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Looking To Singapore For Answers To Honolulu’s Housing Crisis Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Looking To Singapore For Answers To Honolulu’s Housing Crisis

A state senator, inspired by the island nation’s program, wants to build massive amounts of public housing that residents could purchase.

Audit: Licensing Process For Adult Care Homes Is Seriously Flawed Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Audit: Licensing Process For Adult Care Homes Is Seriously Flawed

The state agency overseeing adult care homes says it is improving its practices and there is no risk to the health or safety of the patients.

Hawaii Legislature: Leadership Will Stay The Same Despite New Faces Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Legislature: Leadership Will Stay The Same Despite New Faces

The House and Senate plan to install new judiciary chairs but keep the current heads of each chamber and their respective money committees.

Democrats Keep Their Tight Lock On The Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Democrats Keep Their Tight Lock On The Legislature

Republicans, who currently hold only five House seats and no Senate seats, appear poised to grab one Senate seat.

Hawaii GOP’s Best Shot At Winning Something Is A Mililani House Seat Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii GOP’s Best Shot At Winning Something Is A Mililani House Seat

GOP officials desperately want to stop losing seats. They’re already down to five in the 76-member Legislature.

Hawaii High Court Weighs Whether To Release Secret Investigation Of State Auditor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii High Court Weighs Whether To Release Secret Investigation Of State Auditor

Justices appeared concerned about the state’s argument that attorney-client privilege protects the Legislature from releasing the report.

Should Public Have More Input On Legislature’s Sexual Harassment Policies? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Should Public Have More Input On Legislature’s Sexual Harassment Policies?

Critics say more people should get to weigh in on developing the new recommendations and the process should be more transparent.

Should Psychologists Be Able To Prescribe Drugs?

Should Psychologists Be Able To Prescribe Drugs?

Lawmakers have confronted the question for decades. Proponents say it could boost access to treatment, while opponents warn of opening up patients to subpar care.

In Hawaii, People Like Trump Better Than They Like The Legislature Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

In Hawaii, People Like Trump Better Than They Like The Legislature

A new survey shows how island residents feel about their elected officials, major institutions and a broad range of issues, from housing to the environment.

Nonprofits Sue Hawaii Over ‘Deceptive’ Gut-And-Replace Legislative Practice Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Nonprofits Sue Hawaii Over ‘Deceptive’ Gut-And-Replace Legislative Practice

Updated: Common Cause and League of Women Voters are putting legal pressure on the Legislature to improve transparency in the state’s lawmaking process.

Capitol Finance: How Top Lawmakers Build Their Power With Campaign Cash Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Capitol Finance: How Top Lawmakers Build Their Power With Campaign Cash

Top Hawaii House and Senate leaders have given out nearly $200,000 to other candidates since 2006.

Romy Cachola Voter Fraud Allegations Demand An Investigation Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Romy Cachola Voter Fraud Allegations Demand An Investigation

The voters in his Kalihi state House district — and all of Hawaii — must finally know whether the legislator is a crook.