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Wednesday, April 4, 2018
UPDATE: Republican Bills in the Legislature
By Rep Andria Tupola @ 1:44 PM :: 4636 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...Second Crossover is one week away....

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Monday, April 2, 2018
$30K Per Resident: Hawaii Worst OPEB Liability in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 1:16 PM :: 5130 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...Other Post-Employment Benefit Liabilities, 2017 surveys the more than 100 state-administered post-employment benefit plans, such as health insurance, Medicare advantage, life insurance, and other non-pension benefits....

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Friday, March 30, 2018
Kailua, Kaneohe Blasted by Three-Hour Siren Test
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 5:36 PM :: 6013 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military

...HI-EMA and News Media Fail to Inform Public of Oahu Emergency Siren Test....

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Thursday, March 29, 2018
Senate WAM Passes Budget With Amendments
By News Release @ 9:23 PM :: 5596 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Homelessness

...highlights include funding for...Ohana Zones....

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Thursday, March 29, 2018
Senate Confirms Russell Suzuki Attorney General
By News Release @ 9:19 PM :: 5222 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

Suzuki has been serving as the acting chief legal and law enforcement officer for the state since February 2 when Attorney General Doug Chin resigned to become Lieutenant Governor....

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Friday, March 23, 2018
Iranian Government Hacked Hawaii State Computer System
By News Release @ 10:08 AM :: 7110 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, Military

...hackers got access to Hawaii state computers using a technique called "password spraying"....

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Can Ethics Commission Lift Veil of Secrecy from Hawaii Sex Harassment Complaints?
By Andrew Walden @ 9:50 PM :: 4830 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...sex harassment complaints have been secretly adjudicated against three unnamed State Representatives and one State Senator....

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Sex harassment: Souki Resigns--Three More Legislators Remain Hidden
By News Release @ 3:35 PM :: 6296 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

...Sex Harassment: Hawaii Legislators Admit Covering up Four Cases....

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Thursday, March 15, 2018
Ige Appoints Russell Suzuki Attorney General
By News Release @ 3:43 AM :: 4563 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

...Suzuki has been acting as the chief legal and law enforcement officer for the state since February 2 when then Attorney General Doug Chin resigned to become Lieutenant Governor....

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Thursday, March 15, 2018
State House to honor Hawaii wounded warrior Brian Kolfage
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 12:59 AM :: 5555 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military

...March 16th, 12:00 noon  --  Hawaii State Capitol, House Chamber....

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018
HB1900: Highlights of House Budget
By News Release @ 11:14 PM :: 4327 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...an economic plan based on general excise tax collections....

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Thursday, March 8, 2018
Three Republican Bills Cross Over in Legislature
By Rep Andria Tupola @ 3:30 PM :: 5077 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...bills introduced by members of the House Republican Caucus that crossed over to the Senate....

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Third Reading: House Sends 128 More Bills to Senate
By News Release @ 3:00 AM :: 4103 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... these 128 are in addition to bills passed earlier ....

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Senate Sends 420 Bills to House
By News Release @ 2:44 AM :: 3375 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...The following are a few of the measures to pass on third reading....

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Monday, March 5, 2018
Effort to Digitize Records Stopped Cold by Outdated State Computers--But Still Cuts Wait Time for Workers’ Comp Hearings in Half
By Selected News Articles @ 5:58 PM :: 5637 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

...Thousands of files have been digitized at the state’s disability compensation program. However, they need hardware with capacity for more storage to continue progress....

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Sunday, March 4, 2018
Auditor: Legislators 100% 'Fail to Meet Criteria' for New Special Funds
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:43 PM :: 6995 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

...We reviewed 85 house and senate bills proposing 64 special and revolving funds during the 2018 legislative session of which none met criteria....

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Sunday, March 4, 2018
By the Way, Could We Have $50 Million More?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 5736 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism

...In the middle of this process, sometimes a letter from the Governor arrives saying, “We need to make some adjustments...."

