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2:35 p.m. Rep Hashem’s Peru Connection

The state House of Representatives sent out a press release today announcing that Hawaii and Peru would build a sister-state relationship.

Following the APEC summit, on Monday, Jose Luis Silva Martinot, Peru’s minister of foreign trade and tourism, met with HTA’s Mike McCartney and Reps. Karen Awana and Mark Hashem, both Democrats.

As Civil Beat’s Michael Levine has reported, Hashem, the author of a resolution calling for the sister-state relationship, is married to a woman from Peru.

House leadership determined that Hashem had no conflict of interest in drafting and voting on the reso, though.

12:30 p.m. Hat Tip to Ian Lind

Kaaawa blogger (and chronicler of pets and sunrises) Ian Lind has a helpful post that observes “the state’s sunshine law specifically permits audio recording of any meeting.”

Lind wrote the post in response to a Civil Beat Off the Beat item that ran yesterday regarding a recent reporter’s run in with a legislative staffer. Lind includes the relevant state statute in his post.

11:15 a.m. Judicial Selection Commission Lets Sun Shine

In a press release issued yesterday, the Judicial Selection Commission (JSC) announced that it will make public the lists of judicial candidates it sends the governor.

Following the election of chair Susan Ichinose in June, the JSC has held meetings on the matter.

While JSC rules dating to 1979 have prevented the commission from releasing the names, “The Commission’s review and research over the past six months have determined that the above restrictions are broader than the State Constitution requires, and the policies that may have been served by the more restrictive rules when they were adopted decades ago have given way to new policies and priorities.”

Under the new rules, the JSC will release the names of nominees at the time they are transmitter to the governor — a practice the commission believes will strengthen the judicial selection process.

The decision went into effect Tuesday — the day after Judge Karl Sakamoto ruled in favor of a lawsuit filed by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that the Abercrombie administration must disclose the names.

The administration, which is considering how to respond to Sakamoto’s ruling, argues that releasing the names will have a “chilling effect” on obtaining good candidates. But, the judge was skeptical of that argument, saying the governor hadn’t provided any evidence — sworn statements or the like — in support.

Inouye Receives Freedom Award

Dan Inouye will receive the Freedom Award from the United States Capitol Historical Society today.

The award ceremony will be broadcast live at 1 p.m. HST on CSPAN from Statutory Hall in the United States Capitol Visitors Center.

Aiona’s ‘Life of Service’

Duke Aiona will participate in a Q&A midday at Koolau Ballroom in Kaneohe.

The topic is titled “A Life of Service,” and it’s sponsored by Hawaiian Islands Ministries.

Briefing: DAGS

Senate Ways and Means is scheduled to meet at 1:30 p.m at the Capitol.

The agenda features the Department of Accounting and General Services providing updates on state facilities and properties.

Meeting: Burial Council

The Hawaii Island Burial Council is scheduled to meet today in Kapaau on the Big Island.

The agenda includes updates on inadvertent discoveries of burials.

Meeting: Stadium Authority

The Aloha Stadium Authority is scheduled to meet today.

The agenda includes discussion of the stadium’s food and beverage contract and evaluation of stadium management, the latter likely in executive session.

Hearing: LUC

The Land Use Commission is scheduled to meet today and tomorrow at the Leiopapa A Kamehameha building downtown.

The agenda focuses on the Hoopili development project proposed by D.R. Horton-Schuler Homes.

APEC on PBS Hawaii

Day Boylan‘s “Insights” tonight asks, “APEC: How Did It Go?”

Guests include Peter Carlisle, Charles Morrison and Mike McCartney.

Gas Allowance Killed by Big Isle Council

Check out the latest in Neighbor Island government-related news:

State threatens to revoke Laupahoehoe charter

Roth announces bid for Hawaii County prosecutor

New scanners at Kahului airport offer “hassle-free experience”

Big Isle Council kills gasoline allowance

Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge explained in Puhi

Maui Council panel backs approval of Kahoma project with conditions

District lines to shake up Hawaii County Council


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