Hawaii ethics panel fines state workers over free golf

Hawaii ethics panel fines state workers over free golf

HONOLULU (AP) - Nine current and former Hawaii state employees accused of accepting free golf games from contractors and others doing business with their agencies have agreed to pay a total of almost $35,000, under a decision by the state Ethics Commission.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that in exchange for the $34,800 in administrative penalties imposed, the commission will not pursue further actions against the nine. The commission's report on the case was issued Monday.

The commission says all nine of the workers were in jobs making them responsible for selecting contractors.

Gov. David Ige says his administration will look at recent procurements involving the workers named in the report.

Commission executive director Les Kondo says the report concludes an investigation that originally focused on one worker.

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