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Creating A Better Life For Hawaii’s Developmentally Disabled

Creating A Better Life For Hawaii’s Developmentally Disabled

Gov. Ige has proposed spending $7.7 million to overhaul the state DD program, which includes offering clients more opportunities for jobs and setting goals for themselves.

Big Pay Raises Coming For Lawmakers And Top State Execs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Big Pay Raises Coming For Lawmakers And Top State Execs

UPDATED 3/14/19: But the Hawaii Commission on Salaries proposed far lower increases for judges.

Finish The Job: Legislators Making Progress On Elections, Government Ethics Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Finish The Job: Legislators Making Progress On Elections, Government Ethics

Dozens of bills introduced by the state House and Senate augur well for major improvements if lawmakers can actually seal the deals.

Here’s What’s Not Passing The Hawaii Legislature This Year Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s What’s Not Passing The Hawaii Legislature This Year

Inmates won’t get to vote, many Hawaii prisoners won’t be coming home from Arizona and citizens still won’t be able to put measures on the ballot.

Gut And Replace Resurfaces At Hawaii Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Gut And Replace Resurfaces At Hawaii Legislature

The Senate Ways and Means Committee altered the contents of several bills with little public notice, including one that would raise taxes and another that affects Big Island disaster relief.

Don’t Let The Cop Misconduct Bill Die — Again Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Don’t Let The Cop Misconduct Bill Die — Again

Similar legislation has failed session after session. But this is a fundamental matter of public trust.

Hawaii Should Be The Next State To Legalize Marijuana Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii Should Be The Next State To Legalize Marijuana

UPDATED: The Legislature should not abandon bills to decriminalize or legalize recreational cannabis. And they certainly should not be stopped at the committee level.

Chad Blair: Bestiality Is Still Legal In Hawaii

Chad Blair: Bestiality Is Still Legal In Hawaii

That’s right. It’s not a crime to have sex with animals. Legislation aims to right that wrong.

Chad Blair: Do We Really Need A Dan Inouye Day? Or An Obama Ice Cream Shop? Obama by Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Do We Really Need A Dan Inouye Day? Or An Obama Ice Cream Shop?

Lawmakers are rushing to honor the former president and our deceased U.S. senators. But why?

Key Lawmakers Are Trying To Water Down Inspection Rules For Elder Care Homes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Key Lawmakers Are Trying To Water Down Inspection Rules For Elder Care Homes

House and Senate bills would undercut a new law that requires unannounced state inspections of care homes by making those optional.

Quit Stalling On The New Police Standards Board Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Quit Stalling On The New Police Standards Board

Gov. David Ige reluctantly let the board go through last session without his signature. Now he wants to delay its full implementation for four years.

House Speaker: Really, Judges Are My BFFs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

House Speaker: Really, Judges Are My BFFs

Scott Saiki says he works well with Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald despite tension over court decisions that sparked a turf fight between the two branches.