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Entries Tagged as 'Ethics'

Lobbyist spending falls in the first two months of 2015

April 8th, 2015 · 1 Comment

I downloaded the latest lobbyist expenditure reports filed with the State Ethics Commission last week, and did a quick review for my column that appears at Civil Beat today (“Ian Lind: Lobbyist Spending Is Concentrated at the Top“). The latest reporting period covered January and February of this year. I found several interesting things. First, […]

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Tags: Ethics · lobbyists · Sunshine

HSTA and DOE agree on TRO blocking latest ethics ruling

March 29th, 2015 · 16 Comments

The Hawaii Labor Relations Board has approved an agreement between the Department of Education and the Hawaii State Teachers Association to defer enforcement of a recent ethics ruling barring candidates for union office from distributing their campaign materials through school mailboxes, according to the attorney representing the union. The labor board approved a stipulated temporary […]

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Tags: Education · Ethics · Labor · Politics

Is union candidate access to school mailboxes an “unwarranted” privilege?

March 26th, 2015 · 4 Comments

I still haven’t gotten my hands on copies of the documents filed in HSTA’s request for a TRO to block a new and far more restrictive interpretation of the state ethics law, or the prohibited practices complaint filed by the union. But it does seem to me that the staff of the State Ethics Commission […]

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Tags: Court · Education · Ethics · Labor

State Ethics ruling triggers two-pronged HSTA legal action

March 25th, 2015 · 3 Comments

I recommend my column at Civil Beat today (“Hawaii Monitor: Ethics Commission Ruling Draws Teachers’ Union Lawsuit“). There’s a story behind the story. It started with the regular monthly meeting of the State Ethics Commission a week ago. I’ve been trying to attend the commission’s meetings when possible, because the agency has been reshaping the […]

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Tags: Court · Education · Ethics · Labor · Media

Ethics ruling stops student trips, at least for now

February 21st, 2015 · 10 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