Are Conflict of Interest Rules Covering Hawaii's Insurance Commissioner Effective?

Hawaii's insurance commissioner refuses to accept gifts from outside interests, helping the state earn high marks for its conflict of interest rules in the State Integrity Investigation.

Hawaii received an overall F, or 57 percent, grade in the State Insurance Commissions category. That put us in 37th place, tied with North Dakota. Mississippi came in first. At the bottom was Wyoming.

Despite the failing grade, conflict of interest and gift rules — both in law and in practice — were bright points in the analysis.

Overall, the State Integrity Investigation ranked Hawaii 10th after Civil Beat reporters researched 330 “Corruption Risk Indicators” across 14 categories of government. (Click here to learn more about the methodology used for the project.)

Bottom line: Vigilance on the part of Hawaii's insurance commissioner have meant that conflict of interest rules appear to be effective at preventing special interests from influencing the office.

Here's the basis for the 100-percent grade that contributed to the overall 57 percent score in the State Insurance Commissions category. It's your turn to evaluate whether Civil Beat got it right and to share what you think should be done to improve the situation. Share your comments at the bottom of this story.

Here's the first question the State Integrity Investigation asked regarding state insurance commissions.

Are the conflicts of interest regulations covering members of the board and senior staff of the state insurance commission effective?

Overall score: 100%

Here are the criteria Civil Beat used to answer that question and what Civil Beat found.

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