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Entries Tagged as 'Sunshine'

Just in time: A new tool to “follow the money” at the legislature

February 24th, 2015 · 3 Comments

The National Institute on Money in State Politics has produced an amazing new tool for tracking campaign contributions that may impact legislative decisions. They call the database “My Legislature.” It’s available for all 50 states. You can go directly to the Hawaii data for the 2015 legislative session, start at the beginning and choose a […]

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Tags: Campaigns · Legislature · Politics · Sunshine

Great resource on Hawaii open meetings and public record laws

February 24th, 2015 · 3 Comments

If you’ve got questions about access to public records and public meetings in Hawaii, look no farther. Here’s your basic, all-in-one source: “OPEN GOVERNMENT GUIDE ???????????????Access to Public Records and Meetings in HAWAII.” Whether you’ve got questions about how to access government records, or want to know what the law says about your right to […]

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Tags: Media · Politics · Sunshine

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