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Chad Blair: How Tasers Became Legal In Hawaii Screenshot

Chad Blair: How Tasers Became Legal In Hawaii

Will a new law lead to local folks arming themselves for self-defense?

Dan Gluck’s Confirmation Process Showed What Democracy Looks Like Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

Dan Gluck’s Confirmation Process Showed What Democracy Looks Like

Every governing body, whether elected or appointed, needs to reflect the community it represents.

Senate Rejects Dan Gluck’s Appointment To Intermediate Court Of Appeals Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senate Rejects Dan Gluck’s Appointment To Intermediate Court Of Appeals

UPDATED: In a 17-6 vote, senators rejected Gluck’s appointment even after he asked the governor to withdraw his name Thursday morning.

Ige’s Appeals Court Nominee Faces Questions Over Experience, Diversity Screenshot

Ige’s Appeals Court Nominee Faces Questions Over Experience, Diversity

State lawmakers will decide later this week on Dan Gluck’s nomination.

Ige Appoints Linda Clark To Fill Maui House Seat Courtesy photo/2021

Ige Appoints Linda Clark To Fill Maui House Seat

Clark is a state process server and head of a Maui nonprofit.

House Panel Subpoenas Land Fund, Agriculture Agency Office of the Auditor

House Panel Subpoenas Land Fund, Agriculture Agency

Both agencies were the targets of recent critical examinations by State Auditor Les Kondo.

Neal Milner: All Sides In Auditor Dispute Need To Start Acting Like Grown-Ups Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: All Sides In Auditor Dispute Need To Start Acting Like Grown-Ups

The office is too important to good government to go down in a morass of name-calling and self-important rectitude.

State Tax Collections Soared Back To Pre-Pandemic Levels In The Past Year Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

State Tax Collections Soared Back To Pre-Pandemic Levels In The Past Year

The stunning rebound in general treasury tax revenue was driven by increased state income tax collections.

Legislature Fixes Budget Glitches At Close Of Special Session Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Legislature Fixes Budget Glitches At Close Of Special Session

UPDATED: Most of the measures taken up Thursday made technical changes to bills affecting state finances.

December 2021

Thursday, December 2

Is A Green Jobs Youth Corps The Key To Sustainability In Hawaii?

October 2021

Thursday, October 28

Former City Auditor: Les Kondo Is The ‘Poster Child For Bad Auditing’

Wednesday, October 27

Five Women Appointed To Court Vacancies After Calls For More Diversity

September 2021

Monday, September 20

Lawmakers Question State Auditor About His Probe Of Agribusiness Agency

Tuesday, September 14

Hawaii Lawmakers Question Rent Payments On State Land

August 2021

Wednesday, August 25

Hawaii Senate Committee Considers A New Nominee For Appeals Court

Monday, August 23

Hawaii’s Vaccine Mandate For State Lawmakers Is Unusual

Sunday, August 8

Chad Blair: How Tasers Became Legal In Hawaii

Monday, August 2

Dan Gluck’s Confirmation Process Showed What Democracy Looks Like

July 2021

Thursday, July 29

Senate Rejects Dan Gluck’s Appointment To Intermediate Court Of Appeals

Tuesday, July 27

Ige’s Appeals Court Nominee Faces Questions Over Experience, Diversity

Friday, July 23

House Panel Subpoenas Land Fund, Agriculture Agency

Thursday, July 15

Neal Milner: All Sides In Auditor Dispute Need To Start Acting Like Grown-Ups

Tuesday, July 13

State Tax Collections Soared Back To Pre-Pandemic Levels In The Past Year

Thursday, July 8

Legislature Fixes Budget Glitches At Close Of Special Session

Wednesday, July 7

Chad Blair: When It Comes To Veto Overrides, Ige’s No Lingle

Tuesday, July 6

Legislature Overrides Ige’s Objections, Defunds Tourism Authority

Saturday, July 3

Hawaii Lawmakers Have A Tentative List Of Which Vetoes They’ll Override

June 2021

Tuesday, June 29

House Speaker: Lawmakers Will Return To The Capitol July 6

Monday, June 28

Danny De Gracia: Ige Still Has A Chance To Be A Decisive Leader. He Should Take It

