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30 Years of Government Secrecy Overturned by Hawai'i Supreme Court
On December 21, 2018 the Hawai`i Supreme Court ruled in favor of Civil Beat overturning 30 years of government secrecy by claiming information could be withheld subject to the “deliberative process privilege.”
The Court found that such a privilege never existed in state law and violates the intent of Hawai`i Revised Statute (HRS) 92 PUBLIC AGENCY MEETINGS AND RECORDS.
Statements from Hawai`i Supreme Court ruling from
PEER NEWS LLC, dba CIVIL BEAT
CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU AND DEPARTMENT OF BUDGET AND FISCAL SERVICES:
“Hawai`i law has long stated that “[o]pening up the government processes to public scrutiny and participation is the only viable and reasonable method of protecting the public’s interest.” Hawai`i Revised Statutes 92F-2 (2012)
“Therefore, in establishing the legal framework governing public access to government records, the Hawai`I legislature declared “that it is the policy of this State that the formation and conduct of public policy—the discussions, deliberations, decisions, and action of government agencies—shall be conducted as openly as possible.”
“Under HRS Chapter 92, public records were expansively defined to include essentially all written materials created or received by an agency, save only those “records which invade the right of privacy of an individual.”” HRS §92-50 (1985)
(“As used in this part, ‘public record’ means any written or printed report, book, or paper . . . of the State or of a county . . . in or on which an entry has been made . . . or which any public officer or employee has received . . . . “ (emphases added)
Civil Beat article: “Hawaii Supreme Court Overturns 30 Years Of Government Secrecy” Dec 21, 2018
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