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Hawaii Supreme Court opinion appears to undercut full public access to government records

December 13th, 2014 · 5 Comments

Thanks to Honolulu attorney Rebecca Copeland’s “Record on Appeal” blog for calling my attention to a recent Hawaii Supreme Court case with unsettling implications for public access to government documents (“County has no legal duty to maintain records“). Here’s her mini-summary of the case: The case involved property on the Big Island. Molfino purchased the […]

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Tags: Court · Legislature · Planning · Sunshine

Recent coverage of sunshine, ethics

December 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

Here’s a look at recent news coverage of ethics and sunshine law issues. Sunshine “Further weakening of Illinois’ sunshine laws unacceptable”, State Journal-Register Two troubling efforts pending in the General Assembly could weaken the state’s sunshine laws — one by further constricting the definition of what is considered public information, the other by enabling government […]

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Tags: Ethics · Sunshine

OIP finds OHA violated Sunshine Law

November 17th, 2014 · 1 Comment

I’ve got a very early appointment this morning, so won’t have time for a decent post. But I want to credit Henry Curtis for getting the scoop on a new OIP opinion. Henry’s Ililani Media reported that OIP determined the Office of Hawaiian Affairs violated the state’s sunshine law when trustees rescinded a letter sent […]

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Tags: Sunshine

University presidential search, labor negotiations, and other recent sunshine law news

October 12th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Sunday is a good time to review some recent news from across the country about state and local sunshine laws. “UF’s quick pick,” The Gainesville Sun. This editorial criticizes the selection process for a new president at the University of Florida. While there have been five months of public search committee meetings at UF, a […]

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Tags: Politics · Sunshine

Missouri court: Sunshine Law doesn’t require disclosure of university course syllabi

September 3rd, 2014 · 1 Comment

In an interesting sunshine law case, a Missouri appeals court ruled last week that the state’s public records law does not require the University of Missouri to disclose class syllabi prepared by professors. The decision came in a lawsuit brought by a Washington, D.C.-based group, National Council of Teachers Quality, which had argued that the […]

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Tags: Education · Sunshine