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Conference negotiations on “Democracy bills” set for this afternoon

April 17th, 2014 · No Comments · Elections, Legislature, lobbyists, Politics, Sunshine

A series of “democracy” bills identified by the public interest lobby, Common Cause Hawaii, will be considered this afternoon by a House-Senate conference committee in room 325 at the State Capitol. A legislative alert from CCH provided the following bill digest, including the organization’s positions on each bill. BILL DIGEST Below is a digest of […]

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State Ethics Commission beefs up online access to lobbyist info, financial disclosures, & other data

April 16th, 2014 · No Comments · Ethics, lobbyists, Sunshine

The State Ethics Commission has significantly expanded online public access to various disclosure reports filed with the commission by lobbyists, organizations that hire lobbyists, as well as elected and appointed public officials. The much improved access arrived without fanfare as part of the commission’s redesigned website. I’m just exploring the extent of the improvements! The […]

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County councils making progress on cutting sunshine law restrictions

March 10th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Legislature, Politics, Sunshine

The Office of Information Practices is concerned about bills requested by the counties that to loosen or remove the restrictions on multiple members of a board covered by the state’s sunshine law attending meetings sponsored by other groups. County council members, for example, complain the existing sunshine law restrictions prevent members from sitting in on […]

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String of OIP opinions require court settlements involving state or counties to be public

February 15th, 2014 · 10 Comments · Court, Sunshine

When a settlement in the lawsuit alleging churches have for years underpaid for use of Department of Education facilities by millions of dollars, details of the settlement were not publicly available. On February 4, the Star-Advertiser reported: Under terms of the settlement, no other details were released, he said. A representative of the Foursquare Hawaii […]

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Many state agency websites still earn failing grades

January 29th, 2014 · 6 Comments · Sunshine

The state has been giving a lot of money and lip service to providing a more robust online presence. A number of state websites have been given a new look and feel. But are they any more useful to citizen activists looking to participate in the political process and hold government accountable? What’s important here […]

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