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Saturday, March 19, 2016
Triple Referral Lateral
By Rep Beth Fukumoto @ 5:00 PM :: 4589 Views :: Hawaii State Government

All bills referred to three or more committees had to be passed through their first committee....

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Thursday, March 17, 2016
Duke Aiona Legislative Update March 17, 2016
By Video @ 7:02 PM :: 8528 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Life

From Hawaii Family Advocates ....

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016
State Hands IT Systems to New UH Tech Center
By News Release @ 2:38 PM :: 5042 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education

Lassner noted that “The state has had IT facilities challenges for years...."

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Monday, March 14, 2016
Complete List: Bills that Passed First Crossover
By Rep Beth Fukumoto @ 11:14 PM :: 4317 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The House and Senate debated nearly 200 third reading bills each on Tuesday....

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Sunday, March 13, 2016
AP: Only Senator Sam Slom Responded Fully to Our Open Records Request
By Selected News Articles @ 4:38 PM :: 4414 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

Of the lawmakers, only the state’s lone Republican Senator, Sam Slom, divulged the requested information....

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Sunday, March 13, 2016
SB 2840–Kill Zombie Pensions
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:00 PM :: 3908 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...the state of Hawaii paid $538,519.25 of public pension money to people who were deceased....

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Sunday, March 13, 2016
Auditor: Incompetence Prevents Management of State IT Resources
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:37 AM :: 4082 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The Office of Enterprise Technology Services agreed....

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Friday, March 11, 2016
AM940 -- Grassroot Institute on the Air
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:57 PM :: 3390 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Tune in every Monday morning at 7:00 am to KKNE AM 940 on Oahu, broadcasting island-wide! ....

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Thursday, March 10, 2016
Hawaii’s Deficit Disaster: Learning from Illinois
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:37 PM :: 4038 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics
“Spending by the state is growing faster than the revenues are growing”
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Wednesday, March 9, 2016
2016 Hawaii Legislative Watch: People vs. Government
By Rachelle Chang @ 10:17 AM :: 4194 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...bills in the 2016 Legislative Session that test the balance between government’s power and the power of the people....

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Fitch: Hawaii debt levels are high
By News Release @ 12:09 AM :: 4556 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

Hawaii's debt levels are high for a U.S. state government, and Fitch expects them to remain so....

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Sunday, March 6, 2016
First Decking: Complete List of Crossover Bills
By Rep Beth Fukumoto @ 7:57 PM :: 4683 Views :: Hawaii State Government

All bills under consideration for crossing over to the other chamber must be in their final form 48 hours prior to Third Reading....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016
HB1473: Help Legislators Buy Influence, Spread Campaign Cash
By Selected News Articles @ 2:22 AM :: 5907 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

This culture of “vote buying” creates a false majority....

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Sunday, February 28, 2016
Last Week of Hearings—What’s on the Move?
By News Release @ 1:21 PM :: 4326 Views :: Hawaii State Government

We are down to the final week for hearings before bills cross into the other chamber....

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Saturday, February 20, 2016
List of Bills Still Alive After First Lateral
By News Release @ 1:43 AM :: 4179 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...all bills must have moved to a final committee in the originating Chamber by the end of the day Feb 18 in order to continue through the Legislative process....

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016
ADP Anyone? State RFP Seeks Proposals to Modernize Payroll, Attendance Systems
By News Release @ 3:27 AM :: 4364 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...serving more than 75,000 full- and part-time employees statewide....

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Ige Appoints Kai Kahele to Senate
By News Release @ 5:03 PM :: 6820 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

Kahele will take office once the state senate qualifies him and administers the oath of office....

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Saturday, February 13, 2016
February 11: First Triple Referral Deadline of the Legislative Session
By News Release @ 1:37 AM :: 3524 Views :: Hawaii State Government

All bills with three or more committee referrals must have passed through their first committee....

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Friday, February 12, 2016
Shenanigans continue—House Waives 48 hour notice for Hearings
By Selected News Articles @ 3:33 AM :: 5181 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

The purpose of the 48-hour notice rule is so that the public may participate meaningfully in the legislative process....

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Saturday, February 6, 2016
Legislative Update: Death, Taxes, and Extracurricular Activities
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:43 PM :: 3537 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Grassroot Institute Legislative Update....

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Friday, February 5, 2016
Hawaii Superferry Eyed for Maine-Nova Scotia Route
By Selected News Articles @ 8:51 PM :: 7131 Views :: Environment, Hawaii History, Hawaii State Government

...the USNS Puerto Rico is the ship being considered by Bay Ferries....

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Friday, February 5, 2016
Ige Admin Denies Proposing Superferry Revival
By News Release @ 1:37 PM :: 4334 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... just when you thought you were seeing a glimmer of leadership ....

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Friday, February 5, 2016
Business in Hawaii: Regulatory barriers and crippling tax rates
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:20 PM :: 5821 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...the state’s economy will continue to suffer until the regulatory barriers and crippling tax rates for businesses are removed....

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Thursday, February 4, 2016
Hawaii ERS vs Petrobras: $98 Billion Bribery Case
By News Release @ 1:51 PM :: 5453 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

A lawsuit against Petrobras for hiding a bribery scheme for years while selling $98 billion in securities....

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Thursday, February 4, 2016
Hawaii Open Budget Celebrates One Year Online
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 2:28 AM :: 3866 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...updated with Governor David Ige's 2017 Executive Supplemental Budget released in December 2015, and the Council on Revenues forecast from January 2016....

