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Entries Tagged as 'Sunshine'

Check out the Ohio Coalition for Open Government

October 3rd, 2015 · 1 Comment

Advocates of transparency and openness in government might want to check out the Ohio Coalition for Open Government, which provides an example how to press for more sunshine. The group’s website provides this description: The Ohio Coalition for Open Government (OCOG) is a tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) corporation established by the Ohio Newspapers Foundation in June […]

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Tags: Media · Politics · Sunshine

Suggestions sought on handling of broad freedom information requests

September 23rd, 2015 · 6 Comments

I received an interesting question/comment from a friend at UH regarding Freedom of Information Act requests. My friend wrote: UH is starting to see a number of really broad-based FOIA requests (“send us all emails and invoices regarding x”, where x is a broad subject. This seems to be evolving into a weapon rather than […]

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Tags: Education · Sunshine

Legislator’s tie to NextEra consultant shows gaps in required financial disclosures

September 15th, 2015 · 8 Comments

NextEra Energy recently disclosed the list of consultants it has retained as part of its bid to take over Hawaiian Electric Industries (Honolulu Star-Advertiser, “NextEra spends on firms to help it purchase HEI“). The full list of consultants is contained in a document filed in the ongoing review of the proposed merger by the Public […]

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Tags: Energy · Ethics · Legislature · Politics · Sunshine

A questionable headline and a sunshine law question

September 13th, 2015 · 12 Comments

I hate to sound like I’m defending Al Hee, the engineer and telecommunications executive who was convicted this summer on multiple federal counts of filing false tax returns and concealing payments for personal expenses which had been claimed as business deductions by his company. He is currently appealing the convictions. But the headline on today’s […]

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Tags: Ethics · Media · Sunshine

Maryland appeal court blocks public disclosure of police misconduct records

June 29th, 2015 · No Comments

An unfortunate decision by the Maryland Court of Appeals on Friday concluded “that “an officer’s right to privacy outweighs the public interest in police transparency.” The case is of immediate interest here because a similar case involving disciplinary records of the Honolulu Police Department is now awaiting a decision by the Hawaii Supreme Court. According […]

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Tags: Court · Politics · Sunshine