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Thursday, July 13, 2023
Hawaii Finally Outlaws Nepotism--except Legislative and Judicial
By News Release @ 4:24 AM :: 2129 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Judiciary

... It applies to almost all state employees (except those working for the legislative or judicial branches) ....

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Thursday, July 13, 2023
Hawaii Ethics: 'Community of Social Workers' Banned -- Chinese Communist Propaganda Allowed
By Rep Gene Ward @ 4:07 AM :: 1904 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

"...Thank you for giving a heads up to legislators about accepting a book from Hawai’i’s social workers because it might be an Ethics Violation...."

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Wednesday, July 12, 2023
Trail of Ethical Gaffes Leads from US Supreme Court to UH Law School
By Court House News @ 3:29 PM :: 1919 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education

... Emails and other records provided by UH Richardson Law School show justices in the program--currently co-sponsored by Case Lombardi--often met with local dignitaries and frequently dined at private clubs or the private residences of prominent UH Law School donors .... 

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Saturday, July 8, 2023
New Sunshine Law Requirements
By News Release @ 1:21 PM :: 1558 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... two 2023 laws, Act 019 and Act 125, added new Sunshine Law requirements effective July 1 and October 1, 2023 ....

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Saturday, July 8, 2023
New council will evaluate effectiveness of Hawaii DOT
By Selected News Articles @ 12:57 PM :: 1577 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Act 242, signed by Gov. Josh Green this week, established the council, which renamed the Highway Safety Council to the Hawaii Highway Safety and Modernization Council ....

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Friday, July 7, 2023
Need $60K to Pay Your Mortgage?
By News Release @ 5:02 AM :: 1823 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

... Since the program’s inception in 2021, service providers from the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement and Hawaiʻi Community Lending have been serving homeowners with the greatest needs ....

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Thursday, June 29, 2023
Report: Honolulu Liquor Commission is Still a Mess
By News Release @ 4:03 PM :: 1544 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

... how many years has this been going on? ....

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Wednesday, June 28, 2023
20 Years of Fraud--With Tokuda out of Legislature, DoH finally begins to check up on Recycling Companies
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:11 AM :: 2724 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Congressional Delegation

... in 2022, with Reynolds Recyling employee Jill Tokuda heading for Congress, the Legislature passed Act 12 which requires DOH to develop a risk-based process to address criminal fraud that the State Auditor has reported for 20 years ....

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Sunday, June 25, 2023
Economic Misfortune Can Fix Our “Shadow Budget”
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:01 AM :: 2066 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Sometimes it takes a bad situation to make another bad situation better.  This might be one of those times ....

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Saturday, June 24, 2023
New Hawaii law makes official misconduct a felony
By Selected News Articles @ 12:57 PM :: 2663 Views :: Ethics

... The punishment for a Class C felony is a minimum of one year and a maximum of five years in prison ....

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Friday, June 23, 2023
Climate Litigation Wave Crashes Into Hawaii’s Supreme Court
By Selected News Articles @ 3:25 PM :: 3356 Views :: Energy, Environment, Ethics, Judiciary

... Such lawsuits abound, with as many as 300 cases underway. Honolulu’s, though, has a twist ....

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Monday, June 19, 2023
Neighborhood Commission Office Holds Revote in Hawaii Kai Subdistrict 11
By News Release @ 11:07 PM :: 2202 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

... a computer glitch prevented Sub District 11 voters from being able to electronically submit their votes ....

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Friday, June 16, 2023
HTA: De Fries Gets Boot
By News Release @ 4:36 AM :: 2181 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

... 'Hawai‘i Tourism Authority President and CEO John De Fries Announces He Will Decline Extension of Employment Contract' LOL! ....

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Tuesday, June 13, 2023
Will Hawaii Family Courts mandate legal representation for abused foster children?
By Andrew Walden @ 10:08 PM :: 2290 Views :: Ethics, Family

... If the Judiciary does not act, the Legislature will ....

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Tuesday, June 13, 2023
Keith Cureton: Kamehameha Schools Director of Ethics Didn't Last Long
By News Release @ 2:19 PM :: 5674 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... how long would an ethical person stay at KSBE? ....

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Monday, June 12, 2023
Falsified Financial Disclosures? Legislators Approve $20K for Sen Fevella’s ‘Reelect-me’ Group
By Andrew Walden @ 9:06 PM :: 3160 Views :: Ethics, Republican Party

... Voting on legislation affecting a for-profit or non-profit organization in which you are a director, even if unpaid, is a violation of HRS § 84-14 and Senate Rules 83 and 85 ....

