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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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LWV pushing for electronic meeting notices

January 16th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Legislature, Sunshine

The League of Women Voters is promoting a draft bill to address deficiencies in Hawaii’s law relating to public notice of meetings subject to the state sunshine law, according to an email I received this week. The purpose of the bill is to require agencies to provide the choice of meeting notices to be sent […]

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Will Abercrombie administration continue to oppose disclosure of judicial nominees?

January 12th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Politics, Sunshine

The House Judiciary Committee will hear a bill this week that would amend the Hawaii State Constitution to require public disclosure of judicial nominees at the same time the list is sent to the governor by the Judicial Selection Commission. The issue has been on the back burner for the past two years, but the […]

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