Monday, March 19, 2012

 

Secret Hawai`i


By Henry Curtis




Hawai`i
Overall grade: 74%  
Rank among 50 states: 10



Hawaii: The story behind the numbers: For years Hawaiian state lawmakers have enjoyed lavish spreads at receptions hosted by groups with business before the legislature. No harm, no foul, right? Wrong.

Hawaii gets an F triple minus in:    Is the right of access to information effective? (30%)

This 30% rating was based on the following analysis:                 

 In practice, state agencies and government officials are not exempt from access to information laws. (50%)

In practice, citizens receive responses to access to information requests within a reasonable time period. (50%)

In practice, the government gives reasons for denying an information request. (50%)

In practice, when necessary, the agency that monitors the application of access to information laws and regulations independently initiates investigations. (50%)

In practice, citizens can use the access to information mechanism at a reasonable cost. (25%)

In practice, responses to information requests are of high quality. (25%)

In practice, citizens can resolve appeals to access to information requests within a reasonable time period. (25%)

In practice, citizens can resolve appeals to information requests at a reasonable cost. (0%)

In practice, when necessary, the agency that monitors the application of access to information laws and regulations imposes penalties on offenders. (0%)

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Comments:

Larry, I wanted to make sure you saw this:

http://bigislandnow.com/2012/03/16/abercrombie-lacks-openness-critics-say/

since your testimony was cited.

-Dave Smith
 


Thank you for that article. Yes, I did see it -- several people forwarded it to me. You have quite a few readers, it seems.
 

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