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Civil Liberties

Akina and Perry lament ‘the tracks of our tiers’

“Just when you think we’d reached the prize, somebody moves our cheese. But what that really shows is a lack of transparency about the tier system.” That was Keli’i Akina’s response to a question from popular Hawaii radio host Michael W. Perry about the surprising revelation that Honolulu County now

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Don’t criminalize COVID-19 rule breakers

When you turn ordinary behavior into criminal behavior overnight, you need to be prepared for some unjust results. That’s exactly what happened after the governor and Hawaii’s four mayors imposed their COVID-19 emergency orders: People who had never been arrested or convicted of crimes in their entire lives suddenly were

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How to fix Hawaii’s COVID-19 citation nightmare

The state judiciary system is swamped, and thousands of residents stand to gain criminal records for violating COVID-19 restrictions Tens of thousands of Hawaii residents have received citations over the past 14 months for violating the governor’s ever-changing and often-confusing COVID-19 emergency orders, which means we soon could be having tens of thousands of

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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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Akina and Perry lament ‘the tracks of our tiers’

“Just when you think we’d reached the prize, somebody moves our cheese. But what that really shows is a lack of transparency about the tier system.” That was Keli’i Akina’s response to a question from popular Hawaii radio host Michael W. Perry about the surprising revelation that Honolulu County now

Read More →

Don’t criminalize COVID-19 rule breakers

When you turn ordinary behavior into criminal behavior overnight, you need to be prepared for some unjust results. That’s exactly what happened after the governor and Hawaii’s four mayors imposed their COVID-19 emergency orders: People who had never been arrested or convicted of crimes in their entire lives suddenly were

Read More →

How to fix Hawaii’s COVID-19 citation nightmare

The state judiciary system is swamped, and thousands of residents stand to gain criminal records for violating COVID-19 restrictions Tens of thousands of Hawaii residents have received citations over the past 14 months for violating the governor’s ever-changing and often-confusing COVID-19 emergency orders, which means we soon could be having tens of thousands of

Read More →

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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