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Sunday, May 8, 2016
Complete List: All Bills that Passed the Legislature in 2016
By Rep Beth Fukumoto @ 10:40 PM :: 6146 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Nearly 300 bills passed the legislature this session....

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Friday, May 6, 2016
Moody’s: Hawaii #3 in State Debt
By News Release @ 5:56 PM :: 5545 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...Thirty-five states experienced a decrease in absolute debt levels....

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Thursday, May 5, 2016
Ige: Hawaii has a Grade B Legislature
By News Release @ 12:22 AM :: 4854 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Disagreements are inevitable ....

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Taxpayers Bear the Burden of the State's Promises
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:55 PM :: 3614 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...new accounting rules require the state to report pension debt in its balance sheet....

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016
CQ Roll Call: Top 5 Issues in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 3:52 PM :: 7122 Views :: Akaka Bill, Hawaii State Government, Homelessness

Native Hawaiians continue to disagree on the future of the sovereignty movement, or even whether there should be one....

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Friday, April 29, 2016
Status of Bills in Conference
By Rep Beth Fukumoto @ 5:02 PM :: 4619 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Tuesday (5/3) will be the second to last floor session where many of the bills will be heard for final passage. The 2016 Legislative session officially ends Thursday (5/5)....

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Friday, April 29, 2016
How a Bill Becomes a Law Part 3
By Rep Beth Fukumoto @ 4:55 PM :: 5107 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...three different scenarios a bill can go through after passing Second Crossover....

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Hawaii Taxpayers Still Not Getting Truthful Financial Reports
By News Release @ 5:01 AM :: 4436 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

A new accounting standard is requiring Hawaii to come clean about its pension debt, but the state is still hiding billions of pension and health care debt from its financial reports....

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Sunday, April 17, 2016
House Passes More than 100 Senate Bills on Final Crossover
By News Release @ 7:32 PM :: 3354 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Bills include heat abatement for schools, crime victims’ rights, body cameras for police, senior care facility inspections, affordable housing, and the Judiciary budget....

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Sunday, April 17, 2016
Senate Passes more than 250 Bills on Second Crossover
By News Release @ 7:29 PM :: 3378 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Measures include teacher travel exception, water rights, assistance for displaced Maui sugar workers....

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Saturday, April 16, 2016
Second Crossover—Bills Head for Conference Committee
By Rep Beth Fukumoto @ 10:36 PM :: 4359 Views :: Hawaii State Government

On April 14th, the Legislature hit the second crossover deadline of the 2016 legislative session....

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Thursday, April 14, 2016
States Employ Temporary Workers, But Often Know Little About Them
By Selected News Articles @ 6:32 PM :: 4727 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

The investigative division at the Hawaii Attorney General’s Office relies heavily on retired law enforcement officers hired as temps....

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Auditor: Kahoolawe Trust Fund Gone After 20 years Without a Plan
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:29 PM :: 6051 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, OHA

...the Kaho‘olawe Rehabilitation Trust Fund will be depleted by FY2018....

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Slom hits Bad Bills—Reckless, Wasteful Legislation
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 3:15 PM :: 4320 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...measures to raise taxes, mandate insurance coverage, increase funding for collective bargaining, establish a special fund, infringe on the constitutional right to bear arms, or further enlarge state government....

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Sunday, April 10, 2016
Legislative Deadlines: Second Decking, Third Reading
By Rep Beth Fukumoto @ 8:56 PM :: 4271 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...April 8 makes the Second Decking deadline for the 2016 Legislative Session....

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Friday, April 8, 2016
Ige Announces Nominees for Board of Education, Land Use Commission
By News Release @ 2:01 PM :: 7203 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Senate....

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Thursday, April 7, 2016
GAO: Hawaii’s COFA migrant cost math inaccurate
By News Release @ 5:39 PM :: 6094 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Homelessness

...the Department of the Interior provided approximately $409 million to affected jurisdictions .... In contrast, affected jurisdictions estimated costs of $2.1 billion....

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Monday, April 4, 2016
Auditor: Every Special Fund Proposed in 2016 Legislature out of Compliance
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 7:16 PM :: 4202 Views :: Hawaii State Government

None of the 47 new special and revolving funds proposed during the 2016 legislative session met amended statutory criteria....

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Sunday, April 3, 2016
State Saves $32M by refinancing general obligation bonds
By News Release @ 3:02 AM :: 3799 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...State’s improved financial outlook leads to lower interest rates on refunding general obligation bonds....

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Saturday, April 2, 2016
Republican Appointments to Hawaii State Boards and Commissions
By Rep Beth Fukumoto @ 4:16 PM :: 6919 Views :: Hawaii County , Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...Currently, there is an appointment open with the Elections Commission for Hawaii County....

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Saturday, March 19, 2016
Triple Referral Lateral
By Rep Beth Fukumoto @ 5:00 PM :: 4641 Views :: Hawaii State Government

All bills referred to three or more committees had to be passed through their first committee....

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Thursday, March 17, 2016
Duke Aiona Legislative Update March 17, 2016
By Video @ 7:02 PM :: 8603 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Life

From Hawaii Family Advocates ....

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016
State Hands IT Systems to New UH Tech Center
By News Release @ 2:38 PM :: 5103 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education

Lassner noted that “The state has had IT facilities challenges for years...."

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Monday, March 14, 2016
Complete List: Bills that Passed First Crossover
By Rep Beth Fukumoto @ 11:14 PM :: 4353 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The House and Senate debated nearly 200 third reading bills each on Tuesday....