Thursday, June 24

Ige: Lack Of Public Input Is Driving Concerns Over Bills — And Possible Vetoes

Monday, June 21

Hawaii Gov Intends To Veto Dozens Of Bills, Likely Triggering A Special Session

Thursday, June 17

Ige Appoints Lynn DeCoite To Fill Vacant Maui Senate Seat

Tuesday, June 8

Hawaii Marks World Oceans Day With 9 New Laws To Protect Sharks And Marine Life

Friday, June 4

House Finance Chair: Fewer Tourists Is ‘What People Want’

Rebuild Aloha Stadium? That’s Not A Good Idea

Tuesday, June 1

Extending State Land Leases Could Benefit Businesses, But At What Cost To Taxpayers?

May 2021

Monday, May 24

Senate Bill Would Make It Harder To Scrutinize Government Contract Awards, Critics Say

Wednesday, May 19

Legislature Directs Federal Funds To Patch Up Hawaii’s Shaky Broadband System

Friday, May 14

Hawaii Gov Should Veto New Red-Light Camera Program

Thursday, May 13

Taxpayers On The Hook For $2.3M To Settle Legal Claims Against The State

Tuesday, May 11

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: Hawaii House Leaders

Thursday, May 6

University Of Hawaii Officials Push Back Against Proposed Budget Cuts

Monday, May 3

Danny De Gracia: Pandemic Lessons Should Prepare Us For The Next Crisis

Sunday, May 2

A Cautious Legislature, Locked In The Capitol, Played It Safe

April 2021

Friday, April 30

Make Hawaii’s Law Enforcement Review Board Permanent

Thursday, April 29

Lawmakers Credit Federal Relief Funds For Saving Session

House Creates Panel To Probe Land Fund, Agriculture Agency

Who Should Lead Hawaii Schools? State Lawmakers Have Some Ideas

Wednesday, April 28

This Bill Aims To Prevent A Wave Of Evictions But Critics Say It Falls Short

Tuesday, April 27

New County Hotel Tax Is Approved In Final Vote

Senate Democratic Majority Leader J. Kalani English To Retire

Monday, April 26

Danny De Gracia: A Bill To Honor Juneteenth Is A Ripple In The Current Of Justice

Chad Blair: Marriage Equality Advocate Joins State Commission On Fatherhood

Sunday, April 25

New Aloha Stadium Development May Finally Move Forward

John Pritchett: Hot Air

Friday, April 23

Hawaii Legislature Agrees To Defer Pay Raises Ahead Of Final Votes

Thursday, April 22

New Taxes, Tourism Funding Cuts Among Bills Pushed Through As Legislature Winds Down

Wednesday, April 21

House Speaker Expects Pay Raises For Lawmakers Will Be Deferred

Bail Reform Stalls In Hawaii Legislature

Why It’s So Hard To Pass A Minimum Wage Increase In Hawaii

Tuesday, April 20

Hawaii Asset Forfeiture Reform Appears Dead This Year

Legislative Negotiators Agree To End Payday Loans In Hawaii By 2022

Hawaii House Speaker Scott Saiki’s High-Profile Agenda Is Raising Questions

Monday, April 19

Lawmakers Reach Agreement On A New Two-Year State Budget

Friday, April 16

Lawmakers OK Fines For Pandemic Rule Violators

Tuesday, April 13

Hawaii House Will Likely Delay Pay Raises Until 2023

Monday, April 12

Police Shootings Board Is Still Doing Nothing As Cases Pile Up

Friday, April 9

Bans On High Capacity Magazines For Guns Fail At Legislature

Hawaii Lawmakers Should Fund This Green Jobs Program

Aloha Stadium Plan Will Burden Taxpayers. Is It Worth The Risk?

