Well, here’s the list of bills passed by the Hawaii State Legislature this session.
Spend some time browsing and suggest your “favorites” for bills, or provisions buried in bills, that seem to run counter to the public interest by promoting secrecy, eliminating public safeguards, damaging the environment, etc, etc.
Leave your comments below, please.
I know Bev Keever and others would put SB2858 on the list. This is the bill that allows agencies to go to court to challenge opinions about public records made by the Office of Information Practices. In my view, the bar is set so high that few agencies will have grounds to appeal. But I know others disagree.
Another reader pointed to SB2115, the new charter school law, which provides in part: “Charter schools and their governing boards shall be exempt from the requirements of chapters 91 and 92.”
That’s apparently a full exemption from the Sunshine Law and the Administrative Procedures Act for charter schools. The bill also establishes a new State public charter school commission, which will be subject to the sunshine law.
In any case, browse the list of bills and chime in.