It's becoming increasingly difficult for citizens in Hawaii to find out what their government is doing.
The state Office of Information Practices, the agency responsible for ensuring public access to government records, has been gutted. The Legislature is chipping away at the Sunshine Law and the Uniform Information Practices Act. This year, legislators made it easier for members of state boards and commissions and county councils to meet secretly. Last year, they shielded police officers disciplined for wrongdoing from public scrutiny.
Increasingly, government is using computerization of public records as an excuse to deny public access to information.
The Star-Bulletin examines these and similar issues all this week.
We think you'll find it an eye-opening report.
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