Ethics Commission Gives Senators OK for Taiwan Trip12/10/2010
Next Tuesday, seven Democratic state senators will leave for a weeklong visit to Taiwan for meetings, tours and conferences.
The $5,000 trip — for coach airfare, hotel costs and ground transportation — will be paid by the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The focus of the trip is international relations, trade, energy and tourism, and the Hawaii State Ethics Commission has given the senators its blessing.
"We have determined that the acceptance of this offer is permissible under the State Ethics Code, chapter 84, Hawaii Revised Statues," staff attorney Nancy Neuffer wrote to Sen. Will Espero on Dec. 7, who requested the advice on the trip.