The state Office of Information Practices has posted its latest formal opinion letter on its Opinions page at oip.hawaii.gov. In Op. Ltr. No. F18-01, OIP concluded the Commission of Water Resources Management (CWRM) was not engaging in adjudicatory functions exempt from the Sunshine Law when it went on site visits and heard presentations, and CWRM thus violated the law’s requirements to allow public testimony and prepare written minutes, and may have also violated the law if board business was discussed during transit and at lunch. OIP noted that CWRM could have properly conducted the site visits (but not the presentations) as a limited meeting under section 92-3.1, HRS, but had not followed the statutory procedures to do so.
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