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Hawaii State Ethics Commission

Ethics Investigation Ends In Penalty Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ethics Investigation Ends In Penalty

Failure to report real property interests results in $300 administrative penalty for Sen. Josh Green.

Hawaii Lawmakers Again Balk At Ethics, Lobbying Reform Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Lawmakers Again Balk At Ethics, Lobbying Reform

Bills to close loopholes and tighten restrictions died mysteriously at the end of the legislative session.

Hawaii Ethics Commission Picks Interim Director Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Ethics Commission Picks Interim Director

More than two weeks after advertising for a new executive director, the commission still awaits a first applicant.

Hawaii AG Investigated Auditor’s Office Before Recent Shakeup Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii AG Investigated Auditor’s Office Before Recent Shakeup

The probe occurred while Jan Yamane was acting auditor, but officials refuse to discuss what it was about and who was involved.

Hawaii Ethics Commission Hiring Director Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Ethics Commission Hiring Director

The former director left to become state auditor, so his successor is being sought.

Les Kondo Confirmed As State Auditor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Les Kondo Confirmed As State Auditor

As state ethics director, he had his run-ins with legislators. But that didn’t stop them from approving him for the new job.

Lawmakers May Replace State Auditor With Ethics Director Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers May Replace State Auditor With Ethics Director

UPDATED: The Hawaii Legislature is expected to vote this month on replacing acting auditor Jan Yamane with Ethics Commission executive director Les Kondo.

A Cool Million Was Spent Lobbying Hawaii Lawmakers In Two Months Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A Cool Million Was Spent Lobbying Hawaii Lawmakers In Two Months

More than 200 organizations have registered lobbyists this legislative session, but it’s tough to tell how they are exerting their influence.

Want To Serve On Ethics Commission? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Want To Serve On Ethics Commission?

The Judicial Council is seeking applicants to serve on the state commission.

‘Good Government’ Measures Take Another Go At Hawaii Lawmakers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘Good Government’ Measures Take Another Go At Hawaii Lawmakers

The Legislature was tough on government reform bills last session. This time, proposals such as all-mail balloting and tougher campaign laws may get traction.

Committee OKs Bill To Shield UH Regents From Revealing Financial Info Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Committee OKs Bill To Shield UH Regents From Revealing Financial Info

Bankers, former regents and contractors supported the measure while the Ethics Commission and University of Hawaii faculty union opposed it.

Ian Lind: Ex-Legislator May Make a Good Ethics Commissioner Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Ex-Legislator May Make a Good Ethics Commissioner

Rey Graulty brings specialized knowledge to his new post, and he’s ready to dig into questionable gift-giving.

State Employees Accept Free Rounds of Golf Despite History of Fines Krzysztof Urbanowicz/Flickr

State Employees Accept Free Rounds of Golf Despite History of Fines

Hawaii’s largest labor union paid the tournament entry fees for two state Department of Transportation workers.

Hundreds of State Employees, Board Members Fail to Report Finances Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hundreds of State Employees, Board Members Fail to Report Finances

The Hawaii State Ethics Commission is working to ensure compliance with financial disclosure laws but many may face fines.

Former Judge Set to Join Hawaii State Ethics Commission Hawaii State Ethics Commission

Former Judge Set to Join Hawaii State Ethics Commission

Reynaldo Graulty will be replacing outgoing member Ed Broglio on the commission.

May 2016

Tuesday, May 24

Ethics Investigation Ends In Penalty

Monday, May 23

Hawaii Lawmakers Again Balk At Ethics, Lobbying Reform

Thursday, May 19

Hawaii Ethics Commission Picks Interim Director

Thursday, May 12

Hawaii AG Investigated Auditor’s Office Before Recent Shakeup

Wednesday, May 4

Hawaii Ethics Commission Hiring Director

April 2016

Friday, April 22

Les Kondo Confirmed As State Auditor

Friday, April 15

Lawmakers May Replace State Auditor With Ethics Director

Thursday, April 7

A Cool Million Was Spent Lobbying Hawaii Lawmakers In Two Months

March 2016

Friday, March 11

Want To Serve On Ethics Commission?

February 2016

Wednesday, February 10

‘Good Government’ Measures Take Another Go At Hawaii Lawmakers

Tuesday, February 2

Committee OKs Bill To Shield UH Regents From Revealing Financial Info

August 2015

Wednesday, August 5

Ian Lind: Ex-Legislator May Make a Good Ethics Commissioner

July 2015

Tuesday, July 28

State Employees Accept Free Rounds of Golf Despite History of Fines

Friday, July 24

Hundreds of State Employees, Board Members Fail to Report Finances

Sunday, July 19

Former Judge Set to Join Hawaii State Ethics Commission

Wednesday, July 8

How Hawaii Lawmakers Spend Up to $13,000 a Year — Each

Wednesday, July 1

A Happy Ending: Release of Public Records Ends Civil Beat Lawsuit

June 2015

Wednesday, June 10

Ian Lind: Ethics Director Survives Political Challenge

May 2015

Wednesday, May 27

Under Fire: Hawaii Ethics Director Defends His Strict Ethical Views

Friday, May 22

Why Is House Speaker Joe Souki Going After Ethics Director Les Kondo?

