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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Legislative Maneuver Sends PLDC to Secret Conference Committee
By Selected News Articles @ 5:14 PM :: 2821 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use

All we have to do is pass the bill unamended, and we can move the PLDC repeal along to the final step. And then Senator Solomon announces she want to amend the bill....

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Kelii Akina Named President of Grassroot Institute
By News Release @ 1:34 PM :: 2813 Views :: Akaka Bill, Hawaii State Government

“Pa`ina in the Country” celebration of Dr. Akina’s appointment as Grassroot Institute’s new president on April 6, 2013 from 12 PM to 2 PM at 45-114 Waikapoki Rd -- Kane`ohe Congregational Church

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Tsutsui to Meet Arne Duncan in DC
By News Release @ 7:36 PM :: 1861 Views :: Hawaii State Government

“The meeting is an opportunity to work with international leaders to open doors of trade and commerce while working with federal leaders on issues that may impact the way Hawaii serves its people and families,” said Lt. Governor Tsutsui....

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Notable bills to be heard this week
By News Release @ 1:38 AM :: 2340 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

From Hawaii House Republican Legislative Update ....

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Sunday, March 17, 2013
PPPA: PLDC Bait and Switch? Next Hearing March 19
By Andrew Walden @ 9:34 PM :: 2706 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits

... as quickly as demands for repeal of Act 55 were heard, legislators introduced a bill establishing bills to establish a Public Private Partnership Authority ....

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Saturday, March 16, 2013
List of Tax Measures Moving in Legislature Totals Seven Pages
By Andrew Walden @ 12:06 AM :: 2862 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

Some raise, some redistribute. Others give credit where credit may not be due....

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Thursday, March 14, 2013
State information officer honored with ‘Federal 100 Award’
By News Release @ 6:15 PM :: 1325 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Hawaii is the only state government in the nation to be recognized as part of the 2013 Federal 100 Awards by Federal Computer Week magazine....

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Thursday, March 14, 2013
SB286: Solomon Decision Allows Legislature to Define 'Permanent Resident'
By News Release @ 2:53 PM :: 4595 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military, Office of Elections

UPDATE: SB286 Approved with Amendments Thursday March 14, House Committee on Judiciary...

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Thursday, March 14, 2013
House GOP: "Many Bad Bills Did Not Pass"
By News Release @ 2:05 PM :: 2215 Views :: Hawaii State Government

This is a promising time in your Hawaii House of Representatives....

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Thursday, March 14, 2013
House approves $23.25B budget
By News Release @ 1:56 PM :: 2449 Views :: Hawaii State Government

HB200 HD1 appropriates funds for operating and capital improvement costs of the Executive Branch for the next biennium fiscal years FY2013-2014 and FY2014-2015

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Governor Encouraged by Council on Revenues Forecast
By News Release @ 11:07 PM :: 1576 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government

an increase to its previous projection for 2013 General Fund tax revenues from 5.1 to 6.7 percent growth....

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Republican Caucus Commends Fiscally Conservative Hawaii House Budget
By News Release @ 7:43 PM :: 2366 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party, Taxes

"This is a clear sign that the House is moving in the right direction," said Minority Leader Aaron Ling Johanson, Vice Chair of the House Committee on Finance.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Sunlight: Hawaii Scores 'C' for Transparency
By News Release @ 1:22 AM :: 3191 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...six criteria on which each state could be evaluated, based on six of the Ten Principles for Opening Up Government Information....

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Saturday, March 09, 2013
Hawaii Legislative Watch: People vs. Government
By Rachelle Chang @ 3:41 PM :: 3271 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Second Amendment, Small Business

...10 issues, large and small, in which government is intruding more into our lives and our businesses....

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Friday, March 08, 2013
Governor Releases $46.39 Million for Capital Improvement Projects Statewide
By News Release @ 10:07 PM :: 1884 Views :: Hawaii State Government

“Many of these priority projects require matching state funds to access federal dollars, secured before sequestration...."

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Thursday, March 07, 2013
Hawaii State Senate Passes 348 Bills Over to the House
By News Release @ 3:10 AM :: 2118 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Ahead of the First Crossover deadline, the Hawaii State Senate passed 348 bills during Tuesday’s session.  The bills now head over to the House for consideration....

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Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Chicken Manure Penny Stock Looks to Abercrombie for ‘Strategic Relationship’
By Andrew Walden @ 11:28 PM :: 5055 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Agriculture, Hawaii State Government

We have presented our technology to and proposed a strategic relationship with various state agencies in the State of Hawaii, which closely aligns itself with Governor Neil Abercrombie’s “New Day in Hawaii” initiative....

