Saturday, August 06, 2011

Hawaii Open Records Agency Lets Public Down

"There's something terribly wrong in Hawaii when it comes to public records — and it's time something is done about it.


* The head of the Office of Information Practices was fired by Gov. Neil Abercrombie after issuing an opinion he didn't agree with. When Civil Beat and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser appealed his refusal to release the names of judicial nominees as she had said was required under the law, the new director said it would be 'futile' to issue another opinion.
* The Honolulu Police Department has kept the names, salaries and job titles of its officers secret for about a year, even though the law clearly requires that such information be made public except when it involves current and former undercover officers. Mayor Peter Carlisle refuses even to address the issue."

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