So the state Legislature went back into session this week, and that means a steady stream of news over the next few months about new bills that may or may not improve our lives. One of the earliest out of the gate is House Bill 1738, which deals with police body cameras–a subject near and dear to our hearts. The Maui Police Department flirted with body cameras last year, and … [Read more...] about Hawaii state Legislature opens with new bill on police body cameras
Yeah, we can't believe it either: Senate Bill 497 "Repeals the privacy exemption within the Uniform Information Practices Act [UIPA] for county police department officers," according to the bill text. It was introduced on Jan. 23 by small handful of state Senators, including Maui's own Roz Baker, D–South Maui. Myriad organizations have already submitted testimony in favor of … [Read more...] about Surprise! Hawaii police union opposes new bill that would make public the names of disciplined cops
There's no white smoke pouring out of the Maui Police Department's Wailuku headquarters, but the Maui Police Commission has nonetheless just elected a new pope–er, police chief–and his name is Tivoli Faaumu. That's right, kids: the commission opted to go ABC–"anyone but Clayton–and opted to ignore Deputy Chief Clayton Tom (retired Chief Gary Yabuta's preferred successor) in … [Read more...] about Maui County Police Commission Chooses Capt. Tivoli Faaumu To Be New MPD Chief
1. The U.S. House of Representatives approved HR 1771, co-sponsored by Congressmember Tulsi Gabbard, D–Hawaii, on July 28. The bill levies sanctions on which nation? A. Russia B. Iran C. Syria D. North Korea E. All of the above 2. On July 27, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser handed out its endorsement for Hawaii Governor. Who did the paper endorse? A. Democrat Neil … [Read more...] about Quizunderstood: How well do you know HR 1771?
That's right, folks: Tenari Ma'afala, the head of the all-powerful state police union who has worked long hours to make sure Hawaii residents aren't able to see the disciplinary records of active duty cops and who loathes our state's new law legalizing same-sex marriage so much that he testified before the state Legislature last year that he would refuse to enforce it has … [Read more...] about SHOPO Endorses Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa For Reelection