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State Ethics Commission beefs up online access to lobbyist info, financial disclosures, & other data

April 16th, 2014 · No Comments · Ethics, lobbyists, Sunshine

The State Ethics Commission has significantly expanded online public access to various disclosure reports filed with the commission by lobbyists, organizations that hire lobbyists, as well as elected and appointed public officials. The much improved access arrived without fanfare as part of the commission’s redesigned website. I’m just exploring the extent of the improvements! The […]

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More on the question of legislative conflicts

April 14th, 2014 · 8 Comments · Ethics, Legislature, Politics

If you keep track of blog comments, you may have noticed that some folks strongly disagreed with my post here on Friday (“Ethics law doesn’t support complaint against Rep. Luke“). Here’s a comment that came in yesterday: Ian, please take a look at the House Rules, pages 49-51 (rules 60.2, 60.4(1) and (6), 60.5, 60.6. […]

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Ethics law doesn’t support complaint against Rep. Luke

April 11th, 2014 · 5 Comments · Ethics, Legislature, Politics

Supporters of outdoor recreation yesterday filed an ethics complaint against House Finance Chair Sylvia Luke, alleging the lawmaker faces a conflict of interest because of her private employment as a personal injury attorney. But the state ethics law, on its face, doesn’t appear apply to Luke’s legislative actions. At issue is SB1007, a bill that […]

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House Speaker reports boost in Hawaiian Electric stock ownership

March 12th, 2014 · No Comments · Ethics, Legislature

House Speaker Joe Souki owns stocks worth between $50,000 and $100,000 in Hawaiian Electric Industries, which counts among its subsidiaries the electrical utilities on Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii Island, along with American Savings Bank. This appears represent a substantial boost in the number of HEI shares owned since Souki last reported his stock holdings in […]

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Policy issues left unresolved in Awana extortion case

February 18th, 2014 · 5 Comments · Business, Campaigns, Ethics, Politics

The reappearance in politics of Bob Awana, former chief of staff in Governor Linda Lingle’s administration, noted here yesterday, is a reminder of the laundry list of issues that were left unresolved by his 2007 resignation. Here’s a brief reminder of the issues that were raised by allegations aired during prosecution of an extortion case […]

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