Wednesday, May 6

Ian Lind: Still No Love for Public Interest Bills at Hawaii Legislature

April 2015

Monday, April 27

Peter Carlisle: Dropping a Dime on Ethics Scofflaws

Wednesday, April 8

Ian Lind: Lobbyist Spending Is Concentrated at the Top

Wednesday, April 1

Civil Beat Database: Checking Up on Top State Officials Just Got a Lot Easier

March 2015

Wednesday, March 18

Board Member Financial Disclosures May Be Released Sooner Than Expected

February 2015

Wednesday, February 25

Hawaii Monitor: Is a Weak Lobbying Law Getting Weaker?

Friday, February 20

No More Free Trips for Hawaii Public School Teachers

Thursday, February 5

30 State Employees Pay Fines for Accepting Free Rounds of Golf

January 2015

Tuesday, January 13

Two State Board Members Fight Release of Financial Disclosure Statements

December 2014

Friday, December 19

Financial Disclosure Debate Moving to Hawaii Supreme Court

Tuesday, December 16

Ige’s Interim AG Follows in Predecessor’s Footsteps by Fighting Disclosure Ruling

November 2014

Wednesday, November 19

Hawaii Attorney General to Appeal Financial Disclosure Ruling

Wednesday, November 12

Court: State Must Release Financial Disclosures for Boards

September 2014

Monday, September 29

Hawaii State Employees Pay the Price for Taking Free Rounds of Golf

Wednesday, September 24

Hawaii Ethics Commission Won’t Budge on Releasing Financial Disclosures

Monday, September 22

Hawaii Ethics Commission Urged to Release Board Members’ Financial Disclosures

July 2014

Thursday, July 31

Four UH Regents File New Financial Disclosure Reports

Wednesday, July 23

Hawaii Ethics Commission Seals Financial Disclosures for Current Board Members

May 2014

Saturday, May 10

Hawaii Grassroots Groups Grab Attention of State Ethics Commission

March 2014

Tuesday, March 25

State Board Members Resist Releasing Financial Disclosure Forms to Public

February 2014

Thursday, February 27

Should Hawaii Let Public Schools Raise Money for Private Nonprofits?

Tuesday, February 25

Lobbyists Would Have to Disclose More Details on Political Spending

Tuesday, February 18

Hawaii Lawmakers Disclose Financial Interests Earlier This Session

January 2014

Friday, January 24

Hawaii Charter School Wants Ethics Commission to Quit Being a ‘Bully’

Saturday, January 18

Accountability, Election Reform Top Good-Government Bill List

Friday, January 17

Ethics Commission: Court Wrong To Toss Charges Against School Employee

July 2013

Thursday, July 11

Azerbaijani Aloha Sends Hawaii Lawmakers Across Planet on Pricey Trip

June 2013

Friday, June 28

Can Too Much Aloha Be a Bad Thing? Ask Hawaii’s Ethics Commission

Thursday, June 27

Hawaii Ethics Commission: You Can’t Hire Yourself Anymore

May 2013

Wednesday, May 15

Hawaii Monitor: Campaign Spending And Ethics Get Tech Upgrades

Thursday, May 9

How One Lawmaker Blocks Hawaii’s Ethics Reform Year After Year

April 2013

Wednesday, April 3

Former Mortgage Task Force Member Still Wants Ethics Cover

February 2013

Wednesday, February 13

Are Hawaii Lawmakers Protecting A Lobbyist From the Ethics Code?

Tuesday, February 12

Ethics Commission Smacks Charter School Employee With $10,000 Fine

January 2013

Thursday, January 31

Lawmakers Weaken Lobbying Bill Over Ethics Commission’s Objections

Thursday, January 24

Lobbying Lessons: What Hawaii Can Learn From Other States

December 2012

Sunday, December 30

Lobbying Reform Is A Tough Sell In Hawaii’s Legislature

Friday, December 28

Is It Time To Beef Up Hawaii’s Lax Lobbying Law?

