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Money & Influence 07.3.2014

Abercrombie Decides Not to Veto Public Financial Disclosure Bill

The Hawaii law will take effect July 8, but questions over how it will apply to existing board members remain unanswered.

Money & Influence 07.3.2014

Hawaii financial disclosure bill will become law

HONOLULU (AP) - Gov. Neil Abercrombie says he will let a financial disclosure bill become law without his signature.


Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie Kicks And Screams As He Lets Financial Disclosure Bill Become Law

So yesterday Governor Neil Abercrombie announced that he was rescinding his earlier intention to veto SB 2682–which adds to the list of public officials whose Financial Disclosure Statements are considered public documents–and will let the bill become law without his signature (the bill unaminously passed the Legislature). Abercrombie had earlier told Honolulu Civil Beat that the disclosure of those forms would be detrimental to women, but this op-ed from the League of Women Voters demolishes that argument.

Money & Influence 07.3.2014

Financial disclosures will widen

Gov. Neil Abercrombie says he will allow pending legislation to become law that adds members of 15 state boards and commissions to the list of public officials whose financial interests are publicly disclosed.

Voting & Elections 07.3.2014

New law expands voter registration at polls

With the state's voter turnout foundering among the lowest in the nation, a measure signed into law Monday by Gov. Neil Abercrombie could boost the state's rating by as much as 10 points by 2018, advocates say.

Voting & Elections 07.1.2014

Hawaii adopts Election Day voter registration

Hawaii's House Bill 2590, which was introduced by Maui representative Kaniela Ing, was signed by Governor Neil Abercrombie today. HB2590 establishes voter registration at absentee polling places beginning in 2016, and adds voter registration at precinct polling places on Election Day, beginning in 2018.

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