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State studies social media’s effect on open records law

Hawaii’s open records agency is considering legislation that would define how social media communications between the government and the public should be handled.

Office of Information Practices Director Cheryl Park said in the agency’s newsletter Tuesday that new technologies may require modernization of the state’s open government laws in order to avoid violations of current statutes.

She says she’s seeking input from government agencies and the public to see if changes are necessary.

Park isn’t specifying what new laws may be proposed, but she mentioned Facebook and Twitter communications as one way technology has changed since 1975, when Hawaii’s Sunshine Law was enacted.

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