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OUR VIEW: LEGISLATURE 2014


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Preserve open government


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 14, 2014

~~<p>The bedrock importance of open government is articulated eloquently in our Hawaii Revised Statutes &mdash; in part one of Chapter 92, the Sunshine Law that requires open public meetings, and again in Chapter 92F, the Uniform Information Practices Act, which mandates access to government records, tempered by government employees' right to a certain amount of privacy.</p>
<p>Both laws begin like this: &quot;In a democracy, the people are vested with the ultimate decision-making power. Government agencies exist to aid the people in the formation and conduct of public policy. Opening up the government processes to public scrutiny and participation is the only viable and reasonable method of protecting the public's interest. Therefore the Legislature declares that it is the policy of this state that the formation and conduct of public policy &mdash; the discussions, deliberations, decisions, and action of government agencies &mdash; shall be conducted as openly as possible.&quot;</p>
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The bedrock importance of open government is articulated eloquently in our Hawaii Revised Statutes — in part one of Chapter 92, the Sunshine Law that requires open public meetings, and again in Chapter 92F, the Uniform Information Practices Act, which mandates access to government records, tempered by government employees' right to a certain amount of privacy.

Both laws begin like this: "In a democracy, the people are vested with the ultimate decision-making power. Government agencies exist to aid the people in the formation and conduct of public policy. Opening up the government processes to public scrutiny and participation is the only viable and reasonable method of protecting the public's interest. Therefore the Legislature declares that it is the policy of this state that the formation and conduct of public policy — the discussions, deliberations, decisions, and action of government agencies — shall be conducted as openly as possible." Login for more...



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