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Accountability

HB719: Cap on fees would promote transparency

The following testimony was presented Feb. 8, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the House Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs. ___________ Feb. 8, 2023 2 p.m. VIA VIDEOCONFERENCE Conference Room 325 To: House Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs       Rep. David A. Tarnas, Chair    

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Don’t let emergency orders become the norm

Gov. Josh Green promised strong action to address housing during his first State of the State address this week, and clearly he is trying to deliver. At one point during his speech, he even signed an emergency proclamation to create housing for the homeless. Few would argue with the good

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Green’s State of the State address deserves kudos but with caveats

Photo by Charley Myers This news release was issued Jan. 23, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. ___ Most compelling was the governor’s proposal to increase tax deductions and support open records, but all the talk about spending was worrisome HONOLULU, Jan. 23, 2023 >> Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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Let the sun shine in

With a new governor and a new Legislature now in place, Hawaii’s leaders have the opportunity to make a bold statement for government transparency and accountability. The only question is whether they have the political will to do so. Given the various scandals that have rocked Hawaii in recent years

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Gov. Green responds positively to groups seeking transparency

The following was issued as a news release by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Jan. 12, 2023. _____________ In a Jan. 6 letter, over two dozen community and media organizations suggested changes that could be implemented by executive order HONOLULU, Jan. 12, 2023 >> Hawaii Gov. Josh Green has responded favorably

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It’s our kuleana to ensure campaign promises are kept

Most of the results are in from the election, and there are rumors of change in the air. Hawaii’s newly elected or reelected lawmakers have not yet taken the reins of government, but we still remember their campaign promises and are optimistic about seeing them addressed. Some people like to

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The ‘mailbox conspiracy’ and what it says about corruption in Hawaii

Hawaii doesn’t have any more or less corruption than any other part of the country, but it does lack whistleblowers and introspection, which makes combating corruption so difficult, according to retired federal public defender Alexander Silvert. Silvert represented a man falsely accused of felony theft of a mailbox by former

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Hill adds oral comments about potential loophole to state open-records law

The following are comments presented Oct. 4, 2022, by Malia Hill, policy director of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, to the SR192 Working Group, which is considering a proposal that would incorporate a “deliberative process privilege” into Hawaii’s open-records law. A transcript is included. To see the complete written testimony,

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HB719: Cap on fees would promote transparency

The following testimony was presented Feb. 8, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the House Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs. ___________ Feb. 8, 2023 2 p.m. VIA VIDEOCONFERENCE Conference Room 325 To: House Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs       Rep. David A. Tarnas, Chair    

Read More →

Don’t let emergency orders become the norm

Gov. Josh Green promised strong action to address housing during his first State of the State address this week, and clearly he is trying to deliver. At one point during his speech, he even signed an emergency proclamation to create housing for the homeless. Few would argue with the good

Read More →

Green’s State of the State address deserves kudos but with caveats

Photo by Charley Myers This news release was issued Jan. 23, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. ___ Most compelling was the governor’s proposal to increase tax deductions and support open records, but all the talk about spending was worrisome HONOLULU, Jan. 23, 2023 >> Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

Read More →

Let the sun shine in

With a new governor and a new Legislature now in place, Hawaii’s leaders have the opportunity to make a bold statement for government transparency and accountability. The only question is whether they have the political will to do so. Given the various scandals that have rocked Hawaii in recent years

Read More →

Gov. Green responds positively to groups seeking transparency

The following was issued as a news release by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Jan. 12, 2023. _____________ In a Jan. 6 letter, over two dozen community and media organizations suggested changes that could be implemented by executive order HONOLULU, Jan. 12, 2023 >> Hawaii Gov. Josh Green has responded favorably

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It’s our kuleana to ensure campaign promises are kept

Most of the results are in from the election, and there are rumors of change in the air. Hawaii’s newly elected or reelected lawmakers have not yet taken the reins of government, but we still remember their campaign promises and are optimistic about seeing them addressed. Some people like to

Read More →

The ‘mailbox conspiracy’ and what it says about corruption in Hawaii

Hawaii doesn’t have any more or less corruption than any other part of the country, but it does lack whistleblowers and introspection, which makes combating corruption so difficult, according to retired federal public defender Alexander Silvert. Silvert represented a man falsely accused of felony theft of a mailbox by former

Read More →

Hill adds oral comments about potential loophole to state open-records law

The following are comments presented Oct. 4, 2022, by Malia Hill, policy director of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, to the SR192 Working Group, which is considering a proposal that would incorporate a “deliberative process privilege” into Hawaii’s open-records law. A transcript is included. To see the complete written testimony,

Read More →