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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Airports Division Audit: Mismanagement, Recurring Violations, Delays, Cost Overruns
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 9:29 PM :: 4337 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 :: 3793 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 :: 5392 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 :: 4381 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

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

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
HCR165: State Child Welfare Services “Unauditable”
By News Release @ 5:03 PM :: 5930 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 8, 2013
Campaign Season: Abercrombie Hands Out Taxpayer Cash to Taxpayers
By News Release @ 2:31 AM :: 3373 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 7, 2013
Sen Sam Slom: List of 27 ‘No’ Votes
By News Release @ 10:49 PM :: 5668 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 7, 2013
45 Students Complete State's First 'Transformation Internship Program'
By News Release @ 6:07 AM :: 5014 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 3, 2013
House GOP: 'Legislature closes fiscally conservative session'
By News Release @ 7:29 AM :: 4922 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 2, 2013
Rep. Johanson, Minority Leader – Closing Remarks – May 2013
By Video @ 11:19 PM :: 4683 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

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

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Thursday, May 2, 2013
Senate Votes to Pass 174 Bills
By News Release @ 4:27 AM :: 3504 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 :: 3895 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 :: 4165 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 :: 7079 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 :: 4086 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 :: 4031 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 :: 4856 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 :: 7048 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 :: 3375 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 :: 4721 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 :: 4221 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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Thursday, April 11, 2013
Budget: House, Senate Conferees Named
By News Release @ 1:23 PM :: 4577 Views :: Hawaii State Government
...the first conference committee meeting on the state budget -- Thursday, April 11, 9:30 a.m. in room 309...
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Gut and Replace: Committee Chairs 2 - Committee Members 0
By Selected News Articles @ 1:01 PM :: 5805 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government
...without posting any proposed drafts for public notice, the Committees amended the bill to add over 40 pages on geothermal development....
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Crossover List: House Passes More Than 150 Bills, Senate 136
By Selected News Articles @ 5:00 AM :: 4769 Views :: Hawaii State Government
These will now proceed to Conference Committee ....
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Friday, April 5, 2013
School Land Pillaged By Legislature – SB 237 and HB 865
By Selected News Articles @ 1:30 PM :: 7393 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Hawaii State Government
two bills currently at the capitol would allow the Lt. Governor and the DOE to lease public school land to private developers....
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Thursday, April 4, 2013
Bed Making Contest: Clayton Hee vs Jessica Wooley
By Video @ 1:41 PM :: 6731 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Must see video of Clayton Hee and Jessica Wooley making beds ....

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Full Text: Hawaii Senate Republican Budget Proposal
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 1:54 PM :: 6971 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party
...Hawaii Senate Minority Budget for 2014-2015 reflects a decrease of $1.6 billion in total funding in comparison with the proposed Executive Budget...
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Tuesday, April 2, 2013
House GOP: Notable Bills to be Heard this Week
By News Release @ 1:54 PM :: 5364 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party
...the House votes on all remaining Senate bills next Tuesday, April 9....
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Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Full Text: Hawaii Salary Commission Pushes Legislators’ Pay Hike
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 1:53 PM :: 4419 Views :: Hawaii State Government
...there are no hearings and no votes....
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Friday, March 29, 2013
Hawaii Medal of Honor: Honoring the Fallen
By Selected News Articles @ 9:51 AM :: 7130 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military

...service members gathered with state officials and civilians to honor their fallen comrades during a Hawaii Medal of Honor ceremony, March 27....

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Friday, March 29, 2013
Governor Announces Nominations to Land Board, Water Commission
By News Release @ 2:06 AM :: 5324 Views :: Hawaii State Government
James A. Gomes to the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) and Kamanamaikalani Beamer, Ph.D. and Milton D. Pavao to the Commission of Water Resource Management (CWRM)....
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Friday, March 29, 2013
State Inspects 90% Fewer Scales, 78% Fewer Gas Pumps Since 2010
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 12:35 AM :: 5873 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

Currently, six of the branch’s 11 positions remain vacant, and we found that the branch’s two remaining inspectors can only perform eight of the branch’s 15 key regulatory functions....

