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Rep. Amy Perruso: Don’t Underestimate How Important Reform Is To The Public David Croxford/Civil Beat/2022

Rep. Amy Perruso: Don’t Underestimate How Important Reform Is To The Public

This lawmaker hopes citizens will seize the moment and testify in support of dozens of measures to make state government more transparent and accountable.
Hawaii House GOP: Government Reform Is A Priority Chad Blair/Civil Beat/2023

Hawaii House GOP: Government Reform Is A Priority

The minority’s package of bills adopts all the proposals of a special commission, including term limits.
Hawaii Gov Signals He’ll Sign Ethics Reform Bills That Land On His Desk David Croxford/Civil Beat/2023

Hawaii Gov Signals He’ll Sign Ethics Reform Bills That Land On His Desk

Josh Green also said he will not hold campaign fundraisers during the legislative session.
Chad Blair: Lawmakers Are Rushing To Hold Last-Minute Fundraisers Before Session Begins Danny de Gracia/Civil Beat/2019

Chad Blair: Lawmakers Are Rushing To Hold Last-Minute Fundraisers Before Session Begins

Major proposals from the special commission on government reform aim to reduce the influence of money in politics.
Require Hawaii Lawmakers To Discuss Bills In Public Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2018

Require Hawaii Lawmakers To Discuss Bills In Public

State law and legislative rules allow a critical portion of legislative committee meetings to be held out of the hearing range of the public.
More Transparency In The Hawaii Legislature? It Won’t Be Easy Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

More Transparency In The Hawaii Legislature? It Won’t Be Easy

A review of candidates answers to Civil Beat's Q&As this past election show lawmakers weren't all that enthused about changing the way business is done at the Legislature.
Let The Sunshine In: We’re Aggressively Tracking Government Reform Proposals In Hawaii Patti Epler/Civil Beat/2023

Let The Sunshine In: We’re Aggressively Tracking Government Reform Proposals In Hawaii

Lawmakers are expected to consider numerous accountability and transparency measures this session. Let's make sure they do.
The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: The Standards Commission’s Dan Foley And Robert Harris Screenshot/2022

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: The Standards Commission’s Dan Foley And Robert Harris

The chair and a member of the Commission to Improve Standards of Conduct talk about proposals to restore public trust in Hawaii's scandal-marred government.
Public Corruption Directly Undermines Faith In Hawaii’s Government Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

Public Corruption Directly Undermines Faith In Hawaii’s Government

Enforcement of civil and criminal laws is a necessary step to help cultivate democracy and restore public trust.
Hawaii Legislature Should Not Mess With Our Public Records Law Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2017

Hawaii Legislature Should Not Mess With Our Public Records Law

The Office of Information Practices is once again trying to reverse its defeat in court in order to impede the people’s right to know.