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Bills On Ige’s Desk Could Be ‘Game-Changer’ For Criminal Justice Reform Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bills On Ige’s Desk Could Be ‘Game-Changer’ For Criminal Justice Reform

Laws that cleared the Legislature would open up jails and courts to more scrutiny and improve the bail system.
Last-Minute Opposition Almost Derailed Smartphone Privacy Bill In House Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

Last-Minute Opposition Almost Derailed Smartphone Privacy Bill In House

Late lobbying from the wireless industry led to an 11th-hour attempt to defeat House Bill 702. Now it awaits a decision by the governor.
Ige Signs Bill To Cover $5.1 Million In Repairs After Maui Jail Riot Department of Public Safety

Ige Signs Bill To Cover $5.1 Million In Repairs After Maui Jail Riot

The measure also includes $2 million to temporarily house 248 additional Hawaii inmates at a private prison in Arizona.
Rod Becker Will Stay At State Budget Agency — But Not In The Top Job

Rod Becker Will Stay At State Budget Agency — But Not In The Top Job

He is the second Ige Cabinet member who the governor had hoped would continue to lead an agency but whose appointment ran into trouble in the Senate.
Cops, Prosecutors Want Gov To Veto Seized Property Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Cops, Prosecutors Want Gov To Veto Seized Property Bill

The reform measure changes whose property can be seized and where the proceeds from its sales will go.
Former Head Of Hawaiian Home Lands Is Back At Agency In A New Job Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Former Head Of Hawaiian Home Lands Is Back At Agency In A New Job

Jobie Masagatani will earn a six-figure salary as executive assistant to the director.
Election Reform: A Step Forward But Still Much To Be Done James Gonser

Election Reform: A Step Forward But Still Much To Be Done

Gov. David Ige should quickly sign the bills that survived the session, including all-mail voting and the addition of more timely campaign finance reports.  
Dozens Of Climate Change Bills Went Down The Political Drain This Session Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Dozens Of Climate Change Bills Went Down The Political Drain This Session

There was a lot of talk about the need to address sea level rise and other problems but virtually no action in the Hawaii Legislature.
Chad Blair: This Is What It Sounds Like When Bills Die Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: This Is What It Sounds Like When Bills Die

On the last day of conference committee at the Hawaii Legislature, an all-too-familiar scene played out.
Danny De Gracia: The Legislature Really Blew It This Year Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

Danny De Gracia: The Legislature Really Blew It This Year

The people of Hawaii got lip service this session when it came to helping them in their time of need.