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Hawaii Lawmakers Are Considering Clamping Down On Gov’s Emergency Powers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Lawmakers Are Considering Clamping Down On Gov’s Emergency Powers

Hawaii isn’t the only state worried that a governor’s emergency orders are in need of better oversight.

Senate Panel Moves To End Suspension Of Public Records Law Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senate Panel Moves To End Suspension Of Public Records Law

Updated: An emergency order from Hawaii’s governor has been in place since last spring that he says is necessary due to COVID-19.

Bill Would Ban Side Gigs For Hawaii Lieutenant Governors Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill Would Ban Side Gigs For Hawaii Lieutenant Governors

The proposal follows a similar measure last year that banned emoluments for county mayors and the governor.

Hawaii Senate Advances Asset Forfeiture Reform Measure Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

Hawaii Senate Advances Asset Forfeiture Reform Measure

Gov. David Ige vetoed a similar proposal in 2019 over worries that it would hinder law enforcement operations.

Hawaii House Panel Strikes Down DHHL Casino Proposal Flickr: Liji Jinaraj

Hawaii House Panel Strikes Down DHHL Casino Proposal

A companion measure is still alive in the Senate, though the gambling bills face opposition from some legislative leaders and the governor.

Hawaii Lawmakers Kill Bill To Improve Care At Veterans And Nursing Homes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Lawmakers Kill Bill To Improve Care At Veterans And Nursing Homes

Health care administrators argued the bill, drafted in response to the deadly outbreak last year at a Hilo facility, could make health care slower.

Legislative Leaders: Pay Raises For State Workers May Be Tough This Year Screenshot

Legislative Leaders: Pay Raises For State Workers May Be Tough This Year

The state’s agriculture development agency also is still a target of legislative scrutiny as is the state auditor.

Hawaii Legislature Launches ‘Laser Beam’ Session In A Locked Down Capitol Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Legislature Launches ‘Laser Beam’ Session In A Locked Down Capitol

Traditional festivities and speeches were all canceled amid security concerns and the threat of COVID-19.

Denby Fawcett: Some Want Permanent Security Barriers At Capitol, But At What Cost? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Denby Fawcett: Some Want Permanent Security Barriers At Capitol, But At What Cost?

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.