By Derrick DePledge
State Sen. David Ige has called on Gov. Neil Abercrombie not to veto a bill that would make public the financial disclosure statements of members of the University of Hawaii Board of Regents and other state boards and commission.
Ige, who is challenging Abercrombie in the Democratic primary, issued a press release on Thursday. On Friday, the Pearl City Democrat followed up with a fundraising pitch:
I'm disappointed to hear that the governor is considering vetoing Senate Bill 2682, which would require the governor's appointments to more than a dozen key state boards to disclose their financial interests.
I was proud to vote for this legislation, as were all of my colleagues in the Senate and House. Not a single member of the Legislature opposed this bill. As I mentioned in my press release yesterday, the Legislature listened to the many citizens who want a more open government, and I call on the governor to do the same.
I'm proud of the support I've received from residents all across Hawai'i. I believe a transparent government is best for all of us.