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Gut and Replace

Hawaii Supreme Court to decide ‘gut and replace’

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii applauds the effort to stop this undemocratic practice HONOLULU, Dec. 19, 2019 >> Keli’i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, today applauded the news that the Hawaii Supreme Court will weigh in on the controversial legislative practice known as “gut and replace.” On

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‘Gut and replace’ has got to go

Shakespeare once wrote that, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” But in the Hawaii State Legislature, the name of a bill is everything.  In fact, the name game is at the heart of the Legislature’s practice of “gut and replace,” under which an approved bill’s title

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Our amicus brief to end ‘gut and replace’

“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” That famous quote is often attributed to U.S. President Thomas Jefferson, but it was used by other famous figures as well, including Frederick Douglass, James Buchanan and William Henry Harrison, according to Monticello.org, a website devoted to all things Thomas Jefferson. The website said ultimately the phrase can be traced back

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‘Gut and replace’ should be gutted

It’s that time of year again when the infamous Rusty Scalpel Award is given to some deserving bill from the most recent state legislative session, and this year the winner is House Bill 1586, blandly titled “Relating to the Structure of Government.” The bill was introduced and passed by the House

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Let’s end ‘gut and replace’ at Legislature

This is the time of year when the Hawaii Legislature switches into high gear. As the last day of the session draws near, its focus switches to getting bills through the conference committees and to the governor’s desk. This is also the time of year when we realize just how

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Democratic process missing in action at Hawaii Legislature

The rampant use of “gut and replace’”and “Frankenstein” bills shows disrespect for the public HONOLULU, April 24, 2019 >> Hawaii lawmakers have shown little regard during their 2019 legislative session for transparency and the democratic process, completely changing 14 bills through the procedure known as “gut and replace,” and creating

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Time to end ‘gut and replace’

What’s in a title? If you’re a member of the Hawaii Legislature, opportunity. When you read a bill, you’ll notice that the title is often frustratingly vague. The language of the bill may be long and technical, but the title might be just “Relating to Taxation/Education/Licensing.” Yes, the bill’s author

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Institute releases new report on ‘Gut and replace’

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is proud to announce the release of the sixth research paper in our “In Pursuit” series of policy analysis. The topic of this month’s review is the controversial legislative tactic known as “gut and replace”, with particular attention paid to how it is used here

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Hawaii Supreme Court to decide ‘gut and replace’

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii applauds the effort to stop this undemocratic practice HONOLULU, Dec. 19, 2019 >> Keli’i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, today applauded the news that the Hawaii Supreme Court will weigh in on the controversial legislative practice known as “gut and replace.” On

Read More →

‘Gut and replace’ has got to go

Shakespeare once wrote that, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” But in the Hawaii State Legislature, the name of a bill is everything.  In fact, the name game is at the heart of the Legislature’s practice of “gut and replace,” under which an approved bill’s title

Read More →

Our amicus brief to end ‘gut and replace’

“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” That famous quote is often attributed to U.S. President Thomas Jefferson, but it was used by other famous figures as well, including Frederick Douglass, James Buchanan and William Henry Harrison, according to Monticello.org, a website devoted to all things Thomas Jefferson. The website said ultimately the phrase can be traced back

Read More →

‘Gut and replace’ should be gutted

It’s that time of year again when the infamous Rusty Scalpel Award is given to some deserving bill from the most recent state legislative session, and this year the winner is House Bill 1586, blandly titled “Relating to the Structure of Government.” The bill was introduced and passed by the House

Read More →

Let’s end ‘gut and replace’ at Legislature

This is the time of year when the Hawaii Legislature switches into high gear. As the last day of the session draws near, its focus switches to getting bills through the conference committees and to the governor’s desk. This is also the time of year when we realize just how

Read More →

Democratic process missing in action at Hawaii Legislature

The rampant use of “gut and replace’”and “Frankenstein” bills shows disrespect for the public HONOLULU, April 24, 2019 >> Hawaii lawmakers have shown little regard during their 2019 legislative session for transparency and the democratic process, completely changing 14 bills through the procedure known as “gut and replace,” and creating

Read More →

Time to end ‘gut and replace’

What’s in a title? If you’re a member of the Hawaii Legislature, opportunity. When you read a bill, you’ll notice that the title is often frustratingly vague. The language of the bill may be long and technical, but the title might be just “Relating to Taxation/Education/Licensing.” Yes, the bill’s author

Read More →

Institute releases new report on ‘Gut and replace’

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is proud to announce the release of the sixth research paper in our “In Pursuit” series of policy analysis. The topic of this month’s review is the controversial legislative tactic known as “gut and replace”, with particular attention paid to how it is used here

Read More →