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New Sunshine Rules Would Require Requests For Some In-Person Meetings Suevon Lee/Civil Beat

New Sunshine Rules Would Require Requests For Some In-Person Meetings

Senate Bill 1034 would still allow for physical meetings, but there are worries that one provision in the bill could limit meeting access to some individuals.

Ige Names 3 To UH Board Of Regents Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Names 3 To UH Board Of Regents

The 11-member board is tasked with overseeing the 10-campus University of Hawaii system.

Lawmakers Want New Group To Determine Future Of OHA Kakaako Makai Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Want New Group To Determine Future Of OHA Kakaako Makai

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs says it does not plan to cooperate with the group if two resolutions pass the Legislature.

9th Circuit Upholds Hawaii Laws Against Open Carry Of Firearms Marina Riker/Civil Beat

9th Circuit Upholds Hawaii Laws Against Open Carry Of Firearms

The opinion is a departure from other federal rulings that have generally upheld Second Amendment rights. Meanwhile, firearm permit applications rose 63% in 2020.

The Hawaii Capitol Is Closed To The Public, But Some Lobbyists Still Have Entree Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Hawaii Capitol Is Closed To The Public, But Some Lobbyists Still Have Entree

Updated: While most members of the public can’t visit the State Capitol during the 2021 legislative session, the ability of some lobbyists to gain access raises questions of fairness.

Hawaii Lawmakers Seek Exemption From Political Ad Disclosures Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Lawmakers Seek Exemption From Political Ad Disclosures

The legislation, scheduled for a hearing Friday, comes even as a state watchdog has been trying to make it easier for candidates to report advertising activities.

House Kills OHA Kakaako Makai Proposal Cory Lum/Civil Beat

House Kills OHA Kakaako Makai Proposal

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs won’t be able to build 400-foot-tall towers near the Kakaako shoreline.

Funding Fight Slows Action On Police, Prison Reform Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Funding Fight Slows Action On Police, Prison Reform

The fate of two state boards tasked with standardizing police practices and reforming the jail system depends on agreement between the Legislature and Gov. David Ige.

Civil Cafe: Hawaii Money Chairs Share Their Thoughts On Taxes And The Budget Screenshot

Civil Cafe: Hawaii Money Chairs Share Their Thoughts On Taxes And The Budget

An estimated $1.6 billion federal relief package may not be enough to cover all of Hawaii’s financial obligations due in the next several years.