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Saturday, March 3, 2018
Third Reading: House Sends 131 Bills to Senate (and counting)
By News Release @ 5:56 PM :: 4520 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...The bills include housing, homelessness, education, health, the environment, public safety, governmental affairs, the environment, and other important issues....

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Friday, March 2, 2018
If Game Makers Don’t Address Loot Crates, Lawmakers Will
By Selected News Articles @ 2:42 PM :: 5222 Views :: Gambling, Hawaii State Government

...The ESRB’s decision to label video games with paid add-ons essentially does nothing to address the complaint that loot boxes are akin to gambling....

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Thursday, March 1, 2018
Auditor: Hawaii PUC Another Tech Disaster in the Making
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:17 AM :: 5824 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

...the PUC’s $2.8 million Document Management System (DMS) is almost universally considered by management and staff to be difficult to use, unreliable, slow, and obsolete, with staff developing elaborate workarounds to accommodate for the system’s shortcomings. Yet the PUC has no firm plans to fix or replace this problematic system....

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Suicide: Committee members identified loopholes in the bill
By Brett Kulbis @ 11:57 AM :: 6271 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Life

...Committee members asked some very telling questions that identified loopholes that still remain in the bill.  The Attorney General's representative couldn't definitively state that all their concerns from the 2017 version were resolved in this current version that is supposed to have more robust protections.... 

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Friday, February 23, 2018
Republican Bills on the Move in the Legislature
By Rep Andria Tupola @ 4:44 PM :: 4901 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...All House bills are in their final committees, they have until March 8th to pass out of their last committee and pass third reading to cross over to the Senate....

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Friday, February 23, 2018
State should speed up responses to information requests
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:30 PM :: 4656 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...Hawaii takes the longest in the nation to make decisions about transparency disputes....

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Friday, February 23, 2018
Hawaii Bill Banning Plastic Straws Based on Research by a 9-Year-Old
By Selected News Articles @ 3:04 AM :: 8437 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...the oft-cited, debate-driving statistic that Americans use 500 million plastic straws a day is the product of a 9-year-old's guesstimations....

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Sunday, February 18, 2018
First Lateral: 2,834 Bills Still Alive in Legislature
By Andrew Walden @ 2:13 PM :: 3764 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...complete list of bills remaining alive after First Lateral deadline....

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Sunday, February 18, 2018
Trump Tax In Hawaii?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 5492 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...how to adapt the new federal tax law changes to Hawaii....

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Saturday, February 17, 2018
HDoT Tech Disaster Leads to $11M Settlement
By News Release @ 1:43 AM :: 3669 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) and the Office of the Attorney General are pleased....

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Thursday, February 15, 2018
Hawaii Legislators Grasping at Straws
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:36 PM :: 5660 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Taxes

...A bill proposed in the Hawaii Legislature would ban the use of plastic straws. But the problem runs much deeper than the straw bill....

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Thursday, February 15, 2018
ERS Fires Investment Officer After Losses on VIX Puts
By Selected News Articles @ 2:52 PM :: 7207 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Chattergy told WSJ Hawaii will continue to sell these put contracts, convinced the income will offset market turbulence....

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
$1.1B for New Airport Concourse
By News Release @ 12:56 AM :: 5071 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tourism

...Construction is scheduled to begin in five years....

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Seven Republican Bills on the Move in the Legislature
By Rep Andria Tupola @ 12:43 AM :: 4887 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...Here are some bills introduced by members of our Republican Caucus that are moving through the legislature....

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Monday, February 12, 2018
Report: Delays at OIP Are Staggering
By News Release @ 3:52 PM :: 5968 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

...in recent years, OIP’s average time for review quadrupled, it is deciding fewer matters per year on average, and its backlog is trending upward despite a downward trend in new filings....

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Friday, February 9, 2018
‘Net neutrality’ could keep Hawaii in slow lane
By Joe Kent @ 2:19 AM :: 6595 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... Ige this week signed an executive order that most likely will discourage competition and innovation among internet service providers ....

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Thursday, February 8, 2018
Hawaii Highways Rank 47th in Cost-Effectiveness
By News Release @ 7:49 PM :: 4304 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...Ranking each state's highway system in 11 categories, including highway spending, pavement and bridge conditions, traffic congestion, and fatality rates....

