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Hawaii State Ethics Commission

Ian Lind: Tightening The Rules For Lobbyists Wikimedia Commons

Ian Lind: Tightening The Rules For Lobbyists

Lobbyists spent millions trying to influence lawmakers last year.

How Hawaii Companies Pay To Party It Up With Public Officials Flickr: David Brooks

How Hawaii Companies Pay To Party It Up With Public Officials

A conference held last month on Kauai shows how Hawaii’s business elite pay money to help wine and dine influential public officials.

School Cleared In Ethics Case Cory Lum/Civil Beat

School Cleared In Ethics Case

The Hawaii Supreme Court has overturned a conflict-of-interest case due to conflicting state statutes.
Ethics Investigation Ends In Penalty Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ethics Investigation Ends In Penalty

Failure to report real property interests results in $300 administrative penalty for Sen. Josh Green.
Hawaii Lawmakers Again Balk At Ethics, Lobbying Reform Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Lawmakers Again Balk At Ethics, Lobbying Reform

Bills to close loopholes and tighten restrictions died mysteriously at the end of the legislative session.
Hawaii Ethics Commission Picks Interim Director Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Ethics Commission Picks Interim Director

More than two weeks after advertising for a new executive director, the commission still awaits a first applicant.
Hawaii AG Investigated Auditor’s Office Before Recent Shakeup Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii AG Investigated Auditor’s Office Before Recent Shakeup

The probe occurred while Jan Yamane was acting auditor, but officials refuse to discuss what it was about and who was involved.
Hawaii Ethics Commission Hiring Director Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Ethics Commission Hiring Director

The former director left to become state auditor, so his successor is being sought.
Les Kondo Confirmed As State Auditor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Les Kondo Confirmed As State Auditor

As state ethics director, he had his run-ins with legislators. But that didn't stop them from approving him for the new job.
Lawmakers May Replace State Auditor With Ethics Director Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers May Replace State Auditor With Ethics Director

UPDATED: The Hawaii Legislature is expected to vote this month on replacing acting auditor Jan Yamane with Ethics Commission executive director Les Kondo.
A Cool Million Was Spent Lobbying Hawaii Lawmakers In Two Months Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A Cool Million Was Spent Lobbying Hawaii Lawmakers In Two Months

More than 200 organizations have registered lobbyists this legislative session, but it's tough to tell how they are exerting their influence.
Want To Serve On Ethics Commission? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Want To Serve On Ethics Commission?

The Judicial Council is seeking applicants to serve on the state commission.
Hawaii State Ethics Commission