Wednesday, April 7

House Speaker Pulls Plug On Statewide Travel Mandate

Here’s How Hawaii’s New State Budget Is Shaping Up

Monday, April 5

Lawmakers Consider Adding ‘Coercive Control’ In Domestic Violence Cases

Thursday, April 1

Report: State Auditor Not In ‘Complete Compliance’ With Constitution

Leonardo DiCaprio Lends Support To Hawaii Bill Protecting Sharks

New Sunshine Rules Would Require Requests For Some In-Person Meetings

March 2021

Tuesday, March 30

Hawaii Senate Committee Mulls Inheritance And Conveyance Tax Increases

Monday, March 29

Hawaii Lawmakers Advance Capital Gains Tax Increase

Lawmakers Want New Group To Determine Future Of OHA Kakaako Makai

Many Inmates Leaving Prison Are Still Having Trouble Getting ID Cards

Should Hawaii Invest To Help Workers Displaced By The Pandemic Find New Careers?

Sunday, March 28

John Pritchett: Double Standard

Friday, March 26

These Makaha Residents Are Hoping To Move A Major Highway

Thursday, March 25

Lawmakers Advance Bail Reform To Fix A ‘Broken’ System

Wednesday, March 24

The Hawaii Capitol Is Closed To The Public, But Some Lobbyists Still Have Entree

Tuesday, March 23

Two Pay Raises For Lawmakers Over The Next Year Are Raising Eyebrows

Thursday, March 18

Questions Raised Over COVID Outbreak At Maui Jail

Hawaii Lawmakers Seek Exemption From Political Ad Disclosures

Wednesday, March 17

Special House Committee Will Investigate Hawaii Lawmaker’s DUI Arrest

House Spending Plan Fills State Budget Holes — And Then Some

Monday, March 15

Funding Fight Slows Action On Police, Prison Reform

Friday, March 12

The Hike In State Income Taxes On Top Earners Is As Good As Dead

Wednesday, March 10

Civil Cafe: Hawaii Money Chairs Share Their Thoughts On Taxes And The Budget

Tuesday, March 9

LGBTQ Parents May Get Help When Having A Baby In Hawaii

Hawaii Senate Votes To Legalize Marijuana, Raise Minimum Wage

Monday, March 8

Latest Federal Pandemic Relief Bill Will Shore Up The State Budget

Danny De Gracia: The Hawaii Legislature Is Missing The Boat

Sunday, March 7

Lawmakers End Efforts To Revamp Oversight Of Watchdog Agencies

What’s Dead And Alive At The Hawaii Legislature

Friday, March 5

Here’s How Tax Increases Are Shaking Out In The Hawaii Legislature

Chad Blair: A Lawmaker, A Bill And A Shark Named Laverne

Thursday, March 4

Hawaii Lawmakers Consider Requiring Gender Diversity On Corporate Boards

Wednesday, March 3

Most Police Reform Measures Fail To Gain Traction At Legislature

Death Behind Bars: In Hawaii, The Death Of A Prisoner Is Often A Closely Held Secret

February 2021

Sunday, February 28

John Pritchett: Day Tripper

Friday, February 26

Hawaii Lawmakers Mull Mediation To Prevent Mass Evictions After Moratorium Lifted

Thursday, February 25

Proposed Mauna Kea Working Group Is Already Creating Divisions

Wednesday, February 24

Hawaii’s Fiscal Picture Is Looking Up. So Why Do Lawmakers Still Want To Raise Taxes?

Lee Cataluna: Paying The Price For Ignoring Warning Signs

Tuesday, February 23

Lawmaker Arrested On Suspicion Of Driving Under The Influence

Sunday, February 21

John Pritchett: Office Hours

Lee Cataluna: Lawmakers Should Stop Meddling And Start Solving Problems

Friday, February 19

Lawmakers Want Native Hawaiians To Help Decide Future Of Mauna Kea

Ban On Large-Capacity Rifle Magazines Clears Committee

A Lottery Would Be A Winning Ticket For Education In Hawaii

Thursday, February 18

Hawaii’s Tax ‘Imbalance’: Would A New State Property Tax Fix It?

Wednesday, February 17

State Officials Looking For Ways To Finance New Stadium, Repair Old One

Senate Panel Kills Beef Bill

Tuesday, February 16

Senate Committee Advances Bill To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Hawaii Lawmakers Are Considering Clamping Down On Gov’s Emergency Powers

Monday, February 15

Chad Blair: Are House Lawmakers Out To Get Josh Green?

It’s No Surprise That CEOs Make More Than Other Employees. But How Much Is Too Much?

