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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.

Danny De Gracia: The Legislature Really Blew It This Year Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: The Legislature Really Blew It This Year

The people of Hawaii got lip service this session when it came to helping them in their time of need.

Senate Closes The 2019 Session With Some Sharp Divisions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senate Closes The 2019 Session With Some Sharp Divisions

The state House adjourned while highlighting its successes. The Senate, meanwhile, is left reflecting on its compromises and splits.

Chad Blair: Despite Legislative Setbacks, Ige Sees ‘Progress’ For His Agenda Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Despite Legislative Setbacks, Ige Sees ‘Progress’ For His Agenda

In the 2019 session many administration bills died, programs got less funding than sought and nominees faced tough grilling.