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Delays, Denials Plague Hawaii’s Program To Help Injured Workers

Delays, Denials Plague Hawaii’s Program To Help Injured Workers

The state is trying to streamline its workers’ compensation system, but critics say wholesale changes are needed.

Lawsuit Targets Secrecy In Hawaii Tax Change Proposals ©PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Lawsuit Targets Secrecy In Hawaii Tax Change Proposals

Why did the Ige administration try to change rules on tax refunds and general excise tax licenses? It doesn’t want you to know.

Hawaii Failed To Take Steps Meant To Prevent Day Care Deaths Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Failed To Take Steps Meant To Prevent Day Care Deaths

State officials promised lawmakers they’d draft new rules to protect infants, but more than three years later nothing’s changed.

Labor Pains: Still No Deal On Bill To Assist Maui Hospital Workers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Labor Pains: Still No Deal On Bill To Assist Maui Hospital Workers

State lawmakers plan to reconvene in special session Wednesday as the governor continues talks with union members.
Lawmakers, Governor Seek Compromise On Maui Hospital Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers, Governor Seek Compromise On Maui Hospital Bill

UPDATED: The Legislature plans to amend the vetoed measure next week to provide severance pay to unionized workers, address legal flaws in the legislation and honor union contracts.
Lawmakers Consider ‘Mobile Court’ For Homeless Defendants Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Consider ‘Mobile Court’ For Homeless Defendants

A court for nonviolent misdemeanor cases involving the homeless might help unclog dockets.
Lawmakers To Agencies: Take Good Care Of Your Records Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Lawmakers To Agencies: Take Good Care Of Your Records

A Senate bill for the first time would require Hawaii's government to take proper care of public information.
Bill Allowing Reporters Access To Restricted Areas Clears Committee Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill Allowing Reporters Access To Restricted Areas Clears Committee

Journalists are pushing for more access in emergency situations, but state officials testify that safety concerns trump those of the media.
Public Won’t See Medical Marijuana Dispensary Rules Until January Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Public Won’t See Medical Marijuana Dispensary Rules Until January

As Hawaii's Department of Health sets up a dispensary program, it struggles with a backlog of 1,000 applications for medical marijuana cards.
Seven Months Later, Hawaii Fishing Rules Still Not Signed Cyril Fluck/Flickr

Seven Months Later, Hawaii Fishing Rules Still Not Signed

Gov. David Ige is continuing to review rules approved by the DLNR last year that would create the state's first Community-Based Subsistence Fishing Area.
Emergency Money Made Easy, If You’re a Democratic Governor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Emergency Money Made Easy, If You’re a Democratic Governor

David Ige, like Neil Abercrombie, had no problem securing funding from Hawaii lawmakers to get his new administration up and running — without providing detailed requests. That wasn't the case for Republican Linda Lingle.
Weekend News? Ige’s Appointments Tend to Come Late on Fridays Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Weekend News? Ige’s Appointments Tend to Come Late on Fridays

Hawaii governor's office says it's just coincidence that most of his Cabinet choices were announced when fewer people were paying attention to the news.
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