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Blaze Lovell

Hawaii Ignores Deadline To Create New Standards For Cops

Hawaii Ignores Deadline To Create New Standards For Cops

The Law Enforcement Standards Board has only met once. It was supposed to establish training and certification standards by July 1.

Legislature Won’t Hold Special Session To Fight Possible Vetoes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Legislature Won’t Hold Special Session To Fight Possible Vetoes

Senate and House leaders had considered reconvening to try to enact some of the measures that Gov. David Ige says he’s likely to reject.

Legislative Leaders Counting Votes In Case They Try To Override Vetoes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Legislative Leaders Counting Votes In Case They Try To Override Vetoes

UPDATED: There’s no solid plan for a special session Tuesday, but a Senate memo lists measures lawmakers may try to enact even if Gov. David Ige rejects them.

Two Fatal Shootings By Public Safety Officers Are Under Review For Criminal Charges Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Two Fatal Shootings By Public Safety Officers Are Under Review For Criminal Charges

UPDATED:  Maui prosecutors will consider whether a corrections officer who shot an escaping inmate should face criminal charges, and the state AG is reviewing another shooting by a deputy sheriff.

HPD Investigating Fatal Shooting By Deputy Sheriff As A Possible Murder Case Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HPD Investigating Fatal Shooting By Deputy Sheriff As A Possible Murder Case

The Honolulu prosecutor’s office will consider whether to pursue charges against the deputy involved in the shooting death of a man on the State Capitol grounds.

Hawaii Supreme Court: Boards Must Prove Privacy Interest To Close Meetings Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Supreme Court: Boards Must Prove Privacy Interest To Close Meetings

The court ruled in favor of the Civil Beat Law Center on a case involving the Honolulu Police Commission’s actions.

Ige Signs All-Mail Voting, Automatic Recount Bills Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Signs All-Mail Voting, Automatic Recount Bills

The two voting reform measures were a top priority for the Legislature this year.

Ige Set To Veto $56 Million In New Taxes On Real Estate Trusts And Vacation Rentals Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Set To Veto $56 Million In New Taxes On Real Estate Trusts And Vacation Rentals

But bills to decriminalize the use of pot, allow mail-in balloting, create a new state prison oversight commission and provide funds to replace aging Aloha Stadium will all become law.

Ige Likely To Veto Vacation Rentals, REIT Tax Bills Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Likely To Veto Vacation Rentals, REIT Tax Bills

The two measures are among 20 bills total Hawaii’s governor indicates he will not allow to become law.

The Problem With Hawaiian Homestead Land? Much Of It Can’t Be Developed Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Problem With Hawaiian Homestead Land? Much Of It Can’t Be Developed

Some senators question why the agency charged with providing homes for Native Hawaiian beneficiaries must also manage so much land where building can’t occur.

Spending Big On Lobbying Didn’t Guarantee Success At Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Spending Big On Lobbying Didn’t Guarantee Success At Legislature

UPDATED: Opponents of taxes on real estate trusts and vacation rentals couldn’t kill the bills last session, while a retirement savings program was rejected despite AARP support.

Project To Help Homeless Imperiled By Major Donor’s Bankruptcy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Project To Help Homeless Imperiled By Major Donor’s Bankruptcy

Blake Tek Yoon, whose criminal past stirred skepticism about his plans, had announced he would sell his Kahala home and donate the proceeds. Now the money seems to be going to creditors.