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Wednesday, March 06, 2013
House Moves Hundreds of Bills Over to Senate
By News Release @ 3:37 PM :: 2057 Views :: Hawaii State Government

See the full list of bills crossed over to the Senate ....

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Tuesday, March 05, 2013
State Sells Holdings in Student Loan Auction Rate Securities
By News Release @ 5:47 AM :: 2246 Views :: Hawaii State Government

When the state purchased the Securities, they were rated “AAA,” which is the highest investment rating. While the state held the Securities, the state received all of the principal and interest payments due on the Securities....

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Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Senate Crossover: 200 Bills on the Agenda
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 12:34 AM :: 2024 Views :: Hawaii State Government

More than 200 bills will be up for vote next Tuesday and Thursday as the Hawaii State Legislature heads for the First Crossover deadline on March 7....

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Monday, March 04, 2013
House moves 69 bills over to Senate
By News Release @ 2:36 PM :: 1986 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...measures approved by the House several focused on sustainability, the environment, the economy, healthy living....

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Saturday, March 02, 2013
Governor to Establish Hawaii ‘Sequestration Impact Response Team’
By News Release @ 2:02 AM :: 1746 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...the Governor ordered all state departments to work with their federal counterparts to assess which areas will be impacted and estimate the amount of state funds needed to continue services and programs....

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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Full Text: Rep Hanohano Accused of Workplace Violence after Racist Tirade Aimed at State Workers
By Selected News Articles @ 9:10 PM :: 5121 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

Transcript of letter from State employees attacked by Rep Faye Hanohano....

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Monday, February 25, 2013
CIP: $113M New Spending at Airports, Harbors
By News Release @ 5:16 PM :: 2276 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Abercrombie today announced the release of $113 million for various capital improvement projects (CIP) at airports and harbors ....

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Saturday, February 16, 2013
Transparency: Hawaii State, County Websites Score Mixed Reviews
By Selected News Articles @ 3:28 PM :: 2337 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

Selected details from SunshineReview.org review of State, County, and DoE websites....

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Friday, February 15, 2013
OIP: "Obvious Problems" with UIPA Records
By News Release @ 1:43 PM :: 2192 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...it appears that over 301,000 government record requests were routinely fulfilled by the reporting agencies....

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Thursday, February 14, 2013
Historic Preservation Division Offers Feds a Laundry List of Excuses
By Selected News Articles @ 4:42 PM :: 2879 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government

"After the hiring freeze was lifted staff hired still required Budget and Finance Approval and the Governor’s signature for general funded positions. This slowed the process down significantly. Around November or early December of 2011 the DLNR budget analyst left for vacation and all our paper work at Budget and Finance stopped moving...."

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Audit: DoE Burns $150M/year on Construction and Maintenance, Tosses Records in Trash
By Selected News Articles @ 9:54 PM :: 2314 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

Because project documents were not consistently retained or filed...the current state assessment team was unable to complete planned testing procedures....

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Saturday, February 09, 2013
Bribery, Blackmail: Louie, Coppa Secretly Recorded Offering to Trade Away Investigation, Buy Silence from DHHL Exec
By Selected News Articles @ 5:26 PM :: 5542 Views :: DHHL, Hawaii State Government

"Seeing it first hand myself was stunning. That even at the highest levels of enforcement, the Attorney General himself...."

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Friday, February 08, 2013
Governor Appoints Max Otani Deputy Director of Corrections
By News Release @ 1:17 PM :: 2328 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the appointment of Max Otani as deputy director of corrections with the state Department of Public Safety, effective immediately....

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Friday, February 08, 2013
Keeping involved with Hawaii law-making
By Rachelle Chang @ 12:56 PM :: 2540 Views :: Hawaii State Government

To get ready for the proposed legislation that is coming our way, here are some helpful tips to get involved in the Hawaii legislative process....

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Sunday, February 03, 2013
DoTax Employees Secretly Arrested, Fired
By Andrew Walden @ 12:40 PM :: 5199 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, Tax Credits, Taxes

A number of tax department employees who were investigated in connection with the security breaches have been “arrested and relieved of their duties,” said state Rep. John Mizuno....

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Monday, January 28, 2013
$59.8M Vanishes as State, HECO Reach Agreement
By News Release @ 11:30 PM :: 2575 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

As part of the settlement, HELCO will withdraw its request for a 4.2 percent or $19.8 million rate increase in 2013. HECO and its subsidiaries will also reduce by $40 million the amount being sought for improvements to two major projects....

