Prosecutors: Two lawmakers took bribes to steer bills

  • FILE - Senate Majority Leader J. Kalani English speaks to reporters on opening day of the state Legislature at the state Capitol in Honolulu, Jan. 16, 2019. Former Hawaii state Sen. English took bribes, including at least $15,000 cash and Las Vegas hotel rooms in exchange for shaping cesspool legislation that would benefit a business owner, according to federal allegations filed in court on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy, File)

HONOLULU — A Hawaii state senator and a state representative took bribes including envelopes of cash, Las Vegas hotel rooms and New Orleans casino chips in exchange for shaping cesspool legislation, according to federal allegations filed in court Tuesday.