The project raises questions about whether the Hawaii Technology Development Corp. is stepping away from its mission and legislative mandate.
After a federal court overturned a national limit on the price of the calls, activists turn to state and local governments.
The deaths of eight inmates, including five suicides, at local correction facilities during the last 18 months have spurred calls for changes.
The United Public Workers has fought a state promotion policy for years, and now the case is going to the Hawaii Supreme Court.
A bill decriminalizing the possession or sale of pipes, bongs and other drug paraphernalia is cruising through the Legislature, despite strong opposition from prosecutors.
A proposal to reduce the use of and length of inmate isolation is headed for a vote of the full Hawaii Senate.
In the rush to build a new prison, the Legislature is likely to shunt aside the work of a task force it created just last year.
The lawsuit sought to ensure Native Hawaiians being held in an Arizona prison could engage in customary religious practices.