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Legislature and councils could use some sunshine


    Hundreds of government boards and commissions across the state decide issues every day that impact the people of Hawaii. As the Legislature recognized in 1975 when it enacted Hawaii’s open meetings law, the Sunshine Law: “Opening the governmental processes to public scrutiny and participation is the only viable and reasonable method of protecting the public’s interest.”

Still stinging over the passage of a rail finance package that assessed a new tourist tax statewide, the Kauai and Maui county councils passed resolutions urging state lawmakers to apply the state’s Sunshine Law on open meetings to themselves. Read more

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