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Legislature & Politics

High voter turnout showed frustration with state’s political class

Hawaii’s most recent primary election achieved several milestones, and University of Hawaii political scientist Colin Moore discussed their significance on Keli’i Akina’s “Hawaii Together” program on the ThinkTech Hawaii network, on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. Moore, an associate professor and the director of the UH Public Policy Center, said perhaps

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Help from the Legislature will have to wait

Hawaii’s 2020 legislative session adjourned yesterday (Friday, July 10), and thank goodness for that. It was a session interrupted in March by the COVID-19 crisis, then reconvened for four hectic weeks in June and July. When the session began in January, we had been prepared to fend off new taxes

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Note to Hawaii Legislature: Focus!

With Hawaii facing its greatest financial crisis in generations, the state Legislature is finally taking action on balloon launches, a “climate innovation technology park” and red light cameras. Yes, our lawmakers are back in session after three months off due to the coronavirus crisis, and rather than focus on urgent

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Diverse groups with common cause urge policymakers to let sun shine in

Signers call for restoration of open government in Hawaii NEWS RELEASE from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii HONOLULU, March 31, 2020 >> Common Cause Hawaii sent a letter today to Gov. David Ige and the state’s four county mayors, signed by more than 40 groups and individuals, imploring them to restore open government in Hawaii. Hawaii’s

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Now is when our legislators reveal themselves

The 2020 legislative session is only a few weeks old, and that puts us at a strange place in the life cycle of the Legislature.  As the session goes on and deadlines for hearings and votes come closer, the Legislature tends to focus on the big issues for the year.

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Ige can count us to help Hawaii ‘move forward’

I heard something strangely familiar in Gov. David Ige’s inauguration address last week. As the governor began speaking of the challenges facing our state, he issued a plea that we all work together to make things better. He even unveiled the theme of his speech: ʻOni like kākou, or “Moving forward

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Was 2018 Hawaii Legislature a success?

This year’s legislative session has ended and our legislators are proud. At this week’s “Legislative Wrap-Up,” House Speaker Scott Saiki said, “This has been the most productive session that I’ve been involved with.” Lest there be any doubt about what he meant, Saiki added that after passing last year’s rail

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How much privacy for public employees?

Transparency is a difficult area for politicians and policymakers. Typically they profess to understand the value of open government, but it’s astounding how quickly they can carve out exceptions to withhold information from the public. Consider HB1768, a bill currently working its way through the state Legislature. If enacted, it

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Hawaii Legislature looks to regulate video games

In Hawaii, there are currently three bills in consideration that seek to limit video game sales or regulate the gaming industry. One, SB3024, seeks to prohibit anyone under age 21 from buying a game that lets you buy loot boxes or purchase something that could be redeemed for a loot

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High voter turnout showed frustration with state’s political class

Hawaii’s most recent primary election achieved several milestones, and University of Hawaii political scientist Colin Moore discussed their significance on Keli’i Akina’s “Hawaii Together” program on the ThinkTech Hawaii network, on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. Moore, an associate professor and the director of the UH Public Policy Center, said perhaps

Read More →

Help from the Legislature will have to wait

Hawaii’s 2020 legislative session adjourned yesterday (Friday, July 10), and thank goodness for that. It was a session interrupted in March by the COVID-19 crisis, then reconvened for four hectic weeks in June and July. When the session began in January, we had been prepared to fend off new taxes

Read More →

Note to Hawaii Legislature: Focus!

With Hawaii facing its greatest financial crisis in generations, the state Legislature is finally taking action on balloon launches, a “climate innovation technology park” and red light cameras. Yes, our lawmakers are back in session after three months off due to the coronavirus crisis, and rather than focus on urgent

Read More →

Diverse groups with common cause urge policymakers to let sun shine in

Signers call for restoration of open government in Hawaii NEWS RELEASE from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii HONOLULU, March 31, 2020 >> Common Cause Hawaii sent a letter today to Gov. David Ige and the state’s four county mayors, signed by more than 40 groups and individuals, imploring them to restore open government in Hawaii. Hawaii’s

Read More →

Now is when our legislators reveal themselves

The 2020 legislative session is only a few weeks old, and that puts us at a strange place in the life cycle of the Legislature.  As the session goes on and deadlines for hearings and votes come closer, the Legislature tends to focus on the big issues for the year.

Read More →

Ige can count us to help Hawaii ‘move forward’

I heard something strangely familiar in Gov. David Ige’s inauguration address last week. As the governor began speaking of the challenges facing our state, he issued a plea that we all work together to make things better. He even unveiled the theme of his speech: ʻOni like kākou, or “Moving forward

Read More →

Was 2018 Hawaii Legislature a success?

This year’s legislative session has ended and our legislators are proud. At this week’s “Legislative Wrap-Up,” House Speaker Scott Saiki said, “This has been the most productive session that I’ve been involved with.” Lest there be any doubt about what he meant, Saiki added that after passing last year’s rail

Read More →

How much privacy for public employees?

Transparency is a difficult area for politicians and policymakers. Typically they profess to understand the value of open government, but it’s astounding how quickly they can carve out exceptions to withhold information from the public. Consider HB1768, a bill currently working its way through the state Legislature. If enacted, it

Read More →

Hawaii Legislature looks to regulate video games

In Hawaii, there are currently three bills in consideration that seek to limit video game sales or regulate the gaming industry. One, SB3024, seeks to prohibit anyone under age 21 from buying a game that lets you buy loot boxes or purchase something that could be redeemed for a loot

Read More →