Posted on Feb 28, 2006 in Formal Opinions

Opinion Letter No. 06-01
February 28, 2006
Public Testimony

The Housing and Community Development Authority asked OIP for an opinion on two issues regarding the public’s right to testify at a meeting subject to the Sunshine Law, part I of chapter 92, Hawaii Revised Statutes (“HRS”).

OIP concluded that public testimony on all agenda items may be taken at the beginning of a meeting; however, a board must allow a person to testify on as many of the agenda items as the person wishes. A testifier does not have the right to question board members under the guise of oral testimony.

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