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Transparency legislation proposed in Hawaii.

2011

The Republican Caucus in the Hawaii House of Representatives introduced three resolutions which encourage timely public review of legislation. The resolutions include a request that the House of Representatives broadcast more legislative proceedings, such as committee hearings, and post them on the Capitol website. The second resolution proposes an extension of the time for public notice of committee hearings from 48 to 72 hours. The third resolution urges the legislature to post all amendments to bills and resolutions online immediately in instances when hard copies of the amendments or amended legislation are distributed at committee hearings.[1]

2009

House

House Bill 496[2] seeks to require the legislature to follow the sunshine law. Companion bill is SB 681.

House Bill 1088[3] Expands ability of a board or commission to facilitate public meetings through available interactive conferencing technology. Companion bill is SB 906.

House Bill 1146[4] would allow board or committee members to hear public testimony and presentations scheduled for a public meeting even if the meeting is canceled due to lack of quorum.

House Bill 1148[5] Authorizes the electronic filing of meeting notices on the state calendar. Companion bill is SB 966.

House Bill 1530[6] would allow fees for public records to be waived if the Office of Information Practices judges that it would serve the public interest. Companion bill is SB 1646.

House Bill 1596[7] would apply the "sunshine law" law to administrative and other nonjudiciary functions of the judiciary. Companion bill is SB677.

Senate

Senate Bill 496[8] Clarifies the functions, duties, and roles of the charter school review panel in the administration and operation of charter schools, and improves fiscal and budgetary accountability. Clarifies that the panel is subject to the requirements of the sunshine law.

Senate Bill 677[9] would apply the "sunshine law" law to administrative and other nonjudiciary functions of the judiciary. Companion bill is HB1596.

Senate Bill 681[10] seeks to require the legislature to follow the sunshine law. Companion bill is HB 496.

Senate Bill 906[11] Expands ability of a board or commission to facilitate public meetings through available interactive conferencing technology. Companion bill is HB 1088.

Senate Bill 966[12] Authorizes the electronic filing of meeting notices on the state calendar. Companion bill is HB 1148.

Senate Bill 1646[13] would allow fees for public records to be waived if the Office of Information Practices judges that it would serve the public interest. Companion bill is HB 1530.

Senate Bill 1658[14] Makes clarifying amendments related to permissible interactions of board members and notice requirements of continued board meetings.

The status of these bills can be followed here: Hawaii State Legislature Bill Status and Documents.

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