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Courtney Teague

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.

Feds Say UH Manoa Overcharged Disabled Dorm Residents Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Feds Say UH Manoa Overcharged Disabled Dorm Residents

The university has refunded about $100,000 to more than 40 students to resolve a federal complaint.

Hawaii Students Join Walkouts In Wake Of School Shootings Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Students Join Walkouts In Wake Of School Shootings

On campuses across the islands, youths gather to honor the victims of the Florida massacre and call for action on gun control.

Lawmakers Want To Preserve Obamacare — At Least In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Want To Preserve Obamacare — At Least In Hawaii

Several bills in the Legislature would protect or resurrect aspects of the federal Affordable Care Act.

Government Transparency An Early Loser In Legislative Session Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Government Transparency An Early Loser In Legislative Session

Open government bills have mostly died, and some measures restricting information are still alive.

Feds: UH Manoa Violated Rules In Handling Sexual Harassment Cases Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds: UH Manoa Violated Rules In Handling Sexual Harassment Cases

Complaints were mishandled and federal grievance procedures weren’t followed, investigators found.

Hawaii May Switch To All-Mail Elections In 2020 Flickr.com

Hawaii May Switch To All-Mail Elections In 2020

A bill requiring the conversion in hopes of increasing voter turnout is headed to the House floor.

Bills Would Water Down Financial Disclosures For Unpaid State Officials Flickr: Images_of_Money

Bills Would Water Down Financial Disclosures For Unpaid State Officials

Supporters say current requirements discourage volunteers, but opponents say they help prevent conflicts of interest.