05-01Posted on Jan 19, 2005 in Formal Opinions
Opinion Letter No. 05-01
January 19, 2005
Downtown Homeless Task Force
The OIP was asked whether the Downtown Homeless Task Force of the City and County of Honolulu (“City”) is a board subject to the Sunshine Law.
The OIP found that the Downtown Homeless Task Force does not “take official actions,” because it does not create recommendations that are to be acted upon by the city. Instead, the members agree on behalf of the various City and non-City organizations they represent to seek solutions to problems identified by the group. In addition, the group is not “required to conduct meetings” because the group does not need a quorum to reach a decision, so its meetings are not “meetings” as the term is defined in the Sunshine Law.
For these reasons the OIP concluded that the Downtown Homeless Task Force is not a board subject to the Sunshine Law.