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Sen. Laura Thielen Won’t Seek Re-Election To Hawaii Senate Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Sen. Laura Thielen Won’t Seek Re-Election To Hawaii Senate

Thielen said, “I’m going to end my time as a legislator, and get back to the doing.”

Danny De Gracia: The Bipartisan Political Legacy Of Cynthia Thielen Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: The Bipartisan Political Legacy Of Cynthia Thielen

The long-time lawmaker, who will be retiring after 30 years in the House, is “100% a leader and a role model for young Republicans to follow.”

Where Hawaii Legislators Stand On The Thirty Meter Telescope Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Where Hawaii Legislators Stand On The Thirty Meter Telescope

A majority of lawmakers surveyed by Civil Beat support construction of the telescope — but with a lot of caveats and uncertainty about how to proceed.

Hawaii Legislature’s Top-Paid Officials Never Run For Office Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Legislature’s Top-Paid Officials Never Run For Office

The latest installment of Civil Beat’s public salary database includes employees of the Senate, House and Legislative Reference Bureau.

Lawmakers’ Financial Disclosures Don’t Always Paint A Complete Picture Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers’ Financial Disclosures Don’t Always Paint A Complete Picture

Sen. Russell Ruderman, who owns health foods stores, was the only lawmaker to report more than $1 million in outside income last year. Several of his colleagues reported no income beyond their legislative salaries.

Climate Change Proposals Headed For Second Round In Hawaii Legislature Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Climate Change Proposals Headed For Second Round In Hawaii Legislature

State officials are fine-tuning proposals that aim to mitigate the effects of climate change in the state.

Gov. Ige Should Rethink Some Of His Veto Targets Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Gov. Ige Should Rethink Some Of His Veto Targets

Many good bills will become law. But a few measures on the chopping block deserve a second look.

Ige Set To Veto $56 Million In New Taxes On Real Estate Trusts And Vacation Rentals Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Set To Veto $56 Million In New Taxes On Real Estate Trusts And Vacation Rentals

But bills to decriminalize the use of pot, allow mail-in balloting, create a new state prison oversight commission and provide funds to replace aging Aloha Stadium will all become law.

Ige Likely To Veto Vacation Rentals, REIT Tax Bills Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Likely To Veto Vacation Rentals, REIT Tax Bills

The two measures are among 20 bills total Hawaii’s governor indicates he will not allow to become law.

Last-Minute Opposition Almost Derailed Smartphone Privacy Bill In House Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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.

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.