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                                <strong>“I’m aware of Mr. Miho’s allegations, and we conducted a thorough investigation. … As with any case that we resolve, matters are investigated thoroughly and fairly, and this matter is now closed.”</strong>
                                <strong>Dan Gluck</strong>
                                <em>Executive director and general counsel, Hawaii State Ethics Commission</em>
State labor supervisor investigated for other allegations

A supervisor with the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations who was recently fined $1,000 by the Hawaii State Ethics Commission also was investigated for accusations that he repeatedly touched a female business owner who was fined $9,400 in 2016 and said he could “fix” the fine if the woman went to dinner with him. Read more

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Hawaii lawmakers move to ban high-capacity rifle magazines

Two House committees Thursday gave preliminary approval to a bill that would ban high-capacity rifle magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition but scrapped a bill that would have made it a petty misdemeanor to possess a loaded firearm while intoxicated. Read more

Bill would raise scrutiny level for fireworks

In response to Hawaii’s annual illegal pyrotechnic displays, two joint House committees moved a bill Wednesday that would raise $300,000 in new fees on shipping containers to create a security program to clamp down on illegal fireworks arriving in the islands for the Fourth of July, New Year’s and Chinese New Year celebrations. Read more

                                Lt. Gov. Josh Green explains homeless projects he has planned. Green’s dream of a statewide system of “kauhale” tiny homes to provide permanent housing for Hawaii’s homeless suffered a setback Tuesday.
‘Kauhale’ housing for homeless suffers setback

Lt. Gov. Josh Green’s dream of a statewide system of “kauhale” tiny homes to provide permanent housing for Hawaii’s homeless suffered a setback Tuesday when two House committees voted to study the concept rather than move out a bill that would have provided $20 million for a one-year pilot program. Read more

Bill would lower legal blood alcohol limit to .05

Hawaii would become only the second state in the country — after Utah — to lower the threshold for drunken driving from the current legal limit for blood alcohol level of .08 to .05 under a bill that moved out of a House committee on Wednesday. Read more

Bill would bar Attorney General from investigating some nonprofits

The state Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs on Tuesday moved out a bill that would prohibit the state Attorney General’s Office from investigating nonprofit organizations such as Kahea: The Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance that face a subpoena from the Attorney General seeking their financial records. Read more

State employee fined for pushing workers to buy cars from friend

The Occupational Health Branch manager for the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations’ Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Division has been ordered to pay a $1,000 penalty for driving two probationary employees on separate occasions to a used car dealership owned by a friend to buy vehicles they were not required to have as part of their jobs. Read more

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