Thursday, December 20

Hawaii Ethics Commission Sends ‘Ambitious’ Set of Bills to Legislature

Wednesday, December 12

Hawaii Lawmakers Report Receiving Twice as Much in Gifts as Last Year

Tuesday, December 4

State Ethics Commission Resolves the Case of the Missing DVDs

November 2012

Thursday, November 29

Hawaii Ethics Commission: Charter School Workers Are State Employees

Saturday, November 24

Hawaii Ethics Commission Sets Sights On Charter School Employee

October 2012

Tuesday, October 9

Hawaii Ethics Commission Still Missing a Member

July 2012

Monday, July 16

Hawaii Lawmakers Told to Fill in the Pukas

Tuesday, July 10

Who is the Wealthiest Hawaii Lawmaker?

June 2012

Tuesday, June 5

Does Hawaii Have a State Ethics Commission?

April 2012

Monday, April 9

What Do Hawaii Lawmakers Have Against Ethics Code?

March 2012

Monday, March 19

List – Top 3 Areas Where Hawaii Less Accountable Than Other States

List – The 6 States Less Accountable Than Hawaii

Sunday, March 18

Hawaii Has No More Excuses For Not Improving Accountability

Friday, March 16

Hawaii Ranks Near Bottom for Enforcement of Transparency Laws

Wednesday, March 14

Accountability Project: Hawaii Compared With Other States

Civil Beat and the State Accountability Project

All Is Not Sunny When It Comes to Ethics in Hawaii

Grading the Nation: How Accountable Is Your State?

February 2012

Friday, February 10

Legislative Shot at Easing Hawaii Gifts Law Flops

Tuesday, February 7

Leaders or Freeloaders?

January 2012

Friday, January 20

Think Hawaii’s Tough on Ethics? Try Iowa

Wednesday, January 18

Ethics Debate Likely to Center on Gifts Law in 2012 Legislature

Thursday, January 12

Ethics Commission Says Lawmakers Can Pay to Attend ‘Taste of Ag’

December 2011

Friday, December 30

2011 Year in Review — Government Transparency

2011 Year in Review — Ethics

Wednesday, December 21

Return to Sender: Solar Firm Takes Back Wine Gift to Hawaii Lawmakers

November 2011

Wednesday, November 23

Off the Beat: Time to Just Say No To Gifts?

October 2011

Thursday, October 20

Ethics Panel OKs Free Tix to APEC Events — Again

Some Hawaii Teachers Ignore Ethics Code

September 2011

Friday, September 23

Ethics Commission Dismisses Hawaii Teachers’ Complaint Against Gov

Thursday, September 22

Hawaii Ethics Director Responds to ‘Brouhaha’ Over Task Force Members

Thursday, September 8

2 Dozen DVD Gifts to Hawaii Lawmakers Unaccounted For

Saturday, September 3

No Charity At the Ledge? You Better Believe It.

August 2011

Tuesday, August 30

Hawaii Ethics Commission Throws Brushback Pitch at Rookie Lawmaker

Saturday, August 20

The New Sheriff In Town

Thursday, August 4

Most States Don’t Restrict Task Force Lobbying

July 2011

Thursday, July 21

Hawaii Ethics Director: Lawmakers ‘Pushed’ the Line on Gifts

Wednesday, July 13

Most Lawmakers’ Gifts Uniquely Hawaii

Tuesday, July 12

Hawaii Lawmakers Got Free Tickets to Governor’s Inaugural Ball

Friday, July 8

iPad, DVDs Among Gifts From Film Studio to Hawaii Lawmakers

Thursday, July 7

Hawaii Lawmakers Accept More Than $137,000 in Gifts

June 2011

Saturday, June 18

Hawaii Organizations Spent $2.5 million on Lobbying in Four Months

Wednesday, June 15

Speaker Say: Hawaii Legislators Use Good Faith in Voting on Issues

Saturday, June 11

Off The Beat: Lobbyists Spent Money on Hawaii Lawmakers…Somewhere

Wednesday, June 8

Hawaii Lobbyist Disagrees He Crossed Ethics Lines

Tuesday, June 7

Tsutsui Let Lawmaker Vote To Confirm His Own Son

Do Elected Officials With a Conflict of Interest Have a Right to Vote Anyway?

Hawaii Mortgage Task Force Warned on Ethics Conflicts

Friday, June 3

Organizations Spent More Than $1 Million to Lobby in First Two Months of 2011

Sixty Percent of Hawaii Senators Filed Disclosure Reports After Session

No Conflict? Ground Rules in the Hawaii House

Thursday, June 2

Most Hawaii House Reps File Disclosures After Legislative Session

May 2011

Thursday, May 26

When Hawaii Reps Ask, Say Says ‘No Conflict’

Monday, May 9

Hawaii Ethics Commission Hasn’t Issued Advisory Opinion Since 2006

Hawaii State Ethics Commission