Hawaii isn’t the only state worried that a governor’s emergency orders are in need of better oversight.
Updated: An emergency order from Hawaii’s governor has been in place since last spring that he says is necessary due to COVID-19.
The proposal follows a similar measure last year that banned emoluments for county mayors and the governor.
Gov. David Ige vetoed a similar proposal in 2019 over worries that it would hinder law enforcement operations.
A companion measure is still alive in the Senate, though the gambling bills face opposition from some legislative leaders and the governor.
Health care administrators argued the bill, drafted in response to the deadly outbreak last year at a Hilo facility, could make health care slower.
The state’s agriculture development agency also is still a target of legislative scrutiny as is the state auditor.
Traditional festivities and speeches were all canceled amid security concerns and the threat of COVID-19.
Fencing and blockades mar the open spaces of one of the most beautiful buildings in Hawaii and reduce public access to the workings of government.