Hawaii House speaker favors tough penalties to deter bribery

  • House Speaker Scott Saiki speaks to reporters at the Hawaii State Capitol in Honolulu on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022. The speaker of Hawaii’s House of Representatives said he supports stronger ethics laws and penalties to prevent bribery at the Legislature after federal prosecutors this week alleged two former lawmakers took bribes in exchange for shaping legislation while in office. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

HONOLULU — The speaker of Hawaii’s House of Representatives said Wednesday he supports stronger ethics laws and penalties to prevent bribery at the Legislature after federal prosecutors this week alleged two former lawmakers took bribes in exchange for shaping legislation while in office.