Latest on the Akaka Bill

By , December 17, 2009 8:20 pm

Latest on the Akaka Bill

There have been many shady dealings with Senators Akaka and Inouye lately. So far the Akaka Bill is unavailable to the public until sometime next week after mark ups.

That seems very shady.

Hawai’i’s Sunshine Law is from Florida’s Sunshine Law, Chapter 286 which was created in 1967:

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=Ch0286/titl0286.htm&StatuteYear=2006&Title=-%3E2006-%3EChapter%20286

For Hawaii it’s in Chapter 92:


In a democracy, the people are vested with the ultimate decision-making power. Governmental agencies exist to aid the people in the formation and conduct of public policy. Opening up the governmental 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 governmental agencies -shall be conducted as openly as possible. To implement this policy the legislature declares that:

(1) It is the intent of this part to protect the people’s right to know;

(2) The provisions requiring open meetings shall be liberally construed; and

(3) The provisions providing for exceptions to the open meeting requirements shall be strictly construed against closed meetings. [L 1975, c 166, pt of §1]

From http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol02_Ch0046-0115/HRS0092/HRS_0092-0001.htm


Where is the transparency in our government?

What are they hiding?