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Local support for TMT has been strong for years

While media coverage of the Thirty Meter Telescope has been dominated by images of hundreds of protesters trying to block construction of the project, support for the telescope has been strong throughout the state in recent years. Read more

Ige vetoes REIT and vacation rental tax bills

Ige vetoed 18 other bills that were passed by the Legislature earlier this year, including contentious measures relating to real estate investment trusts, vacation rentals and civil asset forfeitures. Read more

Agencies urge Gov. David Ige to veto civil asset forfeiture reform bill

Law enforcement officials said they’ve implemented key recommendations of a 2018 state audit of Hawaii’s civil asset forfeiture program as they urge Gov. David Ige to move forward in vetoing a bill aimed at reforming the program, which allows police to confiscate property believed to have been used in the commission of certain crimes such as drug offenses and gambling. Read more

Gov. Ige is urged to support property forfeiture reform bill

The battle over a bill that would reform Hawaii’s civil asset forfeiture program — which allows law enforcement to seize cash and property they believe is tied to criminal activity — escalated this week with legislators, civil liberties advocates and supporters of drug reform laws holding a press conference Tuesday at the state Capitol, urging Gov. David Ige not to veto the measure. Read more

Appeals court ruling appears to offer relief to Hawaii farmers

Dozens of Hawaii farmers and ranchers, as well as electrical utilities, likely will be able to continue tapping public water from streams and wells after the end of this year following a long-awaited decision Tuesday by the Intermediate Court of Appeals that helps clarify a legal and regulatory quagmire that gripped the attention of the Legislature this year. Read more

Man died of excited delirium syndrome, expert says in court

Sheldon Haleck, a 38-year-old former Hawaii Air National Guardsman, died four years ago following a chaotic encounter with police officers who pepper-sprayed him about a dozen times and tried three times to shock him with a Taser, all within about five minutes. Read more

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz hires new chief of staff

Einhorn served as Schatz’s senior counsel for technology and communications policy where he focused on issues of data privacy and security, antitrust and intellectual property matters, according to a press release from Schatz’s office announcing the hire. Read more

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