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The state Office of Information Practices has revised the “Notice to Requester” and “Acknowledgment to Requester” forms, which may be found at oip.hawaii.gov/forms. Non-substantive changes were made to the forms and are intended to provide greater clarity.  Agencies are not required to use the forms, but are required to provide a notice or acknowledgement to ...
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2014 SESSION SUMMARY

Posted on May 5, 2014 in Featured, What's New

Here is the Office of Information Practices’ summary of significant bills that it tracked during the legislative session, which ended on May 1, 2014: SB 2249, SD 1, HD 1:  Conforms the level of detail required in a public meeting agenda for the proposed adoption, amendment, or repeal of administrative rules to the level of ...
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The House and Senate conferees yesterday agreed to pass two bills:  HB 2139, HD 1, SD 1, which amends the Sunshine Law’s limited meeting provisions to allow county councils to discuss council business at another board’s or community group’s meeting; and SB 2591, SD 1, HD 1, which requires additional detail in annual reports of police ...
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The Legislature passed Senate Bill 2249, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, which would conform the notice requirements for all agency proposals to adopt, amend, or repeal administrative rules to those found in the Hawaii Administrative Procedures Act, HRS Chapter 91, requiring a statement on the topic of the proposed rules or a general description of the ...
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In a continuing effort to keep people informed of the Sunshine Law’s requirements, OIP has created a new Quick Review: Audio- or Videoconferenced Meetings. The Quick Reviews provide general advice and practical tips on various topics to help agencies comply with the UIPA and Sunshine Law.  Today’s new Quick Review discusses the Sunshine Law’s requirements ...
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The state Office of Information Practices (OIP) continues to shine light on Hawaii’s open government laws with its latest resource, a law review article entitled 2013 Law and Administrative Rules Governing Appeal Procedures of Hawaii’s Office of Information Practices, 36 University of Hawai’i Law Review 271 (Winter 2014).  Written by OIP Director Cheryl Kakazu Park ...
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In honor of Sunshine Week, the state Office of Information Practices (OIP) is pleased to shine light on how state agencies are responding to requests for government records, which are made under Hawaii’s Uniform Information Practices Act (UIPA).  Attached is a preliminary summary in MS Word (and the preliminary summary as a pdf)  based on information ...
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BILLS CROSSING OVER

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 in Featured, What's New

A number of bills relating to the Uniform Information Practices Act (UIPA) and Sunshine Law have survived to cross over to the non-originating house, and four of them are  highlighted in this article. The first is H.B. 2139, H.D. 1, which is a county proposal to add a new permitted interaction to the Sunshine Law ...
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A county proposal to add a new permitted interaction to the Sunshine Law allowing any number of council members to jointly attend any meeting or presentation open to the public was amended to add various restrictions and passed out of the Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs (“PSM”) on February 11, 2014. ...
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SUNSHINE LAW PROPOSALS

Posted on Feb 5, 2014 in Featured, What's New

The State Office of Information Practices has been busy tracking and testifying on numerous legislative proposals.  Coming up for a hearing tomorrow, February 6, 2014, at 3:00 p.m., in conference room 224, before the Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs, is Senate Bill 2962, which would add a new permitted interaction to ...
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