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Entries Tagged as 'Sunshine'

Judiciary responds to question of fees for online access to court documents

August 29th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Judiciary spokesperson, Marsha Kitagawa, responded to Wednesday’s post regarding the cost to the public of digital files from cases before the Intermediate Court of Appeals and the Hawaii Supreme Court (“Reasonable cost for public documents delivered in electronic form?“). It’s a long response. I’ll walk through my comment on certain points Kitagawa raises, and provide […]

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Tags: Court · Sunshine

Reasonable cost for public documents delivered in electronic form?

August 27th, 2014 · 8 Comments

What’s a reasonable charge for copies of public records delivered as digital pdf files? And when those files originated in digital form, rather than as paper documents that need to be scanned, should that be reflected in the price the public is asked to pay? These questions are what came to mind when I belatedly […]

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Tags: Court · Media · Sunshine

Locating complaint procedures & info on the HPD website

August 20th, 2014 · 3 Comments

The actions of the police are very much in the news these days, from the police shooting and subsequent street protests in Ferguson, Missouri, to the recent series of fatal police shootings here in Honolulu. David Johnson, a UH Professor of Sociology who specializes in the study of criminology, law and social policy, addressed the […]

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Tags: Politics · Sunshine

Criminal charges filed over sunshine law violations by Florida board members

July 21st, 2014 · 1 Comment

Floridians take their Sunshine Law seriously. At least that’s what I thought after seeing a news article describing the recent indictments of a former state representative and several transportation officials for sunshine law violations (“Expressway investigation finds 4 Sunshine Law violations“). Yup. Indictments returned by a grand jury. The alleged sunshine law violations involved secret […]

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Tags: Court · Politics · Sunshine

Conflicts can lurk among undisclosed clients

July 8th, 2014 · 4 Comments

Here’s one of those areas where the state’s ethics law falls short. State officials file personal financial disclosures every year, the same disclosure requirement that was recently extended to a number of the most important boards and commissions. The first item required to be disclosed are sources of income. Here’s what the law says [Section […]

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Tags: Ethics · lobbyists · Politics · Sunshine