 11:00 AM :: 2251 Views :: Honolulu County, Family, Judiciary

... The Judicial Selection Commission is accepting applications and nominations ....

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Monday, March 7, 2022
HB1697: DoE to Promote Sex Change for K-12 Students
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 3:41 AM :: 3189 Views :: Education K-12, Family

... to teach our children that gender is "fluid", and that it is normal for kids to change orientation and identities ....

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Sunday, March 6, 2022
UHERO: Economic Recovery Comes with End of COVID Restrictions
By UHERO @ 4:24 PM :: 2011 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

... Optimistic UHERO forecast with Omicron end, expected return of international visitors ....

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Sunday, March 6, 2022
Launching an Annual Attack on the Wealthy
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2297 Views :: Taxes

... “wealth tax” in Senate Bill 3182 ....

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Saturday, March 5, 2022
No More Russian Oil: Rep Ed Case Seeks Jones Act Waiver
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:41 PM :: 2600 Views :: Energy, Congressional Delegation, Jones Act

... with the outbreak of war between Russia and Ukraine, the 101-year-old federal maritime law is even being recognized as a danger to Hawaii’s energy security ....

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Saturday, March 5, 2022
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted March 5, 2022
By GovTrack .us @ 4:33 PM :: 1581 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... votes cast and bills introduced ....

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Saturday, March 5, 2022
Inflation: 49% of Hawaii Households Have Difficulty with Monthly Bills
By Selected News Articles @ 3:09 AM :: 1777 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Changing economic conditions are making it more difficult for people to afford household expenses ....

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Friday, March 4, 2022
Tourists Evacuated: Drugged-out Homeless Zombies Torch Hotel After DLNR Cuts Security
By News Release @ 8:15 PM :: 3313 Views :: Homelessness, Tourism, Drugs

"...An interim security contract at the property lapsed at the end of December 2021.  DLNR continues to explore cost-effective options for further securing the property...." -- DLNR

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Friday, March 4, 2022
Bill 9: ‘Empty homes’ tax won’t fulfill intention
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:57 PM :: 2026 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

... Bill 9 would impose a 3% property tax surcharge ....

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Friday, March 4, 2022
Supreme Court Finds State Violated Water Leasing Law in East Maui
By News Release @ 7:41 PM :: 2108 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture

... The Court held that, per state statute and BLNR’s trust duties, the BLNR should have determined—but did not—that the leases were “in the best interests of the State” before continuing them in 2014 ....

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Friday, March 4, 2022
It Took Two Arrests to Do It, but Finally State Capitol Will Reopen to Public
By News Release @ 7:28 PM :: 2025 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... one month after the arrest of English and Cullen, all state facilities managed by DAGS will reopen to the general public ....

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Friday, March 4, 2022
Hawaii Needs Jones Act Waiver for Fuel Imports
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:24 AM :: 2260 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

... Par Hawaii's suspension of oil imports from Russia underscores the need for Hawaii to achieve greater oil-purchasing flexibility ....

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Thursday, March 3, 2022
Hawaii's Only Refiner Suspends Purchases of Russian Oil
By News Release @ 4:40 PM :: 1639 Views :: Energy

... we are turning to other grades of crude, principally from North and South America, to meet fuel production requirements ....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Gun Bills Set for House Floor Votes
By News Release @ 11:48 PM :: 1955 Views :: Second Amendment

... HB2464 – Removes the duty to retreat when using deadly force to protect yourself from death or serious bodily injury ....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
​Revised minimum wage bill takes legislators off the hot seat
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:26 PM :: 1876 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... HB2510 HD1 proposes increasing Hawaii’s mandatory minimum wage to $18 an hour by 2030, followed by a variable annual increase in the minimum wage thereafter ....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
CARES Money Housed 787 Homeless on Oahu
By News Release @ 11:14 PM :: 2101 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness, COVID-19

... Rapid Rehousing provides short-term rental assistance and supportive services to assist people in obtaining housing quickly ....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
DoH Revises Admin Rules for Marijuana and Hemp
By News Release @ 11:02 PM :: 2402 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business, Drugs

... As of January 31, 2022, a statewide total of 33,951 in-state patients and 2,748 caregivers were registered statewide. The primary reported condition for registered adult patients is 'severe pain'. The primary reported conditions for children under 18 years of age are 'seizures' and 'severe pain' ....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
DHS Touts Effort to Keep Children With Families
By News Release @ 10:58 PM :: 1800 Views :: Family, Law Enforcement

... goal of preventing children from entering foster care by providing family strengthening services to keep families safely together ....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Hawaiian Electric seeking proposals for firm renewable energy on Oahu
By News Release @ 10:55 PM :: 1611 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy

... Firm renewable energy differs from intermittent resources such as solar and wind in that it is available for use at all times ....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Hawai'i Supreme Court Ends Deceptive Legislative Practice
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:33 AM :: 2083 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... The practice of gut-and-replace allowed state lawmakers to pass laws without a full set of public hearings ....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
DBEDT: Tourists Back at Record Levels by 2025
By News Release @ 2:55 AM :: 2602 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... Visitor arrivals are projected to increase to 9.7 million in 2023, 10.0 million in 2024, and 10.4 million in 2025 ....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Ige: Safe Travels to End March 25
By News Release @ 2:46 AM :: 2148 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... Incoming passengers will no longer be required to create a Safe Travels account or provide travelers information and trip details ....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Maui County Plastic Ban Now in Effect
By News Release @ 2:37 AM :: 2043 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Small Business

... The ban affects businesses that package food or beverages to order (take-out, deli counter, and drinks), as well as businesses that sell these items for use ....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Results: Honolulu survey on spending of federal recovery funds
By News Release @ 2:20 AM :: 2871 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

... The online survey asked community members to rank eight priorities for the use of the City’s multi-million dollar share of the Fiscal Recovery Fund ....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Blangiardi Appoints Sheet Metal Union Boss to HART Board
By News Release @ 2:16 AM :: 2768 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Rail

"...Art’s management background at Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation (SMART) Workers Local Union 293 and his experience on the Planning Commission make him the perfect candidate...."

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Hawaii Republicans Kick Off Campaign Season
By News Release @ 2:04 AM :: 1741 Views :: Republican Party

... launch of the election season Stand for Hawai‘i Victory 2022 campaign ....

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Tuesday, March 1, 2022
DoH: Navy Already in Violation of Emergency Order
By News Release @ 5:30 PM :: 1811 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... The Emergency Order issued by DOH on December 6, 2021 specifies that the Navy must hire a qualified independent contractor, to be approved by DOH ....

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Tuesday, March 1, 2022
HGEA Members Finally Returning to Work at DHS Processing Centers
By News Release @ 4:09 AM :: 1719 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... The in-person services are available Monday through Friday (except holidays), 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ....

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Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Applicants Sought for State Ethics Commission
By News Release @ 3:58 AM :: 1259 Views :: Ethics

... The Judicial Council nominates two individuals for each vacancy on the Commission. The nominees’ names are sent to the Governor, who selects one of the nominees for appointment....

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