What Do Hawaii Lawmakers Have Against Ethics Code?

Katherine Poythress/Civil Beat

Hawaii has an ethics code, an ethics commission and an ethics commission executive director we at Civil Beat have likened to a new sheriff in town.

The reality is that all three are products of the Hawaii Legislature.

Yet you would have a hard time knowing that from the way lawmakers are acting this session.

Lawmakers seem to want to undercut the very ethics rules they or their predecessors put in place.

You've got to wonder why they're moving to exempt people from the ethics code rather than making sure trust in government is strengthened by making sure people involved in public issues are governed by the ethics code.

But that's what they're doing.

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