What’s New

The Office of Information Practices’ OpenLine newsletter for December is now available on the OIP website. This month’s edition tests your knowledge about the Sunshine Law with a short quiz. Check it out and see if you can answer all six questions correctly! Past newsletters are also available on the OpenLine page. Also, spaces have filled fast for OIP’s Workshop Wednesdays on how ...
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MAHALO to those people who responded to OIP’s first-ever survey of its users! While a more detailed summary, along with the survey Response Summary and respondents’ comments are linked below, OIP is pleased to announce that 94.1% (48 of 51) of the respondents reported being satisfied (39) or very satisfied (9) with OIP’s services overall, ...
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Circuit Court Judge Karl Sakamoto orally ruled on November 14, 2011, that the Uniform Information Practices Act (“UIPA”) requires Governor Neil Abercrombie to disclose the names of the judicial nominees who were not selected for appointment to the Hawaii Supreme Court. Until Judge Sakamoto’s written decision is filed, the Attorney General has not decided whether ...
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Agenda and Minutes Workshops

Posted on Nov 8, 2011 in What's New

The state Office of Information Practices (OIP) will be hosting “Workshop Wednesdays” at the State Office Tower in Honolulu to teach Sunshine Law boards how to properly prepare public meeting agendas and minutes. The free, one-hour workshops will be offered to boards’ secretaries, executive directors, and attorneys, who will be asked before the workshop to ...
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The state Office of Information Practices (“OIP”) is pleased to announce that its new“Agenda Guidance for Sunshine Law Boards” is now available on its website at hawaii.gov/oip. The new guide provides Sunshine Law boards with tips and examples of how to craft a good, informative agenda that will withstand OIP’s scrutiny by providing the public with ...
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Maui Seminar November 10, 2011

Posted on Oct 1, 2011 in What's New

The State Office of Information Practices (OIP), in conjunction with the County of Maui, Department of Corporation Counsel and Hawaii State Bar Association’s Government Lawyers Section, is pleased to present a FREE seminar providing useful information for attorneys and non-attorneys about how to comply with Hawaii’s open government laws. OIP will present “Ethical Considerations for Counsel when ...
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Kona Seminar October 21, 2011

Posted on Sep 24, 2011 in What's New

OIP’s seminar in Kona on Friday, October 21, 2011, is being sponsored by the West Hawaii Bar Association at the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. OIP will present “Ethical Considerations for Counsel when Advising Sunshine Law Boards,” for which attorneys may receive 1.0 MCPE credit. To register, please contact Carol Kitaoka ...
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The state Office of Information Practices has issued a memorandum opinion in a case challenging the State Reapportionment Commission’s agendas and members’ participation in its Technical Committee. Based on the specific facts of that case, the ten-page memorandum opinion concludes that the Commission did not violate the Sunshine Law by discussing items on its July ...
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Governor Neil Abercrombie issued Executive Memorandum No. 11-11, which continues the prior practice of posting meeting agendas electronically on the state’s online calendar. Sunshine Law boards, however, are still required by law to provide physical copies of their meeting agendas with the Lt. Governor’s office, at least six calendar days prior to the meeting. As the posting ...
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State Calendar

Posted on Sep 16, 2011 in What's New

Visit the State Calendar to view meeting notices of state boards and commissions. Please note: the State Calendar is maintained by the Department of Accounting and General Services. See Executive Memo 11-11 (September 15, 2011) regarding “Posting Meeting Notices on the State Online Calendar.”