Sunday, February 14

John Pritchett: Rust Bucket

Friday, February 12

Embattled Agribusiness Corporation Has Powerful Friends

More In-Person Voting Sites Proposed For Hawaii

An Office Of Public Accountability Is Unnecessary And Unwise

The Fight Between Hawaii’s State Auditor And House Speaker Is Heating Up

Wednesday, February 10

State Lottery To Fund Public Education Moves Forward

Senate Panel Moves To End Suspension Of Public Records Law

Tuesday, February 9

Proposal To Scrap Kauai’s Two-Test Protocol For Arriving Travelers Advances

Stabilizing Or Stalling? State Officials Explain Why Hawaii’s Recovery Plan Will Take 2 Years

Monday, February 8

Hawaii Senate Proposes $12 Minimum Wage By 2022

Danny De Gracia: It’s Time For Hawaii To Officially Recognize Juneteenth

Sunday, February 7

Lee Cataluna: Hawaii Legislature Should Focus On One Thing

Chad Blair: Is Scott Saiki The De Facto Governor Of Hawaii?

Friday, February 5

Hawaii Lawmakers Advance New Tax On Alcoholic Drinks

Lawmakers Must Fix The Agribusiness Development Corporation

Thursday, February 4

State Auditor: Protect The Agency’s Independence

Hawaii Lawmakers Want Their ‘Gifts Of Aloha’ Back

Tuesday, February 2

House Leader Lays Out Proposals For Accountability, Land And Tourism

Senate Committee Scraps Proposal For Rent Control Law

Saiki Wants To Take Mauna Kea Management Away From UH

State Seeks Someone To Build And Finance New Oahu Jail

Monday, February 1

New Police Disciplinary Reports Reveal Serious Misconduct By Dozens Of Officers

Chad Blair: Who’s Leading The Hawaii House GOP? Nobody Knows

January 2021

Friday, January 29

The State Of The State Address That Wasn’t

Proposed Tourist Tax Could Help Hawaii Deal With Climate Change Impacts

Thursday, January 28

Legislative Leaders: Pay Raises For State Workers May Be Tough This Year

Ige’s Proposed ‘Sugar Tax’ Could Generate $60 Million A Year For The State

Wednesday, January 27

Hawaii Chief Justice: Courts Must Address Systemic Inequities

Bill Would Give Lawmakers Control Over Auditor’s Paycheck

Monday, January 25

Ige’s State Of The State Speech Skips The Difficult Details

Chad Blair: New Progressive Caucus Hopes To Be A Force At The Legislature

Danny De Gracia: Ige Needs To Deliver A Better State Of The State Speech This Year

Sunday, January 24

OHA Says Better Data Is Needed To Tackle Problems Facing Native Hawaiians

Saturday, January 23

Proposed Budget Cuts Would ‘Basically Gut’ Hawaii State Auditor’s Office

Friday, January 22

Now Is Exactly The Wrong Time To Waste $30 Million Fixing Capitol Pools

Wednesday, January 20

Hawaii Legislature Launches ‘Laser Beam’ Session In A Locked Down Capitol

Tuesday, January 19

Denby Fawcett: Some Want Permanent Security Barriers At Capitol, But At What Cost?

Hawaii Owes The Feds $700 Million. Businesses May Have To Pay The Tab

It’s Time For Hawaii To Tax The Rich

The Battered State Budget Will Dominate The Next Hawaii Legislature

Monday, January 18

Danny De Gracia: Hawaii Should Rise Up While ‘The Stars Are Aligned’

Friday, January 15

No More ‘Gifts Of Aloha’ For State Lawmakers

Friday, January 8

Hawaii Will Collect More Taxes Than Expected, State Panel Says

Wednesday, January 6

State Finance Director Says Carbon And Sugar Taxes May Be Among Increases

Proposed State Budget Would Cut 30% From Sex Abuse Treatment Funding

Tuesday, January 5

Will Hawaii Legislature Reverse Ige’s Suspension Of The Public Records Law?

Monday, January 4

State Budget Director: It’s Too Soon To Tell If Tax Increases Are Coming

Chad Blair: Advocates Again Pushing For Automatic Voter Registration

John Pritchett: Not In The Cards