Thursday, April 09, 2015

 

Public locked out of testimony on 13 bills today


by Larry Geller

People be damned

“Let the people be damned.” “Who needs their [deleted] testimony anyway.”

Without adequate notice, the public can’t submit testimony or attend a hearing. I’ve reported on a few of these waivers of notice (and missed many), but today takes the cake.

Waivers were requested for 14 bills (listed below). Did you want to testify on any of those? Har, har, you can’t! But you can be sure, with many of these waivers, that somebody was clueful enough to get their testimony in. Just not Jane or John Q. Public.

84 minute notice

Instead of the required 48-hour notice, the public was given only 84 minutes notice.

These waivers were requested by the Chair of the House Waiver Finance Committee Rep. Sylvia Luke. Rep. Luke seems to be making a habit of shortchanging public participation—see here and here. The last link reveals a request for only 48 minutes notice, not quite a record but stunning nevertheless in its disregard for public participation. And yes, the proponents of the bill at the second link, the assumed future beneficiaries of the appropriation it calls for, were “magically” able to submit testimony on “their” bill. There was, of course, no public testimony on the record, but who’s to know why that happened. Sneaky, huh?

And as I said, I’ve missed a few this session.

Now, in fairness, Rep. Luke could not get away with this if it were not for the approval of the Speaker, Joseph Souki.


Here’s the list of bills with links, in case you might have been interested in some of them:

SB1211 http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=1211&year=2015

SB521 http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=521

SB325 http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=325

SB113 http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=113

SB661 http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=661

SB475  http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=475

SB652 http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=652

SB423 http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=423

SB524 http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=524

SB1305 http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=1305

SB1036 http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=1036

SB304 http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=304

SB1150 http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=1150

SB250  for decisionmaking only at 2:05 p.m. http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=250



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