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Hawaii Legislature Should Not Mess With Our Public Records Law Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2017

Hawaii Legislature Should Not Mess With Our Public Records Law

The Office of Information Practices is once again trying to reverse its defeat in court in order to impede the people’s right to know.

$600M Homestead Package Marks ‘Banner Year’ For Native Hawaiians At The Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

$600M Homestead Package Marks ‘Banner Year’ For Native Hawaiians At The Legislature

Amid historic funding agreements for Hawaiians, lawmakers race to reach a compromise on dozens of measures ahead of key legislative deadlines.

Open Government Commission Releases Recommendations On Legislative Bills Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Open Government Commission Releases Recommendations On Legislative Bills

The Commission to Improve Standards of Conduct is expected to delve deeper into government transparency issues later this year.

Bill To Limit Public Access To Government Records Is Dying In The Senate Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Bill To Limit Public Access To Government Records Is Dying In The Senate

Sen. Karl Rhoads says he won’t consider the measure, but lawmakers are poised to create a working group to consider the controversy.

Let’s Remove Obstacles That Keep Citizens From Getting Government Records Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat/2013

Let’s Remove Obstacles That Keep Citizens From Getting Government Records

Some bills before the Legislature would help — for instance, by reducing copying fees. Others are bad ideas that would blow holes in the public’s right to know.

Some Hawaii Agencies Are Pushing A Bill That Would Limit Public Access To Government Records

Some Hawaii Agencies Are Pushing A Bill That Would Limit Public Access To Government Records

The bill would roll back a Hawaii Supreme Court ruling that opened up many records to the public, including draft documents and records that show how an agency came to a decision.

Government Boards Struggle To Adapt To Hawaii’s New Open Meetings Law Screenshot/2020

Government Boards Struggle To Adapt To Hawaii’s New Open Meetings Law

Meanwhile, the Legislature is considering further changes to the Sunshine Law, including requiring that video livestreams be archived.