The state House plans to vote Thursday to create a new panel of experts that will review state ethics and campaign finance laws following guilty pleas this week by two former state lawmakers in connection with a federal corruption probe.

House Speaker Scott Saiki also announced Wednesday that lawmakers will reopen the State Capitol to the public on March 7. The Capitol has been closed since March 2020 after state Sen. Clarence Nishihara tested positive for Covid-19.

To enter the building, House members, staff and the public will be required to follow the state vaccination policy that requires proof of full Covid-19 vaccination or a negative test result that is no more than 72 hours old.

Senate President Ron Kouchi later released a written statement saying the Senate had not been consulted about the reopening of the Capitol before before Saiki made his announcement. The Senate “will await official word” from state Comptroller Curt Otaguro on the opening date, Kouchi wrote.

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