Today Honolulu Civil Beat posted an in-depth look at how state Senator Clayton Hee, D-Kaneohe–who recently warped a bill seeking to make permanent Hawaii’s media shield law into perverse anti-reporter junk and contributed more to destroying our state’s legal protections for journalists than anyone else in the Legislature–is also no fan of state ethics laws or Hawaii Ethics Commission executive director Les Kondo:
A powerful state senator is blocking efforts to strengthen Hawaii’s ethics and campaign spending laws, state officials and nonprofit leaders say.
They point to Sen. Clayton Hee, chair of the Judiciary and Labor Committee, as the major roadblock to good government and political reform laws.
Anyway, the Civil Beat story (written by Nathan Eagle) is quite long and detailed and, of course, nauseating. Click here to read it.
And if you’d like to know more about Hee’s troubles with State of Hawaii ethics regulations, check out this killer May 2011 blog post from investigative reporter Ian Lind (who, like MauiTime, is a source of free news and thus not an actual “news organization,” according to Hee) on how Hee wasn’t filling out mandatory ethical disclosure reports until Lind wrote about it.
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