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Questions about medical marijuana, lobbyists, and lawyers

September 22nd, 2015 · 12 Comments

Executive branch lobbying is going to become a more visible issue over the next few months as the state sets up the system of licensed medical marijuana dispensaries. There will be two stages. Stage one, rule making. Stage two, competition for licenses. Here’s a basic description from a story in Pacific Business News a couple […]

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Tags: Business · Ethics · lobbyists

More back and forth on executive branch lobbying

September 19th, 2015 · 4 Comments

Civil Beat ran an editorial yesterday favoring extending Hawaii’s lobbyist law to cover lobbying of officials in the executive departments, from the governor’s office on down (“Extend Hawaii Lobbying Laws to the Executive Branch“). One of my recent CB columns tackled this subject and called for more regulation in this area in light of the […]

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Tags: Ethics · lobbyists · Media · Politics

Legislator’s tie to NextEra consultant shows gaps in required financial disclosures

September 15th, 2015 · 8 Comments

NextEra Energy recently disclosed the list of consultants it has retained as part of its bid to take over Hawaiian Electric Industries (Honolulu Star-Advertiser, “NextEra spends on firms to help it purchase HEI“). The full list of consultants is contained in a document filed in the ongoing review of the proposed merger by the Public […]

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Tags: Energy · Ethics · Legislature · Politics · Sunshine

A questionable headline and a sunshine law question

September 13th, 2015 · 12 Comments

I hate to sound like I’m defending Al Hee, the engineer and telecommunications executive who was convicted this summer on multiple federal counts of filing false tax returns and concealing payments for personal expenses which had been claimed as business deductions by his company. He is currently appealing the convictions. But the headline on today’s […]

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Tags: Ethics · Media · Sunshine

Lawsuit alleges “inappropriate political influence,” but the lobbyist law doesn’t apply

September 5th, 2015 · 10 Comments

The Star-Advertiser has run a couple of stories this week triggered by the state’s lawsuit against Ciber Inc., a contractor that had been hired to create a new computerized accounting system for the Department of Transportation. The lawsuit alleges that Ciber was unable to provide a working system, was unable to meet benchmark tests and […]

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Tags: Ethics · lobbyists · Politics