Rep. Marcus Oshiro recently was criticized for voting on a matter that involved an organization to which he owed a fiduciary duty. [“Controversy shelves Wahiawa health center bill,” Honolulu Star-Bulletin, March 21, 2003]

Oshiro claimed that he had done nothing wrong, arguing that the state’s conflict-of-interests statute applies only to “state officials and employees,” not legislators. As he pointed out, “it says nothing about legislators