If the Hawaii state Legislature is in session, no doubt some lawmaker somewhere is holding a campaign fundraiser.

In fact, Sens. Donovan Dela Cruz and Michelle Kidani are set to do just that Wednesday night at the ever-popular Mandalay Restaurant.

Also chowing down on egg rolls while passing the hat at Mandalay that same evening are Sens. Brickwood Galuteria and Glenn Wakai.

Once again, there is proposed legislation to halt the unseemly practice. House Bill 327 would do this:

Prohibits legislators and employees of legislators from holding any fundraiser during a regular legislative session or special session. Repeals $25 per person contribution threshold for the applicability of fundraiser requirements and restrictions.

The bill may not get much traction, however, as it comes from Reps. Calvin Say and Marcus Oshiro, who are on the outs with current Democratic leadership.

On the other side of the Big Square Building on Beretania, meanwhile, a similar measure has been introduced by Sen. Les Ihara with the backing of Sens. Russell Ruderman and Laura Thielen. But it hasn’t received a hearing, either.

Dollars on a plate

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