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Hawaii State Ethics Commission

All Is Not Sunny When It Comes to Ethics in Hawaii

All Is Not Sunny When It Comes to Ethics in Hawaii

Lawmakers' attempt to gut good-government legislation reveals the shady side of state politics.
Grading the Nation: How Accountable Is Your State?

Grading the Nation: How Accountable Is Your State?

National project finds states are largely doing a poor job delivering transparency and accountability to citizens.
Legislative Shot at Easing Hawaii Gifts Law Flops

Legislative Shot at Easing Hawaii Gifts Law Flops

Controversial bill appears dead, at least for now.
Leaders or Freeloaders? Flickr.com

Leaders or Freeloaders?

Lawmakers' focus on free tickets sends bad message: 'It's all about us.'
Think Hawaii’s Tough on Ethics? Try Iowa

Think Hawaii’s Tough on Ethics? Try Iowa

Ethics scholars say strong laws are nice, but enforcement is key.
Ethics Debate Likely to Center on Gifts Law in 2012 Legislature

Ethics Debate Likely to Center on Gifts Law in 2012 Legislature

Efforts could again focus on ways to relax rules governing gifts to lawmakers and state officials.
Ethics Commission Says Lawmakers Can Pay to Attend ‘Taste of Ag’

Ethics Commission Says Lawmakers Can Pay to Attend ‘Taste of Ag’

Lawmakers had been advised earlier this week that attending for free would violate Ethics Code.

2011 Year in Review — Government Transparency

What you can find out — and what you can't — about Hawaii government.
2011 Year in Review — Ethics

2011 Year in Review — Ethics

Gifts, fund-raising, lobbying — no shortage of ethics issues.
Return to Sender: Solar Firm Takes Back Wine Gift to Hawaii Lawmakers

Return to Sender: Solar Firm Takes Back Wine Gift to Hawaii Lawmakers

"Token of appreciation" came from SolarCity, a company that testified at the Legislature.
Off the Beat: Time to Just Say No To Gifts?

Off the Beat: Time to Just Say No To Gifts?

That's the best way for Hawaii officials to avoid any perception of influence.
Ethics Panel OKs Free Tix to APEC Events — Again

Ethics Panel OKs Free Tix to APEC Events — Again

Public benefit outweighs Common Cause Hawaii's concern over high-priced tickets.
Hawaii State Ethics Commission