The center, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting, gave Hawaii Cs in ethics enforcement agencies and public access to information, ranking us second in the nation for those two categories.
The Aloha State got its highest grade, a B, in internal auditing due to the fact that its auditor is constitutionally protected against political interference and can work without fear of retribution.
Meanwhile, free rounds of golf from lobbyists and “Frankenstein” bills – that come out of legislative committees or conference sessions bearing very little resemblance to the bills that went in – were part of the reason Hawaii got Fs for judicial accountability and lobbying disclosure.
State employees reported receiving more free golf tournament entries despite the Ethics Commission’s advice against accepting golf gifts.
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