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Looking back at the 2015 Hawaii Legislature
By Rachelle Chang @ 4:38 PM :: 3975 Views :: Hawaii State Government

There were 243 Acts signed into law in 2015; four bills became law without the Governor’s signature. Here are the highlights....

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016
HSPAN: Hawaii Capitol On Demand Video
By News Release @ 3:38 PM :: 4173 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...statewide on-demand channel....

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Saturday, January 30, 2016
Apply Now for Vacant Seat: State Commission on Water Resource Management
By News Release @ 8:03 PM :: 4772 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government

Applications for a vacant position on the State Commission on Water Resource Management are now being accepted for a new term that will begin July 1....

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Friday, January 29, 2016
VIDEO: How a Bill Becomes a Law
By Video @ 9:45 PM :: 4016 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...featuring members of the "We the People" civic club from Kahuku High School....

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Thursday, January 28, 2016
State Bank Bill Deferred
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:00 AM :: 5831 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Grassroot Institute of Hawaii offered comments before the CPC Committee deferred HB326....

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Grassroot Budget Report Highlights Missing Element In Governor's Address
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:18 PM :: 3588 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...a planned drop in expenditures that has not been accounted for by any significant cuts....

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Sen Gil Kahele Dead at 73
By News Release @ 8:00 PM :: 8379 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

... Ige will select senator’s successor from Democratic Party nominees ....

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Government IT Transformation: 2016 Legislative Priorities
By News Release @ 10:15 AM :: 3682 Views :: Hawaii State Government

ETS is looking to formalize its reorganization of ICSD and OIMT into ETS, as well as expand its team with the addition of up to 31 new positions....

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Video: Budget or Bust
By Video @ 1:52 AM :: 3905 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...unfunded liabilities, over-estimated revenues & skyrocketing expenses....

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Republicans on State of the State: 5 Things We Can Agree On, 5 Areas for Improvement
By News Release @ 1:04 AM :: 4955 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

House and Senate Republicans respond to the State of the State Address .... 

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Monday, January 25, 2016
Full Text: State of the State Address
By News Release @ 7:53 PM :: 3666 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Sugar is gone, as are many other aspects of the Hawaii we once knew. In their place, however, there is an exciting new world....

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Saturday, January 23, 2016
HB326: Bad Mortgages to be Foundation for Calvin Say State Bank
By Andrew Walden @ 7:36 PM :: 6593 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government

Four years after the ‘Bank of Abercrombie’ bill was laughed out of the legislature, the push for a state-owned bank is being revived....

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Thursday, January 21, 2016
Speaker Souki Proposes Fee Simple Conversion of Commercial Land Leases
By Selected News Articles @ 2:52 AM :: 7732 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use, Small Business

Hawaii has done it before with lands supporting single-family and multi-family homes. Those historic actions gave the ordinary working person new opportunities for true homeownership....

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Full Text: Speaker Souki Opening Day Remarks
By News Release @ 8:58 PM :: 5101 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

It’s time for us to think about the converting commercial leasehold lands in Hawaii to fee simple....

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016
“Lofty and dogmatic statements that have no basis in substantive policy”–Hawaii Legislature Reconvenes
By News Release @ 4:44 PM :: 4682 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...politicians focus on flashy topics and grandiose declarations....

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Unfulfilled promises, wasted tax money, poorly written contracts and unenforceable legislation—Hawaii Legislature Reconvenes
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 4:40 PM :: 4914 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party
What should the goal be for this election year 2016 Legislative Session?
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Saturday, January 16, 2016
Hawaii Senate Democrats: 2016 Legislative Priorities
By News Release @ 3:13 PM :: 5821 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

The Hawaii Senate 2016 Legislative Session will get underway on Wednesday, Jan. 20....

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Saturday, January 16, 2016
10 Ideas that Could Improve Life in Hawaii
By News Release @ 2:56 AM :: 5233 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...the House Republican Caucus priorities for the upcoming session....

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Reviewing Hawaii’s FY 2017 supplemental budget
By Rachelle Chang @ 6:16 PM :: 4802 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...a net increase of $297.6 million in FY 2017, an increase of 4.4%....

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Friday, January 8, 2016
Glass Houses of Marijuana: Pots, Kettles and the Color Black
By Selected News Articles @ 1:23 PM :: 5427 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Drugs

...Department of Health (DoH) officials faced scathing rebukes for doing their job well....

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Friday, January 8, 2016
Ige Budget: $104M omissions, mystery spending cuts
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 1:04 PM :: 5189 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

$104 million in omissions combine with mystery spending cuts to create unrealistic budget scenario....

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016
VIDEO: “Lessons Learned” from Turtle Bay
By Video @ 9:33 PM :: 6442 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government

"Public-Private partnerships are really hard."

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
State of the State Budget 2016
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:25 PM :: 4296 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Tuesday, January 19th, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Report: Return County TAT Deal to Status Quo Ante
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 5:16 PM :: 7960 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism

Report of the 13-person Working Group....

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Thursday, December 24, 2015
Airport Division Turned Blind Eye to Sex Harassment
By Selected News Articles @ 2:35 PM :: 6039 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

A federal jury on Tuesday found the state of Hawaii and the Hawaii Department of Transportation's airports division violated a former employee's civil rights....

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