Ethics Commission testimonies go online; commissioners sought

The Hawai‘i State Ethics Commission is posting on its Web site testimonies on various bills before the 2007 Legislature that deal with ethics and lobbying, the two areas administered and enforced by the commission.

“We are posting our testimonies on various ethics and lobbying bills for the benefit of the public,” states a press release from the Ethics Commission.

“Over time, we have learned that individuals also interested in testifying on ethics and lobbying bills are interested in seeing our testimony beforehand. We believe that by posting our testimonies on the Web site, the media and the public will be able to see in advance how the commission will be testifying with regard to a particular bill, and the reasons for supporting or not supporting a particular bill, or parts of a bill.”

To view testimonies, visit www.hawaii.gov/ethics.

Commissioners sought

The Ethics Commission is also seeking two individuals willing to serve on the commission to regulate the ethics of state legislators, officials, and employees, according to another release.

The commission also regulates lobbyists who lobby at the state level.

Applicants must be U.S citizens, residents of the state of Hawai‘i, and may not hold any other public office, the release states.

The current vacancy was left when Boyd T. McCleary resigned last fall. Dr. Carl Morton’s term is set to expire June 30.

Interested persons should submit an application, resume and three letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant’s character and integrity no later than the close of business on March 30 to: Judicial Council, Hawai‘i Supreme Court, 417 S. King Street, Second Floor, Honolulu, HI 96813-2902.

Applications are available at www.courts.state.hi.us and the Public Affairs Office, Room 206-C Ali‘iolani Hale, 417 S. King Street, Honolulu, HI 96813, or by calling the Judicial Council at (808) 539-4702.

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