By Derrick DePledge
Good government advocates are getting playful.
To call attention to legislative maneuvers such as "gut and replace" and "Frankenstein," Common Cause Hawaii and the League of Women Voters of Hawaii will give a "Rusty Scalpel" award for the most altered bill during the new session.
Good government advocates have complained that the maneuvers can subvert the democratic process. Many lawmakers, however, privately defend the tactics as tools of the legislative trade and occasionally necessary to move legislation that would otherwise die.