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Finish The Job: Legislators Making Progress On Elections, Government Ethics Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Finish The Job: Legislators Making Progress On Elections, Government Ethics

Dozens of bills introduced by the state House and Senate augur well for major improvements if lawmakers can actually seal the deals.

Don’t Let The Cop Misconduct Bill Die — Again Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Don’t Let The Cop Misconduct Bill Die — Again

Similar legislation has failed session after session. But this is a fundamental matter of public trust.

We Can Save On Electricity And Help The Environment Flickr: Your Best Digs

We Can Save On Electricity And Help The Environment

Bills moving through the Hawaii Legislature call for the state to adopt California’s appliance efficiency standards. It’s a no-brainer, folks.

Legislature Should Stop Shooting Down Hawaii’s Most-Needed Reforms Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Legislature Should Stop Shooting Down Hawaii’s Most-Needed Reforms

When it comes to measures that might affect their power, lawmakers won’t even hold public hearings.

Stop This End Run Around Hawaii Public Records Law Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Stop This End Run Around Hawaii Public Records Law

The House Judiciary Committee should reject an Office of Information Practices proposal to codify government secrecy.

Hawaii Should Be The Next State To Legalize Marijuana Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii Should Be The Next State To Legalize Marijuana

UPDATED: The Legislature should not abandon bills to decriminalize or legalize recreational cannabis. And they certainly should not be stopped at the committee level.

Raise The Minimum Wage To At Least $15 An Hour Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Raise The Minimum Wage To At Least $15 An Hour

In a state that has one of the highest costs of living and lowest unemployment rates, it’s time for lawmakers to put things back in balance for workers.

Honolulu’s Mayor Must Own Up To Rail’s Failures Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu’s Mayor Must Own Up To Rail’s Failures

Kirk Caldwell got elected on a promise to “Build Rail Better.” These days, he’s acting more like he’s an innocent bystander.

Quit Stalling On The New Police Standards Board Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Quit Stalling On The New Police Standards Board

Gov. David Ige reluctantly let the board go through last session without his signature. Now he wants to delay its full implementation for four years.

Don’t Blow This Chance To Reform Hawaii’s Terrible Prison System Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Don’t Blow This Chance To Reform Hawaii’s Terrible Prison System

Lawmakers and the governor should strongly consider the findings and recommendations in this impressive task force report.

Reopen Government And Argue About The Wall Later Donna Burton/U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Reopen Government And Argue About The Wall Later

President Trump has invoked the facade of a border crisis purely to save his own political hide. Congress must act in the best interest of all Americans.

Lawmakers Must Resist Any Effort To Undercut Hawaii’s Public Records Law Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Must Resist Any Effort To Undercut Hawaii’s Public Records Law

A recent major ruling from the Hawaii Supreme Court makes clear the necessity of government transparency.