November 4, 2009 – Hilo, Hawaii
VIDEO by David Corrigan
The Sunshine Law was discussed during Tuesday’s Committee on Public Works and Intergovernmental Services, allowing Hawaii County Councilmembers a chance to clarify their positions on the law.
Councilmember Kelly Greenwell requested an hour to talk about the impact the Sunshine Law has had on operations and procedures of the County Council, although the discussion did not take nearly as long.
The communication comes as the Hawaii County council recovers from costly litigation alleging the council violated the Sunshine Law in the days before a controversial reorganization in June. The incident was a setback for the council in terms of time and public confidence, and remains an important issue going forward. Some councilmembers have said the law, although well intended, is too restrictive towards getting work done. Some have also said it is unfair that the members of the state legislature, who passed the law, exempted themselves from having to follow it.