It turns out the conclusion of my column in Civil Beat last week was wrong.
I concluded that since emailed meeting notices aren’t covered by the state’s Sunshine Law, it is perfectly legal for the City Council to send them out late, or even not at all, public complaints notwithstanding.
And, based on published advice of the Office of Information Practices, the simple solution for someone who wants to assure timely receipt of meeting notices and agendas is to request to be put on the snail mail notice list, which is subject to all the protections and remedies of the law.
But here’s what I failed to consider: The City Council stopped mailing those meeting notices years ago and has relied exclusively on email and online posting.
And that, it appears, does violate the Sunshine Law in its current incarnation.
Read the more complete story in my Civil Beat this week, “Hawaii Monitor — Council Notices Don’t Comply with Sunshine Law.”