All Is Not Sunny When It Comes to Ethics in Hawaii03/18/2012
For years Hawaii state lawmakers have enjoyed lavish spreads at receptions hosted by groups with business before the legislature. No harm, no foul, right?
In the Aloha State, when big feeds and free drinks are involved, controversy is close behind. There’s a new ethics sheriff in town — and he's stirred up controversy with his view that lawmakers have no business accepting freebies without a "state benefit." In other words, it's fine to attend educational events for free, but not to accept gifts of tickets to events that are primarily social, with open bars and fancy appetizers.