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Thursday, February 8, 2018
Ige Appoints Leonard Hoshijo to Head DLIR
By News Release @ 1:30 AM :: 4352 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Hoshijo served as education and political director with the Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters. He also worked for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union for 26 years....

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Ige Asks Legislators to 'Governmentize' Services
By Joe Kent @ 4:11 AM :: 5834 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

...HB 2368 and SB 2795 would begin replacing private contractors with civil service employees....

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Monday, February 5, 2018
Pandering to Dem Base: Ige Signs Net Neutrality Executive Order
By News Release @ 4:36 PM :: 4966 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

...Local ISPs: Net Neutrality is a Fake Issue....

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Sunday, February 4, 2018
How Much Does a Crosswalk Cost?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 3647 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Senate Bill 2004, tells the story of just one signalized crosswalk yet to be built....

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Saturday, February 3, 2018
SB2136: Ige Administration Opposes OHA's $119M Cash Grab
By Andrew Walden @ 2:11 AM :: 9087 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Higher Education, OHA

...Ige Admin testimony shows that OHA rent-seeking is driving up hospital bills, public housing rents, and University of Hawaii tuition for everybody—including native Hawaiians.... 

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Friday, February 2, 2018
Chin to Take Lt Gov Sinecure While Running for Congress
By Selected News Articles @ 10:45 AM :: 10849 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

...First Deputy Attorney General Russell Suzuki has been appointed to serve as acting attorney general....

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
FCC: Hawaii false missile alert sent by worker believing attack was real
By News Release @ 11:28 AM :: 6454 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Military

...Federal Communications Commission conducts open meeting to hear investigator's report on false missile alert....

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Monday, January 29, 2018
Olelo TV Moving to Siberia?
By News Release @ 8:52 PM :: 5552 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

...Spectrum is channel slamming ‘Ōlelo – displacing channels 49, 53, 54, and 55, including Video On Demand channels 50 and 52....

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Monday, January 29, 2018
Rep Cynthia Thielen for House Speaker
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 7:29 PM :: 6053 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...To stop the factional fighting and stalemate-causing dysfunction in the Hawaii House of Representatives, Representative Cynthia Thielen has placed her name for consideration as Speaker....

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Saturday, January 27, 2018
What is the state of our state? 
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:26 PM :: 4270 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...the 2017 Economic Freedom of North America report, ranks Hawaii a low 46th in the nation in terms of economic freedom, due to its high taxation, high regulation and high cost of living....

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Saturday, January 27, 2018
TOTE Places Hawaii Plans on Hold, Cancels Ship Purchases
By News Release @ 1:08 AM :: 5195 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Jones Act

...Updates required at Hawai’i Terminals would prevent TOTE from entering Hawai’i trade in 2020/2021....

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Thursday, January 25, 2018
HB2253: Driverless Cars for Hawaii
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:38 AM :: 5013 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...jump-start the testing and operation of "driverless" cars in Hawaii....

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018
10 Bills: House Republicans Introduce Caucus Package
By Rep Andria Tupola @ 3:27 PM :: 5210 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...Our bill package strives to make our government and our state more accountable, affordable, and accessible....

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Ige Couldn't Remember Twitter Password as False Missile Alert Wreaked Havoc on State
By Selected News Articles @ 4:51 PM :: 5803 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military, Politicians

...Ige said Monday that one of the reasons it took so long to inform the public that a ballistic missile alert in the state was in fact a false alarm was because he couldn’t remember his Twitter password....

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Hanabusa Response to State of the State address—Ige has no specifics and neither do I
By News Release @ 7:44 AM :: 4290 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

"...Hanabusa looks forward to sharing a clear vision for our state’s future in the months ahead....” (or whenever)

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Monday, January 22, 2018
Republicans: 5 Issues Ige Left out of State of the State
By News Release @ 9:35 PM :: 4851 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...The Minority Caucus identifies 5 issues that Ige fails to discuss....

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