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Ex-lawmaker in Hawaii bribery case donates to campaigns

Aug. 05, 2022 23:24 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The campaign committee of former Hawaii Democratic state Rep. Ty Cullen, who pleaded guilty earlier this year after taking bribes, donated to two candidates for the state House of Representatives last month. State Campaign Spending Commission data says Friends of...

Ex-Hawaii senator sentenced to 40 months for taking bribes

Jul. 05, 2022 22:20 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A former Hawaii state senator was sentenced to 40 months in prison Tuesday for taking bribes in exchange for shaping legislation while in office. Former Senate Majority Leader J. Kalani English, 55, pleaded guilty to honest services wire fraud in February,...

Hawaii panel discusses proposals for legislative term limits

Jun. 15, 2022 23:39 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A panel created by the state House of Representatives to recommend reforms after two former lawmakers admitted taking bribes discussed proposals to establish term limits for legislators at a meeting Wednesday. The Commission to Improve Standards of Conduct is...

Hawaii lawmakers pass some reforms after bribery scandal

Jun. 10, 2022 21:53 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers this year passed several bills to boost government transparency and promote better lawmaker behavior. But their critics, and some lawmakers themselves, say they still have work to do, especially after a bribery scandal sullied the state Legislature. ...

Hawaii ex-lawmaker gets new sentencing date in bribery case

Jun. 03, 2022 20:18 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A judge has set a new sentencing date for former Hawaii state Rep. Ty Cullen, who earlier this year pleaded guilty to one count in connection with his acceptance of bribes when he was a lawmaker. He’s now due to be sentenced on Oct. 20 instead of July 5. Cullen's...

Panel mulls reforms to improve elected official conduct

Jun. 01, 2022 22:57 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii commission formed to improve standards of conduct for elected officials after a bribery scandal rocked the Legislature this year met Wednesday to discuss ethics-related reform proposals. Robert Harris, a panel member who is also the executive director of...

Hawaii bill promotes zero-emission travel between islands

May. 19, 2022 21:49 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers this year passed legislation creating a working group to develop ways to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions on transportation between the islands. Sen. Chris Lee said at a news conference on Thursday that Hawaii has some of the highest...