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Thursday, March 28, 2013
Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means Passes State Budget Bill
By News Release @ 1:46 PM :: 4803 Views :: Hawaii State Government
The Senate’s version of the bill is approximately $141 M less in general funds than Governor Abercrombie’s budget proposal....
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
USPIRG Flunks Hawaii on Tax Credit Secrecy
By Selected News Articles @ 1:57 PM :: 9146 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Tax Credits
Not a single Failing State provides information on the public benefits of economic development subsidies broken  down by recipient or makes its tax expenditure report available....
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Scientology: Hawaii House Resolution Honors Group Tied to 'Torture', 'Concentration Camps'
By Andrew Walden @ 1:33 PM :: 10470 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Religion, Drugs
March 13 was the birthday of Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard. One day later, Rep Rida Cabanilla presented Scientology with a gift in the form of Hawaii House Resolution 196....
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
19 families to receive Hawaii Medal of Honor Today
By News Release @ 1:01 PM :: 5898 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military
...awarded on behalf of the people of the State of Hawaii to an individual who was killed in action while serving our country as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom....
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Budget: Is Neil Abercrombie Four Times the Man Jack Burns Was?
By Selected News Articles @ 8:46 PM :: 6260 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics
...our operating budget has increased more than 4 times since 1967 – even taking inflation into account....
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Sunday, March 24, 2013
Company With Ties to Abercrombie, DelaCruz Seeks $200M from Legislature
By Andrew Walden @ 8:26 PM :: 11228 Views :: Energy, Ethics, Hawaii State Government
According to his Senate website, Sen DelaCruz is “Director of Communications at WCIT.”
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Legislative Maneuver Sends PLDC to Secret Conference Committee
By Selected News Articles @ 5:14 PM :: 6483 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use

All we have to do is pass the bill unamended, and we can move the PLDC repeal along to the final step. And then Senator Solomon announces she want to amend the bill....

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Kelii Akina Named President of Grassroot Institute
By News Release @ 1:34 PM :: 6434 Views :: Akaka Bill, Hawaii State Government

“Pa`ina in the Country” celebration of Dr. Akina’s appointment as Grassroot Institute’s new president on April 6, 2013 from 12 PM to 2 PM at 45-114 Waikapoki Rd -- Kane`ohe Congregational Church

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Tsutsui to Meet Arne Duncan in DC
By News Release @ 7:36 PM :: 4323 Views :: Hawaii State Government

“The meeting is an opportunity to work with international leaders to open doors of trade and commerce while working with federal leaders on issues that may impact the way Hawaii serves its people and families,” said Lt. Governor Tsutsui....

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Notable bills to be heard this week
By News Release @ 1:38 AM :: 5752 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

From Hawaii House Republican Legislative Update ....

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Sunday, March 17, 2013
PPPA: PLDC Bait and Switch? Next Hearing March 19
By Andrew Walden @ 9:34 PM :: 6370 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits

... as quickly as demands for repeal of Act 55 were heard, legislators introduced a bill establishing bills to establish a Public Private Partnership Authority ....

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Saturday, March 16, 2013
List of Tax Measures Moving in Legislature Totals Seven Pages
By Andrew Walden @ 12:06 AM :: 6969 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

Some raise, some redistribute. Others give credit where credit may not be due....

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Thursday, March 14, 2013
State information officer honored with ‘Federal 100 Award’
By News Release @ 6:15 PM :: 3089 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Hawaii is the only state government in the nation to be recognized as part of the 2013 Federal 100 Awards by Federal Computer Week magazine....

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Thursday, March 14, 2013
SB286: Solomon Decision Allows Legislature to Define 'Permanent Resident'
By News Release @ 2:53 PM :: 9862 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military, Office of Elections

UPDATE: SB286 Approved with Amendments Thursday March 14, House Committee on Judiciary...

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Thursday, March 14, 2013
House GOP: "Many Bad Bills Did Not Pass"
By News Release @ 2:05 PM :: 4738 Views :: Hawaii State Government

This is a promising time in your Hawaii House of Representatives....

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Thursday, March 14, 2013
House approves $23.25B budget
By News Release @ 1:56 PM :: 5001 Views :: Hawaii State Government

HB200 HD1 appropriates funds for operating and capital improvement costs of the Executive Branch for the next biennium fiscal years FY2013-2014 and FY2014-2015

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Governor Encouraged by Council on Revenues Forecast
By News Release @ 11:07 PM :: 4320 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government

an increase to its previous projection for 2013 General Fund tax revenues from 5.1 to 6.7 percent growth....

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Republican Caucus Commends Fiscally Conservative Hawaii House Budget
By News Release @ 7:43 PM :: 6499 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party, Taxes

"This is a clear sign that the House is moving in the right direction," said Minority Leader Aaron Ling Johanson, Vice Chair of the House Committee on Finance.

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