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Sunday, June 11, 2023
Foley hails inroads on corruption
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:32 PM :: 1812 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... progress was made in the fight to improve transparency and accountability ....

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Sunday, June 11, 2023
Fevella’s Film Feud
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2425 Views :: Ethics, Labor

... Apparently Fevella filed a personnel complaint against the head of the Hawaii Film Office, Donne Dawson, to emphasize this point ....

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Saturday, June 10, 2023
It's up to us to fight corruption
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:00 PM :: 2122 Views :: Ethics

... Legal reforms can go a long way. But when it comes to putting a stop to longstanding corruption in Hawaii, the biggest impact of all will ....

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Saturday, June 10, 2023
Council Raises? Time to work for a living
By Selected News Articles @ 5:19 PM :: 2258 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

... An open letter to the Honolulu City Council.  RE: The pay raise you are about to get ....

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Saturday, June 10, 2023
Oahu Family Court Judge Jessi L. K. Hall seeks another term as Judge
By News Release @ 1:50 AM :: 2158 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

... Judicial Selection Commission to determine whether Judge Hall should be retained in office for an additional term of six years ....

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Friday, June 9, 2023
Civil Beat Publisher Bankrolled Social Media Censorship Effort
By Selected News Articles @ 4:55 AM :: 3471 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, First Amendment, Pierre Omidyar

... Newly disclosed document confirms billionaire Pierre Omidyar financed the public-private partnership to censor election-related Twitter and Facebook posts ....

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Wednesday, June 7, 2023
OIP Issues Three New Formal Opinions
By News Release @ 10:40 PM :: 1968 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Higher Education

... seeking the names of all students and faculty serving on the UH William S. Richardson School of Law Admissions Committee ....

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Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Want More COVID Cash? Apply June 13
By News Release @ 10:05 PM :: 2034 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, COVID-19

... ask for up to three months of additional support ....

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Sunday, June 4, 2023
Hawaii’s Shadow Budget
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2164 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

“...ready, fire, aim....”

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Friday, May 26, 2023
Line Item Veto of Slush Fund ‘the responsible thing to do'
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:10 PM :: 1894 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Hawaii’s taxpayers have paid about $1.5 billion in just the past two years for housing, but “Where’s all the affordable housing?” ....

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Friday, May 26, 2023
DPP Supervisor Gets 60 Months in Prison for Bribery Scheme
By News Release @ 1:38 AM :: 2093 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

... After a lengthy investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) into corruption at the DPP, honest services wire fraud charges were filed against six individuals, including Inouye, arising out of schemes in which employees of the DPP took bribes in exchange for performing official acts at DPP ....

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Tuesday, May 23, 2023
Slush Fund News: HTA Gives $27M Contract to CNHA
By News Release @ 12:07 AM :: 2299 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

... $27M of Green's illegal $200M slush fund has spilled into CNHA's lap ....

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Sunday, May 21, 2023
Another Rainy Day Slush Fund
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1981 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... The HHRF shut down in 2002.  It's fund still has $186.7M today ....

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Thursday, May 18, 2023
Rectenwald Worked With Environmental Group Tied To Oil Plaintiffs’ Lawyers
By Selected News Articles @ 2:32 PM :: 3266 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Judiciary

... on May 9, Recktenwald disclosed that he engages in “educational presentations relating to environmental, energy, and natural resource issues” and has worked with the Environmental Law Institute ....

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Thursday, May 18, 2023
Got Nepotism? Ethics Commission has a Form for That
By News Release @ 4:47 AM :: 1993 Views :: Ethics

... the agency or employee explain and furnish proof of why they need to be exempted from the nepotism law ....

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Tuesday, May 16, 2023
‘Defense wins championships’
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:03 AM :: 2078 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Since bad bills tend to outnumber good ones, that means we played a lot of defense ....

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Tuesday, May 16, 2023
$2M Settlement for Female Inmates
By News Release @ 2:45 AM :: 1889 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

... A $2 million settlement has been reached in a lawsuit brought by six women who were the victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment by former Adult Corrections Officers (ACOs) at the Women’s Community Correctional Center (WCCC) .... 

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Sunday, May 14, 2023
Hawaii State Ethics Commission Legislative Wrap-up
By News Release @ 3:48 AM :: 1848 Views :: Ethics

... Bills of interest introduced in 2023 ....

