Brian Black

Brian Black is the executive director of The Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest.
Use The County Initiative Process To Create Change In Hawaii PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Use The County Initiative Process To Create Change In Hawaii

In Hawaii, every county provides a process for citizen initiatives. Here’s how to force a citizen vote on a specific issue of concern.

Here’s Why The Police Misconduct Bill Is So Important Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Here’s Why The Police Misconduct Bill Is So Important

Gov. David Ige will end decades of secrecy if he signs House Bill 285. It’s a critical step to bring more transparency and public oversight to police practices.

New Service Helps Public Access Public Records

New Service Helps Public Access Public Records

And it’s free. Because democracy only works if the government operates with reasonable transparency.

Law Center: Timely Access To Public Information Is Vital

Law Center: Timely Access To Public Information Is Vital

The public is the winner when the Office of Information Practices is scrutinized and debated.

Hawaii Is Finally Letting The Sun Shine In Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Is Finally Letting The Sun Shine In

For the first time in 30 years, Hawaii’s Sunshine Law will be expanded to benefit public participation and access.

Hawaii And Honolulu Agencies Really Try To Hide Public Records

Hawaii And Honolulu Agencies Really Try To Hide Public Records

State and city officials frustrate the public and undercut democracy by refusing to release public records or charging absurdly high fees for them.
Hawaii’s Sunshine Law Is Getting Cloudy As Lawmakers Debate Flickr.com

Hawaii’s Sunshine Law Is Getting Cloudy As Lawmakers Debate

Any changes in our open meetings law deserve careful and comprehensive study, not piecemeal special-interest legislation.