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Hawaii State Ethics Commission

Hawaii Lawmakers Accept More Than $137,000 in Gifts

Hawaii Lawmakers Accept More Than $137,000 in Gifts

Big-ticket items include all-expense-paid trips to the mainland and abroad.
Hawaii Organizations Spent $2.5 million on Lobbying in Four Months

Hawaii Organizations Spent $2.5 million on Lobbying in Four Months

Cost of influencing lawmakers during most of legislative session was $21,486 per day.

Speaker Say: Hawaii Legislators Use Good Faith in Voting on Issues

House Speaker responds to Civil Beat's "No Conflict" series.

Off The Beat: Lobbyists Spent Money on Hawaii Lawmakers…Somewhere

What good is a disclosure law, if you can't know who or what lobbyists spend money on?
Hawaii Lobbyist Disagrees He Crossed Ethics Lines

Hawaii Lobbyist Disagrees He Crossed Ethics Lines

Mortgage Foreclosure Task Force members rebut ethics commission's interpretation.
Tsutsui Let Lawmaker Vote To Confirm His Own Son

Tsutsui Let Lawmaker Vote To Confirm His Own Son

Hawaii senators excused only when they have "direct financial interest."
Do Elected Officials With a Conflict of Interest Have a Right to Vote Anyway? Flickr

Do Elected Officials With a Conflict of Interest Have a Right to Vote Anyway?

U.S. Supreme Court case could undermine ethics laws.
Hawaii Mortgage Task Force Warned on Ethics Conflicts

Hawaii Mortgage Task Force Warned on Ethics Conflicts

State ethics commission unlikely to pursue possible violations.
Sixty Percent of Hawaii Senators Filed Disclosure Reports After Session

Sixty Percent of Hawaii Senators Filed Disclosure Reports After Session

UPDATE Financial reports that can help identify conflicts of interest moot for 2011.
No Conflict? Ground Rules in the Hawaii House

No Conflict? Ground Rules in the Hawaii House

A how-to guide on deciding whether lawmakers can vote on bills if they have a potential conflict.
Most Hawaii House Reps File Disclosures After Legislative Session

Most Hawaii House Reps File Disclosures After Legislative Session

Of Hawaii's 51 House representatives, 36 disclose finances after May 5.
Hawaii State Ethics Commission