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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 :: 7299 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 :: 6907 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 :: 5716 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 :: 4300 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 :: 7648 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 :: 9214 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 :: 7783 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 :: 5693 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 :: 7689 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 :: 6846 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 :: 7945 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 :: 7231 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 :: 5012 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 :: 11339 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 :: 6780 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 :: 6551 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 :: 4607 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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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Waikele Fireworks Bunker Explosion: Investigation Findings to be Released
By News Release @ 7:01 PM :: 9987 Views :: National News, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, OHA

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) announces that its January 17, 2013, public meeting in Washington, DC, will be available via webcast....

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
House Organizes under Speaker Souki, Announces Committee Assignments
By News Release @ 6:44 PM :: 3268 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Here are the leadership assignments....

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Republicans Open House on Opening Day
By David S Chang @ 6:21 PM :: 6693 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

Join me and fellow Republicans tomorrow, Wednesday, January 16th, to kick off the 27th Hawaii State Legislature Session! 

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Abercrombie Appoints Justin Woodson to House Dist 9
By News Release @ 6:14 PM :: 6935 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government

He currently serves as vice present of The Gospel of the Alpha and Omega International and volunteers for the King’s Cathedral Maui Children’s Ministry....

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Sunday, January 13, 2013
Abercrombie 'School Readiness' Plan Based on Proven Failure?
By Andrew Walden @ 9:29 PM :: 8114 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

After 50 years of federal funding, the US Department of Health and Human Services has determined in two separate studies that Head Start is completely ineffectual....

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Friday, January 11, 2013
Senate Dems Unveil 2013 Legislative Priorities
By News Release @ 1:54 PM :: 6095 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

"The Senate Majority will draw upon the recommendations of the Senate Special Committee on Accountability for the improvement of the operational and financial management of the University of Hawai’i"

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Governor Outlines School Readiness Program and Budget Needs
By News Release @ 5:54 PM :: 5734 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

Eventually, the goal is a statewide early childhood education program for more 4-year-olds....

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013
State Kicks Off Foreclosure Fraud Information Campaign
By News Release @ 10:48 PM :: 7690 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Homelessness, Law Enforcement

As part of the campaign, DCCA has launched www.HFIC.Hawaii.gov....

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Monday, January 7, 2013
Governor Appoints Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran to State Senate
By News Release @ 8:44 PM :: 7011 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

Previously appointed to the House in January 2009 to complete the unexpired term of the late Bob Nakasone.... 

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Sunday, January 6, 2013
Hawaii Succession Law Unconstitutional: Senate Could Have Refused to Seat Schatz
By Selected News Articles @ 4:46 PM :: 7772 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Hawaii State Government

...the Seventeenth Amendment prevents the Hawaii legislature from substantively constraining the Governor’s choices in making a temporary appointment....

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Sunday, January 6, 2013
Ills Cannot be Cured With Fees and Taxes
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:02 AM :: 6800 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

As another legislative session is about to be convened, let’s look back at some of their follies over the past few years ....

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Saturday, January 5, 2013
House Finance Committee Announces Budget Briefings
By News Release @ 9:35 PM :: 4549 Views :: Hawaii State Government

January 3 - 15, 2013....

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Friday, January 4, 2013
Souki Names Luke to Finance Committee after Luke Rejects Speakership Offer from Oshiro Faction
By News Release @ 4:31 PM :: 6941 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

"With the support of a majority of the House of Representatives, Speaker-elect Joe Souki has established leading committees ...."

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Friday, January 4, 2013
Back Room Deal? Democrats, Union Boss Refuse to Identify 3 Nominees for Senate Opening
By News Release @ 1:40 PM :: 7987 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

Applicants include Nicanor E. Casumpang, Jr., Loretta Giannotti, Robert George Hill III, Natalie A. Kama, Gilbert Samuel Coloma Keith-Agaran, Clifford R. Libed, and Mary D. Wagner.

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Friday, January 4, 2013
Committee Hearings on Obamacare in Hawaii
By News Release @ 2:05 AM :: 5713 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...update on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and healthcare transformation in Hawaii....

