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Hawaii State Ethics Commission

Former Judge Set to Join Hawaii State Ethics Commission Hawaii State Ethics Commission

Former Judge Set to Join Hawaii State Ethics Commission

Reynaldo Graulty will be replacing outgoing member Ed Broglio on the commission.
How Hawaii Lawmakers Spend Up to $13,000 a Year — Each Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Hawaii Lawmakers Spend Up to $13,000 a Year — Each

UPDATED State ethics director Les Kondo may be under fire, but he seems to have gotten their attention. A review of this year's spending shows legislators are much less inclined to spend public money on questionable expenses.
A Happy Ending: Release of Public Records Ends Civil Beat Lawsuit Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A Happy Ending: Release of Public Records Ends Civil Beat Lawsuit

The Hawaii Ethics Commission ultimately decided to release the financial disclosure reports the news outlet had been seeking through court action.
Ian Lind: Ethics Director Survives Political Challenge Ian Lind/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Ethics Director Survives Political Challenge

Les Kondo's tough stance on ethics issues has drawn the wrath of legislators, union leaders and even one state agency director.
Under Fire: Hawaii Ethics Director Defends His Strict Ethical Views Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Under Fire: Hawaii Ethics Director Defends His Strict Ethical Views

Numerous high-level officials showed up at the Ethics Commission meeting Wednesday in support of Les Kondo.
Why Is House Speaker Joe Souki Going After Ethics Director Les Kondo? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Why Is House Speaker Joe Souki Going After Ethics Director Les Kondo?

UPDATED The Hawaii House leader wants the Ethics Commission to distance itself from any policies or reforms the director has ushered in.
Ian Lind: Still No Love for Public Interest Bills at Hawaii Legislature

Ian Lind: Still No Love for Public Interest Bills at Hawaii Legislature

Many long overdue reforms aimed at making government more transparent and accountable died — again.
Peter Carlisle: Dropping a Dime on Ethics Scofflaws Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Peter Carlisle: Dropping a Dime on Ethics Scofflaws

To all the potential whistleblowers out there: There are places to turn, and a law to protect you.
Ian Lind: Lobbyist Spending Is Concentrated at the Top

Ian Lind: Lobbyist Spending Is Concentrated at the Top

Although still a challenge, compiling data on lobbying activities is easier than it used to be, thanks to new efforts by the ethics commission.
Civil Beat Database: Checking Up on Top State Officials Just Got a Lot Easier Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Civil Beat Database: Checking Up on Top State Officials Just Got a Lot Easier

Financial disclosures for top Hawaii officials are now available on a new searchable site to help the public identify potential conflicts of interest.
Board Member Financial Disclosures May Be Released Sooner Than Expected Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Board Member Financial Disclosures May Be Released Sooner Than Expected

The Hawaii Ethics Commission makes a decision that could result in records being released a year earlier than expected.
Hawaii Monitor: Is a Weak Lobbying Law Getting Weaker? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Hawaii Monitor: Is a Weak Lobbying Law Getting Weaker?

During a remarkably candid meeting, the State Ethics Commission director voices concerns about regulating "goodwill lobbying."
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