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Posted: Monday, May 5th, 2014 11:43 AM HST

Hawaii County Council deadlocked on ethics bill

By Associated Press

HILO, Hawaii (AP) The Hawaii County Council killed a bill that would have prevented county employees from getting county contracts. The bill would have also prevented companies controlled by county employees, their spouses and children from winning county contracts.

West Hawaii Today reported Mayor Billy Kenoi supported the bill, but the council was deadlocked with four members in favor and four opposed.

Council members supporting the measure say there's a perception that county employees get preferential treatment when it comes to county contracts. They say the measure would help county's credibility.

Dissenters say the mayor hasn't shown a need for the bill.

The bill would have also prohibited elected, appointed officers and employees from lobbying for a company or otherwise representing private interests before county agencies.

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