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Raising the state ethics bar

The State Ethics Commission's powers are limited to enforcing only laws passed by the Legislature

By Daniel J. Mollway

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 24, 2014

~~<p>Since we are in the midst of another legislative session where ethics and lobbying reform legislation seem again to be dead on arrival, some comments about how governmental ethics is handled here in Hawaii are in order to help the public better understand the nature and magnitude of the problems we face &mdash; and perhaps what can be done to better the situation.</p>
<p>Hawaii does, of course, have a State Ethics Commission, created by our state Constitution. The commission regulates ethics for state officials and employees, and lobbying at the state level.</p>
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Since we are in the midst of another legislative session where ethics and lobbying reform legislation seem again to be dead on arrival, some comments about how governmental ethics is handled here in Hawaii are in order to help the public better understand the nature and magnitude of the problems we face — and perhaps what can be done to better the situation.

Hawaii does, of course, have a State Ethics Commission, created by our state Constitution. The commission regulates ethics for state officials and employees, and lobbying at the state level. Login for more...



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