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Friday, January 25, 2013
NRA: 2013 Legislative Session Begins with a Battle for Our Second Amendment Rights in the Aloha State
By News Release @ 8:33 PM :: 3345 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Second Amendment

The NRA will be actively fighting proposed anti-gun measures while keeping you updated on scheduled hearings and any action taken. While each bill has been assigned to a committee, most have not yet been scheduled for hearings.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013
Sen Sam Slom Releases Agenda for 2013
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 5:43 PM :: 2782 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

“So that there is no mistake, or confusion, and our position is clear and apart from both the Executive and Majority Legislative branches...."

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Johanson: How Will We Pay for All These Initiatives?
By News Release @ 8:50 PM :: 2164 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

We should proceed with cautious optimism and be careful not to overcommit our state’s financial resources during our fragile economic recovery....

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
FULL TEXT: State of the State Speech
By News Release @ 3:52 PM :: 1620 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The virus of absolutism now infecting the Congress of the United States appears to be seeping into Hawaii....

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Summary of Bills Repealing the PLDC
By Selected News Articles @ 3:44 PM :: 2722 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

Repeal Bills:  SB 1; SBs 245, 246; SB 338; SB 425; SB 480; SB 663; SBs 780, 781; SB 866....

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Abercrombie to Sign Executive Order Creating Super-PLDC
By Selected News Articles @ 2:29 PM :: 3428 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Rail

...the state Office of Planning is now drafting a resolution for Abercrombie to sign as an executive policy, recognizing that TOD is a priority of state government....

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Monday, January 21, 2013
The Legislature and the Death of Big Ideas
By Rep Charles Djou @ 6:01 PM :: 3221 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

In both percentage and numerical terms, the Hawaii Legislature has fewer Republicans in its ranks than non-communists in communist China’s National People’s Congress....

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Saturday, January 19, 2013
Abercrombie Administration Cuts General Assistance Payments Again
By News Release @ 12:09 AM :: 2070 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government

Effective Feb. 1, 2013, GA payments will be reduced from $319 to $298 per person per month for an estimated 5,537 Hawaii beneficiaries....

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Friday, January 18, 2013
HB9: Rep. Cynthia Thielen Seeks to Repeal PLDC
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 7:26 PM :: 2802 Views :: Environment, Economy, Hawaii State Government

Rep Thielen introduced House Bill 9 to repeal the controversial Public Lands Development Corporation....

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Friday, January 18, 2013
Public-Private Partnerships Could Keep State Park Gates Open
By NCPA @ 2:16 PM :: 2821 Views :: Environment, National News, Hawaii State Government

Thousands of developed U.S. Forest Service recreation areas have utilized this PPP model successfully for more than 25 years....

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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Abercrombie: "Legislature May Need to Adjust Act 55 to Avoid Repeal"
By News Release @ 10:07 PM :: 2954 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

"If the Legislature cannot achieve this outcome, the possibility of repeal will ensue."

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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Slom: Thank God Senate Will Again Have Daily Prayer
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 4:01 PM :: 2879 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Religion

Thank God, this body will once again have daily prayer, because if ever there was a time elected officials should call on a higher authority for guidance, it is now.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Kim: Opening Day Remarks
By News Release @ 3:52 PM :: 1968 Views :: Hawaii State Government

I hope, first and foremost, that there will be NO new tax burdens thrust upon our citizens … that we will not automatically open the taxpayers’ pocketbooks to every budget request, every new proposal, every capital improvement project....

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
HHSC Exec Discusses Banner Partnership with Hilo MDs
By Selected News Articles @ 9:36 PM :: 5347 Views :: Hawaii County , Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

Approximately four years ago, the Hawaii State Legislature commissioned Stroudwater Associates to evaluate our Hawaii Health System Safety Net Hospitals....

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Rep Thielen Hails House Bipartisan Coalition
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 9:24 PM :: 2669 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

The Senate preceded the House in this action in 1981 ....

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Opening Day Speech by House Minority Leader
By News Release @ 5:31 PM :: 2392 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...reforming the local election process, addressing the PLDC , and encouraging greater public input in the legislative process....

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Speaker Souki Opening Day Remarks
By News Release @ 3:48 PM :: 1970 Views :: Hawaii State Government

"...we must enhance our revenue stream. We must put together a mix of strategies that will generate more state revenues...."

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