A Good Day For Good Government, Mostly

Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Imagine this in Hawaii's not-too-distant future:

• Candidates for the Legislature could reject special interest money and fully disclose financial interests at the beginning of session.

• Elections officials would protect absentee ballots and allow residents to register to vote on election day.

• Candidates would have to actually live in the district they want to represent, not just maintain a home there.

• The public could help weed out conflicts of interest among members of key state boards based on financial disclosure reports.

It's not a dream. Hawaii lawmakers moved on measures Tuesday that would make all of that a reality.

Call it a good day for good government.

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