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Sunday, March 13, 2016
AP: Only Senator Sam Slom Responded Fully to Our Open Records Request
By Selected News Articles @ 4:38 PM :: 4457 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

Of the lawmakers, only the state’s lone Republican Senator, Sam Slom, divulged the requested information....

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Sunday, March 13, 2016
SB 2840–Kill Zombie Pensions
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:00 PM :: 3938 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...the state of Hawaii paid $538,519.25 of public pension money to people who were deceased....

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Sunday, March 13, 2016
Auditor: Incompetence Prevents Management of State IT Resources
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:37 AM :: 4121 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The Office of Enterprise Technology Services agreed....

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Friday, March 11, 2016
AM940 -- Grassroot Institute on the Air
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:57 PM :: 3418 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Tune in every Monday morning at 7:00 am to KKNE AM 940 on Oahu, broadcasting island-wide! ....

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Thursday, March 10, 2016
Hawaii’s Deficit Disaster: Learning from Illinois
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:37 PM :: 4101 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics
“Spending by the state is growing faster than the revenues are growing”
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Wednesday, March 9, 2016
2016 Hawaii Legislative Watch: People vs. Government
By Rachelle Chang @ 10:17 AM :: 4240 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...bills in the 2016 Legislative Session that test the balance between government’s power and the power of the people....

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Fitch: Hawaii debt levels are high
By News Release @ 12:09 AM :: 4595 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

Hawaii's debt levels are high for a U.S. state government, and Fitch expects them to remain so....

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Sunday, March 6, 2016
First Decking: Complete List of Crossover Bills
By Rep Beth Fukumoto @ 7:57 PM :: 4734 Views :: Hawaii State Government

All bills under consideration for crossing over to the other chamber must be in their final form 48 hours prior to Third Reading....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016
HB1473: Help Legislators Buy Influence, Spread Campaign Cash
By Selected News Articles @ 2:22 AM :: 5952 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

This culture of “vote buying” creates a false majority....

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Sunday, February 28, 2016
Last Week of Hearings—What’s on the Move?
By News Release @ 1:21 PM :: 4372 Views :: Hawaii State Government

We are down to the final week for hearings before bills cross into the other chamber....

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Saturday, February 20, 2016
List of Bills Still Alive After First Lateral
By News Release @ 1:43 AM :: 4219 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...all bills must have moved to a final committee in the originating Chamber by the end of the day Feb 18 in order to continue through the Legislative process....

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016
ADP Anyone? State RFP Seeks Proposals to Modernize Payroll, Attendance Systems
By News Release @ 3:27 AM :: 4408 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...serving more than 75,000 full- and part-time employees statewide....

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Ige Appoints Kai Kahele to Senate
By News Release @ 5:03 PM :: 6887 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

Kahele will take office once the state senate qualifies him and administers the oath of office....

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Saturday, February 13, 2016
February 11: First Triple Referral Deadline of the Legislative Session
By News Release @ 1:37 AM :: 3564 Views :: Hawaii State Government

All bills with three or more committee referrals must have passed through their first committee....

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Friday, February 12, 2016
Shenanigans continue—House Waives 48 hour notice for Hearings
By Selected News Articles @ 3:33 AM :: 5229 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

The purpose of the 48-hour notice rule is so that the public may participate meaningfully in the legislative process....

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Saturday, February 6, 2016
Legislative Update: Death, Taxes, and Extracurricular Activities
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:43 PM :: 3573 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Grassroot Institute Legislative Update....

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Friday, February 5, 2016
Hawaii Superferry Eyed for Maine-Nova Scotia Route
By Selected News Articles @ 8:51 PM :: 7191 Views :: Environment, Hawaii History, Hawaii State Government

...the USNS Puerto Rico is the ship being considered by Bay Ferries....

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Friday, February 5, 2016
Ige Admin Denies Proposing Superferry Revival
By News Release @ 1:37 PM :: 4398 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... just when you thought you were seeing a glimmer of leadership ....

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Friday, February 5, 2016
Business in Hawaii: Regulatory barriers and crippling tax rates
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:20 PM :: 5889 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...the state’s economy will continue to suffer until the regulatory barriers and crippling tax rates for businesses are removed....

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Thursday, February 4, 2016
Hawaii ERS vs Petrobras: $98 Billion Bribery Case
By News Release @ 1:51 PM :: 5528 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

A lawsuit against Petrobras for hiding a bribery scheme for years while selling $98 billion in securities....

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Thursday, February 4, 2016
Hawaii Open Budget Celebrates One Year Online
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 2:28 AM :: 3915 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...updated with Governor David Ige's 2017 Executive Supplemental Budget released in December 2015, and the Council on Revenues forecast from January 2016....

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Looking back at the 2015 Hawaii Legislature
By Rachelle Chang @ 4:38 PM :: 4010 Views :: Hawaii State Government

There were 243 Acts signed into law in 2015; four bills became law without the Governor’s signature. Here are the highlights....

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016
HSPAN: Hawaii Capitol On Demand Video
By News Release @ 3:38 PM :: 4215 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...statewide on-demand channel....

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Saturday, January 30, 2016
Apply Now for Vacant Seat: State Commission on Water Resource Management
By News Release @ 8:03 PM :: 4815 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government

Applications for a vacant position on the State Commission on Water Resource Management are now being accepted for a new term that will begin July 1....

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Friday, January 29, 2016
VIDEO: How a Bill Becomes a Law
By Video @ 9:45 PM :: 4056 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...featuring members of the "We the People" civic club from Kahuku High School....

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Thursday, January 28, 2016
State Bank Bill Deferred
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:00 AM :: 5876 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Grassroot Institute of Hawaii offered comments before the CPC Committee deferred HB326....

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