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Hawaii May Soon Join The Other 49 States In Setting Police Standards Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii May Soon Join The Other 49 States In Setting Police Standards

A conference committee of legislators agrees to a bill that establishes a standards board instead of just studying the idea.

House Halts Bill To Water Down Financial Disclosures Of Key State Leaders Flickr: Images_of_Money

House Halts Bill To Water Down Financial Disclosures Of Key State Leaders

Supporters wanted volunteers on state boards to be more comfortable; critics wanted to preserve transparency.

State May Experiment With All-Mail Voting On Kauai Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

State May Experiment With All-Mail Voting On Kauai

The Garden Island has had difficulty in the past recruiting volunteer poll workers.

House, Senate Agree To $14 Billion State Budget Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

House, Senate Agree To $14 Billion State Budget Bill

A joint conference committee passed the overall budget bill ahead of schedule to fast-track funding for areas hit by flooding.

Hawaii Seems Poised To Ban Coral-Damaging Sunscreen Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Seems Poised To Ban Coral-Damaging Sunscreen

Updated: It would be the first state to prohibit the use of sunscreen containing ingredients that scientists say harm sea life.

Hawaii Lawmakers May Expand Definition Of Drugged Driving Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Lawmakers May Expand Definition Of Drugged Driving

A measure to ensure that driving under the influence of marijuana remains illegal also addresses other substances.

Tactics To Revive Mauna Kea Bill Leave Even Senators Confused Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Tactics To Revive Mauna Kea Bill Leave Even Senators Confused

Recesses in a public floor session to talk privately about the legislative maneuvering slow down “second crossover” day at the Hawaii Capitol.

Edibles Could Be Coming Soon To Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Flickr: Larry

Edibles Could Be Coming Soon To Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Key Hawaii legislators in both chambers also support workplace protections for employees who consume medical cannabis.

Senate Waters Down Bill To Set Minimum Police Officer Standards Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Senate Waters Down Bill To Set Minimum Police Officer Standards

UPDATED: Every state except Hawaii already does so, but a measure that passed the House has been gutted in the Senate.

Hawaii’s Medical Pot Program Struggling To Get Its Act Together Anthony Quintano / Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Medical Pot Program Struggling To Get Its Act Together

The licensing and inspection programs remain very short-staffed, but pot shop owners are pleased by the state’s recruitment efforts.

Legislators Again Consider Making More Police Disciplinary Records Public Civil Beat

Legislators Again Consider Making More Police Disciplinary Records Public

For the fifth straight year, there’s a bill to end the exemption for officers to a public records law that applies to everyone else.

Bill Would Set 6-Year Term For Office Of Information Practices Chief Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill Would Set 6-Year Term For Office Of Information Practices Chief

The measure would increase the job security of the director charged with ensuring adherence to Hawaii’s open government laws.