Thursday, April 26, 2012

 

Prof. Beverly Keever on the legislative attack on Hawaii’s freedom of information act


by Larry Geller

Beverly Keever has written Freedom Of Information At Stake In Legislature (Civil Beat, 4/26/2012) on the sad situation around SB2858, the administration bill that would undo much of the Hawaii public’s access to information, setting the clock back 24 years. A snip:

Rather than relying on a informal dispute resolution process, the legislation advocated by the governor would permit—perhaps even invite—litigation that entangles competing taxpayer-funded government attorneys in court actions.
 
The Office of Information Practices (OIP) was established as part of FOIA 24 years ago and was “intended to provide a place where the public can get assistance on records questions at no cost and within a reasonable amount of time.”

Click on the link above and read Prof. Keever’s excellent article.

And then take action. Time is short. You can reach all senators at sens@capitol.hawaii.gov and all representatives at reps@capitol.hawaii.gov.

For those who have followed the saga of the Governor’s firing of the previous OIP director etc., it’s reasonable to ask why the current director is working so hard to undermine the very reason her office exists.



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