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Friday, January 4, 2013
Cabanilla Housing Committee to Discuss Homeless Tent Cities
By News Release @ 1:57 AM :: 6422 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Homelessness

HIC is to conduct a study on designating safe facilities located at camping areas .... 

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Friday, January 4, 2013
Senate Transportation Committee Sets Briefing
By News Release @ 1:54 AM :: 4360 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The purpose of this briefing is to provide the legislature with an overview of the current projects, the priorities of the divisions; a report on whether the Department of Transportation is using renewable energy and its efficiency; and a departmental 5 year plan....

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Abercrombie Releases $45M CIP, $25M Barbers Point Land Buy
By News Release @ 11:05 PM :: 5290 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...this project will provide land acquisition for the last remaining, undeveloped parcel of land contiguous with existing harbor lands....

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Monday, December 31, 2012
House Finance Committee to Hear from Governor, Lt Governor, DAGS
By News Release @ 8:38 PM :: 5034 Views :: Hawaii State Government

No public testimony will be accepted....

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Monday, December 31, 2012
Senate Ways and Means Announces Budget Briefing Schedule
By News Release @ 8:31 PM :: 4902 Views :: Hawaii State Government

NOTICE OF INFORMATIONAL BRIEFING SCHEDULE January 3-18, 2013

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Friday, December 28, 2012
Senator Donna Mercado Kim Selected as Senate President
By News Release @ 3:32 PM :: 6541 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

Senate Vice President Donna Mercado Kim (Sen. District 14) has been selected as the President of the Senate ....

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Thursday, December 27, 2012
Shan Tsutsui Accepts Lt Governor Position, Not Moving to Oahu
By News Release @ 9:56 PM :: 8945 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

Plans are underway to establish an additional Office of the Lt. Governor on Maui....

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Sunday, December 23, 2012
Hawaii DCCA Wins Case Against Payday Lenders
By News Release @ 12:18 AM :: 5404 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...first joint enforcement action against a nationwide debt-relief services company that illegally charged advance fees for its services....

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Saturday, December 22, 2012
House Finance Ctte to Consider Budget
By News Release @ 1:25 AM :: 4716 Views :: Hawaii State Government

January 3 - 15, 2013

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Saturday, December 22, 2012
Committee on Energy and Environment to Discuss Invasive Species
By News Release @ 12:20 AM :: 6552 Views :: Energy, Environment, Hawaii State Government

Friday January 11, 2013 at 1pm 

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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Auditor Identifies Eleven Improper Revolving Funds
By News Release @ 8:40 PM :: 4764 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Review of the Revolving Funds, Trust Funds, and Trust Accounts of the Departments of Human Resources Development, Labor and Industrial Relations, Public Safety, and Taxation....

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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Auditor: Keep Postsecondary Authorization Board at UH
By News Release @ 8:28 PM :: 6221 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education

...Such a framework is necessary to preserve the availability of federal student aid funding under Title IV of the HEA....

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Inouye Successor Will Face Election in 2014
By Robert Thomas @ 6:19 PM :: 8252 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

Pending the election, the governor shall make a temporary appointment to fill the vacancy by selecting a person from a list of three prospective appointees submitted by the same political party as the prior incumbent....

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Abercrombie Submits Biennium Budget to State Legislature
By News Release @ 12:28 AM :: 5865 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...general funds, approximately $6.1 billion for fiscal year 2014 and $6.3 billion for fiscal year 2015....

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Sunday, December 16, 2012
Hold the Tax Increases and Cut the Spending
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:47 AM :: 6137 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... lawmakers will make a bid to increase taxes yet again ....

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Friday, December 14, 2012
Thielen: Say Organized with Republicans, Too
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 1:14 AM :: 7320 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

“This isn’t the first time that a Democratic majority faction has organized with the Republicans; some people are just more honest and transparent about it. It is time to govern and stop politicking.”

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Hearing Act 130, Relating to Charter Schools
By News Release @ 7:58 PM :: 5700 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

· DATE: Tuesday, December 18, 2012

· TIME: 2:00 PM

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Saturday, December 8, 2012
Auditor: HI-5 Program is Exposed to Fraud
By News Release @ 4:52 PM :: 8807 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... several deficiencies expose the Program to fraud, including the over-reliance on self-reporting by Program personnel and lack of systematic compliance inspections....

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