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Honolulu Police Need A Bodycam Policy That Instills Trust Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2018

Honolulu Police Need A Bodycam Policy That Instills Trust

Recent officer-involved shootings on Oahu underscore the need for greater clarity.
Gov. Ige, It’s Time To Let Vaxed People Fly Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Gov. Ige, It’s Time To Let Vaxed People Fly

Hawaii needs to move immediately to allow all fully vaccinated travelers to fly to the islands without restriction. It doesn't matter where they got the shot.
Hawaii Gov Should Veto New Red-Light Camera Program Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii Gov Should Veto New Red-Light Camera Program

Past experience and the likelihood that innocent car owners may be penalized are big red flags for the red-light program.
Bill Requiring State Agencies To Buy Local Is A Big Step Forward Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Bill Requiring State Agencies To Buy Local Is A Big Step Forward

HB 817 is a win for local farmers and moves Hawaii closer to being less dependent on imported food from the mainland.
Make Hawaii’s Law Enforcement Review Board Permanent Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Make Hawaii’s Law Enforcement Review Board Permanent

Two recent officer-involved shootings in Honolulu illustrate why an independent and transparent accounting is so necessary.
We Need A Better Explanation Of Why That Body Cam Video Has Not Been Released Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

We Need A Better Explanation Of Why That Body Cam Video Has Not Been Released

The police department says state law prevents the public from seeing what happened in its fatal encounter with a Honolulu teen. But even top legal minds don't buy it.
Hawaii’s Agriculture Development Agency Needs To Be A Priority For Lawmakers Claire Caulfield/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii’s Agriculture Development Agency Needs To Be A Priority For Lawmakers

The end of the session is looming and lawmakers have failed to deal with the ADC. They need to figure it out during the interim and return in January prepared to act.
Hawaii Lawmakers Should Fund This Green Jobs Program Library of Congress

Hawaii Lawmakers Should Fund This Green Jobs Program

The proposed work program inspired by FDR is intended to mitigate the state's loss of jobs and residents.
The Legislature Should Not Create Barriers To The Public’s Access To Virtual Meetings Screenshot/2020

The Legislature Should Not Create Barriers To The Public’s Access To Virtual Meetings

Senate Bill 1034 deserves passage but in its original form and not the current amended version.
Get Rid Of Cash Bail In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Get Rid Of Cash Bail In Hawaii

Lawmakers should approve Senate Bill 1260, a solid step toward much-needed jail reform.