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How A ‘First Step’ In Prison Reform Sparked A Public Backlash And A Likely Veto Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

How A ‘First Step’ In Prison Reform Sparked A Public Backlash And A Likely Veto

The bail reform bill was seen as a minor adjustment — but the public outcry could make lawmakers wary of pursuing it again.

Ige Signs Minimum Wage Increase, Tax Refund Bills Into Law Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat/2022

Ige Signs Minimum Wage Increase, Tax Refund Bills Into Law

The wage will increase to $18 by 2028, while many Hawaii taxpayers will get one-time checks for $300.

Hawaii Senate Confirms New Judges For Kauai, Big Island Screenshot/2022

Hawaii Senate Confirms New Judges For Kauai, Big Island

Attorney Gregory Meyers’ nomination survived questionable allegations from a Kauai deputy prosecutor.

Hu Honua Lobbyist Hosted Fundraiser For Senators Who Were Key To Energy Bill

Hu Honua Lobbyist Hosted Fundraiser For Senators Who Were Key To Energy Bill

The event benefited Hawaii Sens. Donovan Dela Cruz, Glenn Wakai, Michelle Kidani and Bennette Misalucha, who all voted in favor of the controversial bill.

It’s Time To Scrap Voting ‘Yes With Reservations’ At The Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

It’s Time To Scrap Voting ‘Yes With Reservations’ At The Legislature

A long-standing tradition allows Hawaii lawmakers to avoid casting difficult votes that could make or break bills. But it’s really a way to avoid making tough calls.

Judicial Nominee Faces Accusations Of Witness Tampering Screenshot/2022

Judicial Nominee Faces Accusations Of Witness Tampering

But defense lawyers say attorney Gregory Meyers followed standard procedure when he delivered a witness statement to Kauai County prosecutors and described the complaint as “frivolous.”

Hawaii’s Governor Signs 3 Bills Supporting LGBTQ Community Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Hawaii’s Governor Signs 3 Bills Supporting LGBTQ Community

The legislation bars insurers from excluding gender affirming treatments from coverage and establishes a state commission on the status of LGBTQ people in Hawaii.

Hawaii Moves To Improve Transgender Health Insurance Coverage Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Hawaii Moves To Improve Transgender Health Insurance Coverage

House Bill 2405, which is awaiting the governor’s signature, would prevent insurers from denying gender-affirming treatments due to “cosmetic” exclusions.

Here’s An Easy Way To Help Watchdog Government. Tell Gov. Ige Not To Blow It Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Here’s An Easy Way To Help Watchdog Government. Tell Gov. Ige Not To Blow It

Hawaii Gov. David Ige needs to approve a bill making it easier and cheaper to get documents that can help shine a light on what agencies are doing.

Legislature Erred In Letting Police-Involved Fatality Review Panel Expire Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Legislature Erred In Letting Police-Involved Fatality Review Panel Expire

Hawaii’s Law Enforcement Officer Independent Review Board will cease at the end of this month in spite of a clear need for its work.