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Colleen Hanabusa Is Now The Legislature’s Attorney In Case Against The State Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Colleen Hanabusa Is Now The Legislature’s Attorney In Case Against The State

Two nonprofits filed a lawsuit in September to improve government transparency in the lawmaking process.

Chad Blair: The Senate Confirms Judges, So Why Is The House Butting In? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: The Senate Confirms Judges, So Why Is The House Butting In?

Were House leaders looking to mess with the governor when they interviewed Keith Hiraoka, his choice for the state Intermediate Court of Appeals?

Hawaii High Court Weighs Whether To Release Secret Investigation Of State Auditor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii High Court Weighs Whether To Release Secret Investigation Of State Auditor

Justices appeared concerned about the state’s argument that attorney-client privilege protects the Legislature from releasing the report.

Should Public Have More Input On Legislature’s Sexual Harassment Policies? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat/2018

Should Public Have More Input On Legislature’s Sexual Harassment Policies?

Critics say more people should get to weigh in on developing the new recommendations and the process should be more transparent.

In Hawaii, People Like Trump Better Than They Like The Legislature Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

In Hawaii, People Like Trump Better Than They Like The Legislature

A new survey shows how island residents feel about their elected officials, major institutions and a broad range of issues, from housing to the environment.

Get Rid Of ‘Gut And Replace’ Legislating Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Get Rid Of ‘Gut And Replace’ Legislating

Making radical changes to bills at the Hawaii Legislature denies the public its essential role in the legislative process.

Do The School Tax Ballot Question Right Or Don’t Do It At All Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Do The School Tax Ballot Question Right Or Don’t Do It At All

The courts or the Legislature need to quickly fix the wording of the proposed ballot measure so we know what we’re voting on, or try it again next year.

Nonprofits Sue Hawaii Over ‘Deceptive’ Gut-And-Replace Legislative Practice Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Nonprofits Sue Hawaii Over ‘Deceptive’ Gut-And-Replace Legislative Practice

Updated: Common Cause and League of Women Voters are putting legal pressure on the Legislature to improve transparency in the state’s lawmaking process.

Capitol Finance: How Top Lawmakers Build Their Power With Campaign Cash Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Capitol Finance: How Top Lawmakers Build Their Power With Campaign Cash

Top Hawaii House and Senate leaders have given out nearly $200,000 to other candidates since 2006.

This Murky Law Could Give The Governor Broad New Powers Flickr: James Willamor

This Murky Law Could Give The Governor Broad New Powers

A new law on emergency administrative rules could make potentially major changes to a key policymaking process.