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Civil Liberties

Let’s cut jaywalkers some slack

Have you ever stood on a street corner waiting impatiently for the crossing signal — with not a car in sight? Here in Hawaii, crossing the street before the signal gives you the go-ahead could easily earn you a jaywalking ticket. But, I’m happy to report, that might soon change.

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Removing portion of SB2630 SD1 would strengthen ‘right to walk’

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Transportation on March 11, 2024. ______________ March 11, 2024, 10:30 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 312 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Transportation       Rep. Chris Todd, Chair  

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Pass HB2581 HD1 to protect freedom of speech during emergencies

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committees on Public Safety and Intergovernmental and Military Affairs on March 11, 2024. ______________ March 11, 2024, 3 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 225 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Public Safety and

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HB2581 would help protect free speech during crises

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committees on Commerce and Consumer Protection and Judiciary on Feb. 23, 2024. _________ Feb. 22, 2024, 2 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 325 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs

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SB2219 SD1: Testimony limits could curtail free speech

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Judiciary on Feb. 16, 2024. ___________ Feb. 16, 2024 9:30 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 016 & Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Judiciary       Sen. Karl Rhoads, Chair  

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SB3274: Limit property forfeiture to people convicted of crime

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Judiciary on Feb. 6, 2024. _____________ Feb. 6,  2024, 9:45 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 016 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Judiciary       Sen. Karl Rhoads, Chair  

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SB2219: Don’t define civically active citizens as lobbyists

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Judiciary on Jan. 26, 2024. _____________ Jan. 26, 2024 9:30 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 016 & Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Judiciary       Sen. Karl Rhoads, Chair       Sen. Mike Gabbard, Vice-Chair

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Reopening of Lahaina prompts discussion on role of government

Maintaining restrictions on tourism to West Maui might have triggered legal challenges because of everyone’s right to travel Hawaii’s love-hate relationship with tourism was brought into sharp focus following the devastating Aug. 8 Lahaina wildfires that killed almost a hundred residents and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses. Maui Mayor

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Mixed feelings characterize reaction to housing proclamation

Gov. Josh Green took decisive action last month to ease the state’s housing crisis, and Malia Hill, policy director of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, told host Rick Hamada on KHVH News Radio 830 last Thursday that she “understand[s] why the governor did what he did.” Hill said the the

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Proposed ‘green fee’ could end aloha as we know it

Certain images come to mind when you hear the words “Hawaii vacation” — think sunsets, luaus and mai tais by the beach. What doesn’t come to mind is sitting on a beach and being approached by a government agent who wants to see your papers. But that could become part

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Let’s cut jaywalkers some slack

Have you ever stood on a street corner waiting impatiently for the crossing signal — with not a car in sight? Here in Hawaii, crossing the street before the signal gives you the go-ahead could easily earn you a jaywalking ticket. But, I’m happy to report, that might soon change.

Read More →

Removing portion of SB2630 SD1 would strengthen ‘right to walk’

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Transportation on March 11, 2024. ______________ March 11, 2024, 10:30 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 312 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Transportation       Rep. Chris Todd, Chair  

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Pass HB2581 HD1 to protect freedom of speech during emergencies

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committees on Public Safety and Intergovernmental and Military Affairs on March 11, 2024. ______________ March 11, 2024, 3 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 225 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Public Safety and

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HB2581 would help protect free speech during crises

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committees on Commerce and Consumer Protection and Judiciary on Feb. 23, 2024. _________ Feb. 22, 2024, 2 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 325 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs

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SB2219 SD1: Testimony limits could curtail free speech

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Judiciary on Feb. 16, 2024. ___________ Feb. 16, 2024 9:30 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 016 & Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Judiciary       Sen. Karl Rhoads, Chair  

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SB3274: Limit property forfeiture to people convicted of crime

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Judiciary on Feb. 6, 2024. _____________ Feb. 6,  2024, 9:45 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 016 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Judiciary       Sen. Karl Rhoads, Chair  

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SB2219: Don’t define civically active citizens as lobbyists

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Judiciary on Jan. 26, 2024. _____________ Jan. 26, 2024 9:30 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 016 & Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Judiciary       Sen. Karl Rhoads, Chair       Sen. Mike Gabbard, Vice-Chair

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Reopening of Lahaina prompts discussion on role of government

Maintaining restrictions on tourism to West Maui might have triggered legal challenges because of everyone’s right to travel Hawaii’s love-hate relationship with tourism was brought into sharp focus following the devastating Aug. 8 Lahaina wildfires that killed almost a hundred residents and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses. Maui Mayor

Read More →

Mixed feelings characterize reaction to housing proclamation

Gov. Josh Green took decisive action last month to ease the state’s housing crisis, and Malia Hill, policy director of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, told host Rick Hamada on KHVH News Radio 830 last Thursday that she “understand[s] why the governor did what he did.” Hill said the the

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Proposed ‘green fee’ could end aloha as we know it

Certain images come to mind when you hear the words “Hawaii vacation” — think sunsets, luaus and mai tais by the beach. What doesn’t come to mind is sitting on a beach and being approached by a government agent who wants to see your papers. But that could become part

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