Civil Beat Editorial Board

Hawaii Lawmakers Should Identify The People Asking For Legislation Screenshot/2022

Hawaii Lawmakers Should Identify The People Asking For Legislation

The practice of introducing bills anonymously “by request of another party” is a disservice to the public and to lawmakers themselves. What is there to hide?

Let’s Remove Obstacles That Keep Citizens From Getting Government Records Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat/2013

Let’s Remove Obstacles That Keep Citizens From Getting Government Records

Some bills before the Legislature would help — for instance, by reducing copying fees. Others are bad ideas that would blow holes in the public’s right to know.

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: AARP Hawaii State Director Kealii Lopez Screenshot/2022

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: AARP Hawaii State Director Kealii Lopez

The nonprofit advocacy organization is again pushing for the Legislature to enact a Hawaii Retirement Savings Program. But that’s just one part of its broad agenda.

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: State Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat/2022

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: State Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz

The chair of the Ways and Means Committee discusses the governor’s proposed $100 refund to residents, infrastructure, education and jobs.

Don’t Back Down On Financial Disclosure Requirement For State Boards Screenshot/2020

Don’t Back Down On Financial Disclosure Requirement For State Boards

The Legislature is considering redacting dollar amount ranges from public view because some think that could attract more and better applicants.

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: US Rep. Ed Case Screenshot/2022

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: US Rep. Ed Case

The Hawaii congressman on Build Back Better, foreign adversaries, Red Hill, Covid-19 and more.

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: EWC President Suzanne Vares-Lum Screenshot/2022

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: EWC President Suzanne Vares-Lum

The new leader of the East-West Center in Honolulu discusses the organization’s role in the Asia-Pacific region, the importance of Hawaiian values and relief efforts in Tonga.

Why Hawaii Needs A Chief Data Officer — Now Wikimedia Commons

Why Hawaii Needs A Chief Data Officer — Now

Technology experts say such a position is necessary to help government and the public better access and share critical information.

It’s Time To Reopen The Hawaii State Capitol Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

It’s Time To Reopen The Hawaii State Capitol

The pandemic has kept the people’s house off-limits to much of the public for almost two years. That must end.