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The State Office of Information Practices has been hard at work updating its training materials due to statutory changes as well as important new caselaw, which have been described in earlier What’s New articles.  Over the last several days, materials have been newly posted or shifted around on OIP’s website to revise or add the ...
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NEW OPINION SUMMARIES POSTED

Posted on Jul 12, 2019 in Featured, What's New

The state Office of Information Practices (OIP) has posted on its Opinions page at oip.hawaii.gov two new significant opinions—one from the Hawaii Supreme Court and the other from the U.S. Supreme Court—which affect Hawaii’s Sunshine Law and the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), respectively. A unanimous Hawaii Supreme Court provided a detailed analysis of ...
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HAPPY NEW LOG YEAR!

Posted on Jul 2, 2019 in Featured, What's New

  Time for a new Log!  Since the new fiscal year began on July 1, 2018, the Office of Information Practices (OIP) would like to remind agencies to start a new FY 2020 UIPA Record Request Log.  While agencies still have some time to complete record requests that were received through June 30, 2018 and ...
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The state Office of Information Practices (OIP) has posted online summaries of its latest opinions on its Opinions page at oip.hawaii.gov.  The full text of formal opinions are also posted there. OIP Op. Ltr. No. F19-05:  In its first opinion on the issue since the deliberative process privilege was rejected by the majority opinion in ...
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The 2019 legislative session has ended, and here is an update of the open government bills that have passed.  To see the actual proposals, testimony, and legislative status, please go to the Legislature’s website at capitol.hawaii.gov. H.B. 2, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, C.D. 1 –  Relating to the State Budget.  OIP appreciates the $70,000 added ...
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OPINION SUMMARIES POSTED

Posted on Apr 12, 2019 in Featured, What's New

The state Office of Information Practices (OIP) posts online summaries of memorandum opinions on its Opinions page at oip.hawaii.gov.  Here is an overview of recent summaries that were posted. S Memo 19-1:  OIP concluded that ad hoc hiring committees formed by a University of Hawaii (UH) administrator to review applications and recommend potential candidates to ...
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With less than one month left in the legislative session, here is an update of the open government bills that have passed or remain alive for legislative consideration.  To see the actual proposals, testimony, and legislative status, go to the Legislature website at capitol.hawaii.gov. H.B. 2, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, C.D. 1:  Relating to the ...
Read More UPDATE FOR SECOND HALF OF LEGISLATIVE SESSION

One of the duties of the state Office of Information Practices (OIP) is to monitor and testify on legislative proposals and make recommendations to the Legislature.  OIP tracks proposals directly or indirectly affecting the UIPA, Sunshine Law, or open data issues, including proposals on other topics that have confidentiality provisions or exemptions from the UIPA ...
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OIP’ Analysis of the Hawaii Supreme Court’s Majority and Dissenting Opinions Rejecting the Deliberative Process Privilege as an Exemption to Disclosure Under the UIPA (March 1, 2019)   Attachments and Index

On December 21, 2018, a three-member majority of the Hawaii Supreme Court, over a vigorous dissent by two other Justices, reversed the Circuit Court and rejected nearly 30 years of OIP’s opinions recognizing the “deliberative process privilege” (DPP) as a limited form of one of the UIPA’s statutory exceptions.  In Peer News LLC v. City ...
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