What’s New

The State Office of Information Practices is pleased to introduce two new team members:  Administrative Assistant Rae-Lynn Thomas and Staff Attorney Robert Shimizu.  Recognizing OIP’s need to fill these critical positions, Governor David Ige granted OIP rare exceptions from the State’s hiring freeze and OIP wasted no time finding these two great additions to our ...
Read More WELCOME, RAE-LYNN AND ROBERT!

March 5, 2021 was a key deadline to file committee reports for bills that will likely cross over from one chamber to the other of Hawaii’s Legislature by March 11.  While the state Office of Information Practices (OIP) has been monitoring or testifying on over 161 measures, the key bills moving forward that directly affect ...
Read More WHAT’S MOVING AT THE LEGISLATURE

Shortly after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Uniform Information Practices Act (Modified), chapter 92F, HRS (UIPA), was temporarily suspended in its entirety and the Sunshine Law, part I of chapter 92, HRS, was partially suspended by a series of emergency proclamations issued by Governor David Ige. Subsequent proclamations reduced the total UIPA suspension ...
Read More EIGHTEENTH PROCLAMATION RELATED TO THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY

STATE CALENDAR UPDATED

Posted on Feb 18, 2021 in Featured, What's New

The State Office of Information Practice (OIP) is pleased to announce that the State Calendar is being updated to look like other State websites and to be more user friendly. Existing data will be transferred to the new site beginning at 6 p.m. on Sunday, February 21, 2021, and the new State Calendar will be ...
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SAVE YOUR SEMIANNUAL LOGS

Posted on Dec 30, 2020 in Featured, What's New

As calendar year 2020 comes to an end, the state Office of Information Practices would like to remind all agencies that they should close out their fiscal year 2021 semiannual Log reports that are due to OIP by January 31, 2021. All government agencies should close out the first half of the FY 2021 by ...
Read More SAVE YOUR SEMIANNUAL LOGS

The State Office of Information Practices has posted its Annual Report for FY 2020 on the Reports page of its website.  Despite the temporary suspension of its powers due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Governor’s emergency orders, OIP continued to work and ended FY 2020 with the lowest number of pending formal cases in ...
Read More OIP’S FY 2020 ANNUAL REPORT POSTED

The state Office of Information Practices (OIP) congratulates all newly elected and reelected members of Hawaii’s Legislature, county Councils, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA)! This also seems to be an appropriate time to point out that UIPA and Sunshine Law training is available on OIP’s website, along with an archive of past What’s ...
Read More SUNSHINE LAW POINTERS FOR NEWLY ELECTED PUBLIC OFFICIALS

Once again, the State Office of Information Practices (OIP) thanks everyone who provided comments on its proposal to amend the Sunshine Law to allow boards to conduct what have been popularly referred to as “virtual” meetings, which our latest proposal now refers to as “remote” meetings.  OIP has received many good comments, and a third ...
Read More OIP POSTS THIRD DRAFT OF SUNSHINE LAW PROPOSAL

Congratulations to the State Office of Information Practices’ Administrative Assistant, Zoe Abrams, on her marriage!  This joyful news about Zoe, however, means that she has moved to the mainland and has had to leave OIP.  We miss her a lot! Unfortunately, with the State’s hiring freeze and anticipated budget cuts and furloughs, OIP is uncertain ...
Read More GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS (NOT ELECTION NEWS)

The State Office of Information Practices (OIP) thanks everyone who provided comments on potential virtual meeting legislation and has now posted its latest draft and the justification sheet summarizing the proposal on the Legislation page at oip.hawaii.gov. Please keep in mind that this proposal is intended to be a permanent change to the Sunshine Law ...
Read More OIP’S LATEST DRAFT OF VIRTUAL MEETING LEGISLATION

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