Saiki has empowered the House to be a much-needed political player this year. But concerns about his methods and his ultimate goal are growing.
Both lawmakers will pay the state $250 for “likely” violation of the Fair Treatment Law.
Scott Saiki says a committee will be formed to help secure the state’s financial viability in light of COVID-19.
The state House adjourned while highlighting its successes. The Senate, meanwhile, is left reflecting on its compromises and splits.
In the 2019 session many administration bills died, programs got less funding than sought and nominees faced tough grilling.
Critics say more people should get to weigh in on developing the new recommendations and the process should be more transparent.
Top Hawaii House and Senate leaders have given out nearly $200,000 to other candidates since 2006.
Supporters say current requirements discourage volunteers, but opponents say they help prevent conflicts of interest.