Show Us The Money: Bill Calls For Early Financial Disclosure

Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Hawaii legislators are required to file public financial disclosure statements by May 31 of each year.

But that falls after the end of the regular legislative session, which usually wraps up business by the first week in May.

That makes it difficult to find out the connections lawmakers might have with groups and issues before the Hawaii Legislature, and whether there are potential conflicts of interests.

Should a lawmaker who works for a company, for example, be allowed to vote on legislation that would impact that company directly?

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