What’s New

Despite the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19 and the temporary suspension of its powers, the state Office of Information Practices (OIP) continued to alternate telework with in-office time after reopening its physical office in June and finished FY 2020 with eight new opinions, bringing the total number of opinions written for the year to 24.  The full ...
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2020 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Posted on Jul 7, 2020 in Featured, What's New

On July 6, 2020, the Legislature passed House Bill 285, H.D. 1, S.D. 2, C.D.1, Relating to Public Safety, which amends section 92F-14(b)(4), HRS, of the Uniform Information Practices Act (UIPA) to remove the special exemption from disclosure of suspended county police officers’ disciplinary records.  The bill is pending before Governor David Ige.  Upon enactment, ...
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ANOTHER NEW LOG YEAR!

Posted on Jul 1, 2020 in Featured, What's New

It’s time for all state, county, and independent agencies to start a new Log!  Since the new fiscal year began on July 1, 2020, the Office of Information Practices (OIP) would like to remind agencies to start a new FY 2021 UIPA Record Request Log. Due to the Governor’s emergency proclamations that suspended the deadlines ...
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Two bills supported by the state Office of Information Practices have been advanced during the legislative session that was reconvened on June 22, 2020. Senate Bill 2038, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, Relating to Board Members, was passed by the House Judiciary Committee yesterday.  The original bill would permit two or more board members to attend ...
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HAWAII SUPREME COURT OPINION

Posted on Jun 18, 2020 in Featured, What's New

On June 16, 2020, the Hawaii Supreme Court (Court) issued a unanimous opinion in In Re Office of Information Practices Opinion Letter No. F16-01, which overturned decisions by the Second Circuit Court and Intermediate Court of Appeals (ICA) that had resulted in the dismissal of a complaint challenging a Sunshine Law opinion by the state ...
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OIP’S OFFICE REOPENS

Posted on Jun 5, 2020 in Featured, What's New

Now that the State of Hawaii is in the “Act with Care” stage and offices are allowed to reopen, OIP’s office located at 250 S. Hotel Street, Suite 107, Honolulu will be open from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, except State holidays, effective June 8, 2020.  For everyone’s health and safety, ...
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The state Office of Information Practice (OIP) is pleased to announce that the State Calendar process has been changed to allow the electronic posting of emergency and continued meetings with less than six days’ notice. The Sunshine Law requires notice of meetings of state boards to be electronically posted on the State Calendar.  Although emergency ...
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OIP POSTS 4 NEW OPINIONS

Posted on May 21, 2020 in Featured, What's New

Now that its powers have been restored, the state Office of Information Practices posted three new informal memorandum opinion summaries and the full text of a new formal opinion on its opinions page at oip.hawaii.gov. In  OIP Opinion Letter No. F20-3, OIP concluded that the budget committee of the Honolulu City Council violated the Sunshine ...
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The COVID-19 pandemic, and the possibility of future crises, have changed many things forever, including some ways that government may be conducted.  While the partial suspension of Hawaii’s open records and open meetings laws are temporary until amended or terminated by the Governor’s emergency orders, there could be lasting changes in how the public will ...
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OIP POWERS REINSTATED

Posted on May 6, 2020 in Featured, What's New

Late yesterday, most of OIP’s powers and duties were reinstated by Governor David Ige’s Seventh Supplementary Proclamation issued on May 5, 2020 (SP7), which is now posted on OIP’s website.  SP7 continues to partly suspend both the state’s Uniform Information Practices Act (UIPA) (Chapter 92F, HRS), and the Sunshine Law (Part I of Chapter 92, ...
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