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Thursday, May 11, 2023
Office of Information Practices 2023 Legislative Wrap-up
By News Release @ 3:56 PM :: 1922 Views :: Ethics

... two Sunshine Law amendments ....

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Saturday, May 6, 2023
Dela Cruz News: Conference Committee Sneaks $200M Slush Fund into Budget
By Andrew Walden @ 7:48 AM :: 2608 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Apparently the Governor is becoming the appropriator--constitutionally a function of the Legislature .... 

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Saturday, May 6, 2023
HTA Funding? $30M Magically Appears After Legislature Zeroes out Budget
By News Release @ 6:20 AM :: 2390 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tourism

“HTA is thankful that the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and the Legislature agreed on a funding approach that will allow HTA to continue...."

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Thursday, May 4, 2023
Former ILWU Officer Sentenced to 24 Months in Prison for Embezzlement
By News Release @ 5:47 AM :: 2708 Views :: Ethics, Labor

... for embezzling $96,000 while he was the Secretary-Treasurer of the Hawaii Longshore Division of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 142 ....

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Thursday, May 4, 2023
Chair of State Council on Developmental Disabilities Indicted for International Financial Fraud
By News Release @ 4:18 AM :: 3026 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... a years-long scheme to steal millions of dollars from American consumers’ bank accounts ....

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Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Why OHA Should Fully Open Its Records to the State Auditor
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:40 AM :: 2378 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... On April 5, 2023, the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court denied Hawaiʻi State Auditor Leslie Kondo full access to minutes of closed executive sessions of the OHA Board of Trustees ....

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Sunday, April 30, 2023
Production Credit Hijinx
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2326 Views :: Ethics, Tax Credits

... After deferring the measure multiple times, WAM amended the bill to add two new provisions:  a section allowing tax credits for building a film studio, and a section making extensive amendments to the administration of the existing production credit.  This was done without the benefit of a public hearing ....

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Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Ethics: Charter School Commission Exec Funneled Money to his Pet Nonprofits
By News Release @ 4:46 AM :: 2981 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

... Thompson admitted he violated the Conflicts of Interests law on fifteen occasions. He further admitted that he violated the Financial Disclosure law by failing to disclose his positions on the boards ....

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Sunday, April 23, 2023
OffenderTrak: PSD Demands $1M to Reveal Inmate Data
By News Release @ 5:52 PM :: 2630 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

... Following the reporter’s appeal to OIP, PSD provided a new estimate of $290 ....

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Friday, April 21, 2023
OHA Check Register 2022--Insiders Rake in $1.2M for Kakaako Makai Lobbying
By Andrew Walden @ 11:29 PM :: 4423 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, OHA

... “Dead Bodies, Convicted Felons and Kakaako Makai: Meet the new Gang at OHA” ....

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Thursday, April 20, 2023
Conference Committee: Fraud, fictitious claims, and campaign funds
By News Release @ 10:25 PM :: 2231 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... House and Senate conferees began negotiations today on judiciary measures relating to fraud, fictitious claims, and campaign funds ....

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Tuesday, April 18, 2023
Honolulu CrimeStoppers is Looking for OHA Embezzler Walter Rodenhurst--We Found Him on the Board of Hawaiian Civic Clubs
By Andrew Walden @ 5:49 PM :: 3727 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... Rodenhurst was just elected as the 2nd Vice President of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs.  He can probably be arrested at the next Board meeting ....

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Sunday, April 16, 2023
Latest Mass Shooting at Cockfight Inevitable Outcome of Inattention by Political Leaders and Law Enforcement
By News Release @ 1:51 PM :: 3170 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Law Enforcement, Drugs

... Hawaii Legislators are hell-bent on taking away the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners--but when a real gun crime occurs, its 'nobody here but us chickens' ....  

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Sunday, April 16, 2023
It Isn’t Over Until It’s Over
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2593 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Tax Credits

... In the meantime, lawmakers have been figuring out how to bypass conventional learning about when a bill is dead. Here is one example ....

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Saturday, April 15, 2023
​Applicants Sought to Fill Vacancies on the Disciplinary Board of the Hawaii Supreme Court
By News Release @ 12:59 AM :: 2388 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

... The Disciplinary Board oversees the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, which investigates allegations of attorney misconduct ....

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Thursday, April 13, 2023
Cockfighting Guam Officer Reinstated With Back Pay
By News Release @ 7:13 PM :: 2292 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

... conveniently, Mr. San Nicolas is a Commodity Inspector with the GDOA, one of a handful of trained and sworn law enforcement officers within that division....

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