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More info released in advance of Carleton Ching confirmation hearing

March 10th, 2015 · No Comments

The amount of publicly available information being released in advance of Wednesday’s confirmation hearing for Carleton Ching has been growing rapidly. Checking the status page for Governor’s Message 514 shows five batches of individual testimony, one batch of organization testimony, and the nominee’s own testimony, basically a rewrite of the resume posted earlier. For those […]

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Tags: environment · Legislature · lobbyists

Two informative items about the Carleton Ching nomination

February 25th, 2015 · 5 Comments

Progressive activist Bart Dame has posted a couple of very interesting items this week about the nomination of Carleton Ching to head the Department of Land and Natural Resources. They are worth sharing. First, he posted a graphic distributed by the Building Industry Association attacking the State Historic Preservation Division of DLNR. Until his nomination, […]

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Tags: environment · Legislature · lobbyists · Politics

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