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Ethics ruling stops student trips, at least for now

February 21st, 2015 · 9 Comments

Public school teachers can no longer take all-expense paid free trips when arranging educational travel for groups of students and parents, according to the State Ethics Commission. I described the situation in an article on Civil Beat yesterday (“No More Free Trips for Hawaii Public School Teachers, State Ethics Commission ruling nixes public school educational […]

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Tags: Education · Ethics

Is State Ethics Commission looking to backpedal on “goodwill lobbying”?

February 18th, 2015 · No Comments

One of the items on the agenda for today’s meeting of the State Ethics Commission is a report by Executive Director Les Kondo, which includes a list of “Projects Under Consideration.” The first item: Reconsidering whether “lobbying,” as defined in HRS section 97-1(7) includes “goodwill” or relationship-building lobbying. There’s no indication of what the proposed […]

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Tags: Ethics · Legislature · lobbyists

Flyers at the capitol highlight lobbyist registration requirement

February 17th, 2015 · No Comments

In the wake of the State Ethics Commission’s investigation of violations of the lobbyist law by the Land Use Research Foundation and its executive director, there’s a new effort at the State Capitol to call additional attention to the requirements of the state’s lobbyist law. New flyers highlighting the requirements for lobbyists to register are […]

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Tags: Ethics · Legislature · lobbyists

Expert exemption for lobbying law doesn’t shield paid advocates

February 13th, 2015 · 2 Comments

In Wednesday’s post, I pointed out that the Land Use Research Foundation, a self-described advocacy group that lobbies on behalf of large landowners and developers, reported spending just one-half of 1% of its budget on lobbying-related costs (“Developers’ group reports spending minuscule amount on lobbying“). I commented that this is simply not credible. A reader […]

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Tags: Ethics · Legislature · lobbyists · Politics

Developers’ group reports spending minuscule amount on lobbying

February 11th, 2015 · 3 Comments

Last week, I wrote about the resolution of a State Ethics Commission investigation into lobbying by the Land Use Research Foundation (“Ethics violations by developers’ group adds to questions facing DLNR nominee“). The commission found that Arakawa had lobbied on behalf of LURF from 2008 through 2014, and for most of that time was not […]

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Tags: Ethics · Legislature · lobbyists · Politics