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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.

Legislature Overrides Ige’s Objections, Defunds Tourism Authority Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Legislature Overrides Ige’s Objections, Defunds Tourism Authority

Lawmakers overrode five of the governor’s vetoes on Tuesday, including a bill that will require disclosure of COVID-19 cases in public schools.

Extending State Land Leases Could Benefit Businesses, But At What Cost To Taxpayers? Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2014

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

Opponents worry that the long-term leases, which may last 100 years or more, amount to a sale of public lands.

Senate Bill Would Make It Harder To Scrutinize Government Contract Awards, Critics Say Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

State officials say the measure would speed up the cumbersome procurement process, but others worry it would make legitimate bid appeals unaffordable.

Dru Kanuha Named Senate Majority Leader Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Dru Kanuha Named Senate Majority Leader

He replaces outgoing majority leader J. Kalani English.

Lawmakers Credit Federal Relief Funds For Saving Session Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Lawmakers Credit Federal Relief Funds For Saving Session

But Gov. David Ige questions the need to reduce funding for the Hawaii Tourism Authority and moving around some state agencies.

New Aloha Stadium Development May Finally Move Forward Courtesy: Crawford Architects

New Aloha Stadium Development May Finally Move Forward

The state is gathering ideas for development surrounding the stadium as lawmakers move ahead with giving the Stadium Authority more powers.

Funding Fight Slows Action On Police, Prison Reform Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

Funding Fight Slows Action On Police, Prison Reform

The fate of two state boards tasked with standardizing police practices and reforming the jail system depends on agreement between the Legislature and Gov. David Ige.

Hawaii Senate Votes To Legalize Marijuana, Raise Minimum Wage Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Senate Votes To Legalize Marijuana, Raise Minimum Wage

While both proposals appear dead on arrival in the House, lawmakers will still consider scores of other measures related to abortions, taxes and housing development.