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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

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

A few items of note (Maui lobbying, homelessness, blog ads, and a hacker attack)

July 28th, 2015 · 3 Comments

A few brief items for this morning. • In a column published in the Maui News this week, and reprinted on the Maui County website, County Council Chair Mike White suggests that Maui’s lobbyist law is not being enforced. The law, which dates from 1981, requires any person who is compensated for lobbying either the […]

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Tags: Blogs · Consumer issues · lobbyists · Politics

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