Hawaii watchdog groups to highlight changed bills

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii government watchdog groups are highlighting bills that have been so drastically amended that they no longer resemble their original purpose.

Common Cause Hawaii and the League of Women Voters of Hawaii have created a new award for these so-called "gut and replace" amendments during the upcoming 2014 legislative session.

The groups cite 2013 session examples, including a measure about the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission but ended up with unrelated language about geothermal energy.

The groups say their "Rusty Scalpel" award is an attempt to curb the practice. The League of Women Voters says it will be using Twitter to highlight the bills.

The groups will announce the most glaring example at the end of the session.

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