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Hawaii Office of Information Practices

Bill Would Set 6-Year Term For Office Of Information Practices Chief Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill Would Set 6-Year Term For Office Of Information Practices Chief

The measure would increase the job security of the director charged with ensuring adherence to Hawaii’s open government laws.

State Agency Proposes Tripling Fees For Access To Public Records Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

State Agency Proposes Tripling Fees For Access To Public Records

The Office of Information Practices says it’s time for state agencies to recoup more of the cost of fulfilling records requests.

Report: Public Records Agency Slower Than Ever With Appeals Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Report: Public Records Agency Slower Than Ever With Appeals

A study by a public interest law firm is critical of the state Office of Information Practices’ handling of public records and open meeting challenges.

Lawsuit Targets Secrecy In Hawaii Tax Change Proposals PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Lawsuit Targets Secrecy In Hawaii Tax Change Proposals

Why did the Ige administration try to change rules on tax refunds and general excise tax licenses? It doesn’t want you to know.

Hawaii Public Records Agency Continues to Struggle With Slim Budget Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Public Records Agency Continues to Struggle With Slim Budget

Gov. David Ige's proposed budget does little to help OIP reduce its caseload or speed up its opinions. The agency has a history of being shortchanged even as its responsibilities grow.
Prying Public Records from Government’s Grip: An Exercise in Patience

Prying Public Records from Government’s Grip: An Exercise in Patience

UPDATED. The Hawaii Office of Information Practices has ruled that Kauai officials should have released the toxicology reports of teens who died in car crashes — four years ago.
Should County Councils Be Free to Meet in Public?

Should County Councils Be Free to Meet in Public?

UPDATED Critics caution that a bill before Hawaii lawmakers would create huge potential for abuse.
A Test Of Hawaii’s Fledgling Public Records Law

A Test Of Hawaii’s Fledgling Public Records Law

The exemption for police disciplinary records has its basis in a 1993 clarification of the law.
Not So Public: Open Records Agency Takes Up Our Appeal, 1 Year Later

Not So Public: Open Records Agency Takes Up Our Appeal, 1 Year Later

Honolulu Police Department had rejected Civil Beat request for information about two cops.
Off The Beat: Open Records Agency Does Public No Favors

Off The Beat: Open Records Agency Does Public No Favors

Hawaii's Office of Information Practices celebrates a new barrier to accessing public records.
Hawaii Office of Information Practices