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Failure of emergency powers reform is major disappointment

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for April 30, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ If the legislative session that ended yesterday had been a sporting event, it would have

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Testimony on SB294, SD1, relating to property forfeiture

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 12, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs. ______________ To: House Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs Rep. Mark M. Nakashima, Chair Rep. Scot Z. Matayoshi, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of

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Testimony — SB134 SD1, relating to emergency powers, Part 2

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Judiciary on Feb. 24, 2021. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Judiciary Senator Karl Rhoads, Chair Senator Jarrett Keohokalole, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive Vice President RE: SB134

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Webinar: How to prevent abuse of Hawaii’s emergency powers law

The following is a webinar presented Feb. 12, 2021, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on the topic, “How we can prevent abuse of Hawaii’s emergency powers law.” The one-hour program featured: >> Robert Thomas, Grassroot Scholar and constitutional attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation, who has joined us previously to

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Testimony — HB103 HD1, relating to emergency powers

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs on Feb. 11, 2021. ______________ To: House Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs Rep. Mark M. Nakashima, Chair Rep. Scott Z. Matayoshi, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of

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Testimony — HB103, relating to emergency powers

The following is testimony that was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Feb. 2, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii House Committee on Pandemic and Disaster Preparedness. ______________ To: House Committee on Pandemic and Disaster Preparedness Rep. Linda Ichiyama, Chair Rep. Stacelynn K.M. Eli, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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Testimony — SB294, relating to property forfeiture

The following is testimony that was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Feb. 2, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Judiciary. _________________ To: Senate Committee on Judiciary Senator Karl Rhoads, Chair Senator Jarrett Keohokalole, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive Vice President Re:

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Add checks to power of governor during emergencies

Photo by Charley Myers This commentary was first published, with a different headline, on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. ________________ After almost a year spent in a state of emergency, it’s time for the people of Hawaii to get a bigger say in the state’s COVID-19 response. Gov. David Ige has

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WEBINAR: How to prevent abuse of Hawaii’s emergency powers law

Find out how we can prevent the extended abuse of Hawaii’s emergency powers law by joining us for a free webinar, Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, starting at noon. Sponsored by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, the one-hour program will feature: >> Robert Thomas, Grassroot Scholar and constitutional attorney with the

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Perry ponders ‘Lockdown Versus Liberty’ — and hat-tips our cartoonist

Hawaii’s No. 1 morning radio host, Michael W. Perry, interviewed Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, about the institute’s new policy brief, “Lockdowns Versus Liberty.” The brief explains why Hawaii’s Legislature needs to revise the state’s emergency powers law, to prevent the governor’s extended

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Failure of emergency powers reform is major disappointment

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for April 30, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ If the legislative session that ended yesterday had been a sporting event, it would have

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Testimony on SB294, SD1, relating to property forfeiture

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 12, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs. ______________ To: House Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs Rep. Mark M. Nakashima, Chair Rep. Scot Z. Matayoshi, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of

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Testimony — SB134 SD1, relating to emergency powers, Part 2

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Judiciary on Feb. 24, 2021. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Judiciary Senator Karl Rhoads, Chair Senator Jarrett Keohokalole, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive Vice President RE: SB134

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Webinar: How to prevent abuse of Hawaii’s emergency powers law

The following is a webinar presented Feb. 12, 2021, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on the topic, “How we can prevent abuse of Hawaii’s emergency powers law.” The one-hour program featured: >> Robert Thomas, Grassroot Scholar and constitutional attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation, who has joined us previously to

Read More →

Testimony — HB103 HD1, relating to emergency powers

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs on Feb. 11, 2021. ______________ To: House Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs Rep. Mark M. Nakashima, Chair Rep. Scott Z. Matayoshi, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of

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Testimony — HB103, relating to emergency powers

The following is testimony that was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Feb. 2, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii House Committee on Pandemic and Disaster Preparedness. ______________ To: House Committee on Pandemic and Disaster Preparedness Rep. Linda Ichiyama, Chair Rep. Stacelynn K.M. Eli, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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Testimony — SB294, relating to property forfeiture

The following is testimony that was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Feb. 2, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Judiciary. _________________ To: Senate Committee on Judiciary Senator Karl Rhoads, Chair Senator Jarrett Keohokalole, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive Vice President Re:

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Add checks to power of governor during emergencies

Photo by Charley Myers This commentary was first published, with a different headline, on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. ________________ After almost a year spent in a state of emergency, it’s time for the people of Hawaii to get a bigger say in the state’s COVID-19 response. Gov. David Ige has

Read More →

WEBINAR: How to prevent abuse of Hawaii’s emergency powers law

Find out how we can prevent the extended abuse of Hawaii’s emergency powers law by joining us for a free webinar, Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, starting at noon. Sponsored by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, the one-hour program will feature: >> Robert Thomas, Grassroot Scholar and constitutional attorney with the

Read More →

Perry ponders ‘Lockdown Versus Liberty’ — and hat-tips our cartoonist

Hawaii’s No. 1 morning radio host, Michael W. Perry, interviewed Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, about the institute’s new policy brief, “Lockdowns Versus Liberty.” The brief explains why Hawaii’s Legislature needs to revise the state’s emergency powers law, to prevent the governor’s extended

Read More →