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3:36 p.m. Sunshine Complaint Filed Over Reapportionment

Blogger Larry Geller has filed a complaint with the Office of Information Practices alleging that the 2011 Reapportionment Commission has violated state Sunshine Law.

Geller has five concerns, including that the committee formed to draw political district boundary lines operates out of public view and that the commission did not properly notify the public regarding agenda items about counting non-resident military and students.

In a related matter, OIP on July 12 issued an opinion that the Reapportionment Commission is subject to the Sunshine Law.

The OIP opinion was requested in May by Common Cause Hawaii.

1:48 p.m. CNN’s Crowley at Western Legislative Conference

Featured speakers at the Western Legislative Conference next weekend include CNN’s Candy Crowley, Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Patrick Walsh and futurist Joel Kotkin.

It takes place July 30 to Aug. 2 at the Sheraton Waikiki as part of the 64th annual meeting of the Council of State Governments.

The Hawaii Legislature is the host this year for the conference, which rotates among member states.

Ethics Commission Meets Behind Doors

The State Ethics Commission is likely to invoke executive session to handle a number of agenda items today.

The items include consideration of action regarding 2011 gift disclosure filings, 2011 financial disclosure filings, discussion of gifts guidelines, air travel and hiring of relatives.

Schatz Goes to China

The lieutenant governor is meeting today with officials in Beijing.

The focus is on building ties for the upcoming APEC Leaders meeting in November and an Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit in Hawaii.

Mazie on Magazine Cover

The July issue of Hawaii-based Mahogany magazine (“Covering People of Color”) has Mazie Hirono on the cover.

It’s a glowing puff piece.

Excerpt:

She is an example of a politician serving the people and not herself, making government work for the people. In today’s world where politicians are caught up in financial, ethical and texting scandals, she is a breath of fresh air.”

Neighbor Isle Gov’t News

Haleakala telescope case turns to Native Hawaiian access

Ag Dept investigation aims to keep Maui bees flying

Kauai County mulls Charter Review Commission’s future

Judge tells UH-Hilo students to graduate or serve jail time


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