TWENTY-SEVENTH LEGISLATURE, 2013
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
relating to information practices.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. The legislature finds that access to government information is fundamental to public participation in government affairs. The office of information practices plays a key role in ensuring both that the public is provided its rightful access to public documents and that privacy rights are protected as required by law.
Currently, the office of information practices is a temporary office within the office of the lieutenant governor for administrative purposes. The legislature finds, however, that establishing an information practices commission would create an independent agency and protect its operations against any possible influences, political or otherwise.
The purpose of this Act is to change the office of information practices to an information practices commission and permanently establish the commission in the department of accounting and general services.
SECTION 2. Chapter 92F, part IV, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding two new sections to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:
"§92F- Staff. The information practices commission may employ and at pleasure remove any persons, including an executive director, as it may deem necessary for the performance of its functions. The commission shall fix the compensation of its employees, including the executive director, within the amounts made available by appropriation therefor. The employees of the commission shall be exempt from chapter 76.
§92F- Prohibition from political activity. No member of the information practices commission or any of its employees shall take an active part in political management or in political campaigns during a commissioner's or employee's term of office or employment."
SECTION 3. Section 26-1, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
"§26-1 Office of the lieutenant
governor. (a) Except as otherwise provided by law, the lieutenant
governor is designated the secretary of state for intergovernmental relations
and shall perform the duties and functions heretofore exercised by the
secretary of Hawaii. The duties and functions shall include[
,] but not
be limited to, recordation of all legislative and gubernatorial acts,
certification of state documents, and maintenance of an official file of rules
adopted by state departments as provided in chapter 91. The lieutenant governor
may employ staff as necessary without regard to chapter 76.
(b) The lieutenant governor, with the approval of the governor, may designate some other officer of the government of the State to authenticate documents on behalf of the lieutenant governor during the lieutenant governor's temporary absence outside the State or during the lieutenant governor's illness whenever the documents require the signature of the lieutenant governor. The person shall affix the person's own signature to the document with the words, "for the lieutenant governor" following and the signature shall be deemed to satisfy the requirement of the lieutenant governor's signature on the document. The designation and approval shall be in writing and shall be filed in the office of the governor and a copy thereof, certified by the governor, shall be filed with the public archives. The person so designated shall serve without additional compensation and the lieutenant governor shall be responsible and liable on the lieutenant governor's official bond for all acts done by the person so designated in the performance of the duties on behalf of the lieutenant governor.
(c) Nothing in this section shall be construed
to authorize the person to exercise and discharge the powers and duties of the
office of the governor as provided by the first paragraph of [
V, section 4, of the [ Constitution of the State.] state constitution.
The person shall not be authorized to exercise any powers whenever a successor
to the lieutenant governor assumes the duties of the lieutenant governor
pursuant to [ Article] article V, section 4, of the [ Constitution.]
(d) In addition to the functions and
duties provided by law, the lieutenant governor shall assume administrative
responsibility for the office of information practices. (e)] (d) The governor shall
identify and direct other duties as necessary to the lieutenant governor."
SECTION 4. Chapter 92F, part IV, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
OFFICE OF] INFORMATION PRACTICES[ ;] COMMISSION; DUTIES
Office of information
practices;] Information practices commission; established. (a)
There is established [ a temporary office of information practices for a
special purpose within the office of the lieutenant governor for administrative
purposes.] within the
department of accounting and general services for
administrative purposes only a commission to be known as the information
(b) The governor shall appoint a director
of the office of information practices to be its chief executive officer and
who shall be exempt from chapter 76. (c) All powers and duties of the office of
information practices are vested in the director and may be delegated to any other
officer or employee of the office. (d) The director may employ any other
personnel that are necessary, including but not limited to attorneys and
clerical staff without regard to chapter 76.]
(b) The commission shall consist of five members appointed by the governor from a panel of ten persons nominated by the 'judicial council. Each member of the commission shall be a citizen of the United States and a resident of the State. Members of the commission shall hold no other public office.
(c) The chairperson of the commission shall be elected by the majority of the members of the commission. The term of each member of the commission shall be for four years; provided that of the five members initially appointed, two members shall hold office for two years, two members shall hold office for three years, and one member shall hold office for four years. No person shall be appointed consecutively to more than two terms as a member of the commission. A vacancy on the commission shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term in the same manner as the original appointment, except that the judicial council shall nominate for gubernatorial appointment two persons for a vacancy.
(d) No member of the commission shall hold office for more than one hundred twenty days after the expiration of the member's term. If the governor fails to appoint a person to a vacant office within sixty days after receipt of the list of nominees from the judicial council, the judicial council shall select a person from the list of nominees to fill the vacant office, notwithstanding subsection (c) and section 26-34 to the contrary.
(e) The members of the information practices commission shall serve without compensation but shall be allowed their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.
(f) The governor may remove or suspend any member of the commission upon the filing of a written finding with the commission, and upon service of a copy of the written finding on the member to be removed or suspended.
§92F-42 Powers and duties of the [
of information practices.] information practices commission.
The [ director of the office of] information practices[ :] commission
shall have the following powers and duties:
Shall, upon] Upon request, the
commission shall review and rule on an agency denial of access to
information or records, or an agency's granting of access; provided that any
review by the [ office of information practices] commission shall
not be a contested case under chapter 91 and shall be optional and without
prejudice to rights of judicial enforcement available under this chapter;
(2) Upon request by an agency, the commission shall provide and make public advisory guidelines, opinions, or other information concerning that agency's functions and responsibilities;
(3) Upon request by any person, the commission may provide advisory opinions or other information regarding that person's rights and the functions and responsibilities of agencies under this chapter;
May] The commission may conduct
inquiries regarding compliance by an agency [ and], investigate
possible violations by any agency[ ;], and hold hearings;
May] The commission may examine
the records of any agency for the purpose of paragraph (4) and seek to enforce
that power in the courts of this State;
May] The commission may recommend
disciplinary action to appropriate officers of an agency;
Shall] The commission shall report
annually to the governor and the state legislature on the activities and
findings of the [ office of information practices,] commission,
including recommendations for legislative changes;
Shall] The commission shall receive
complaints from and actively solicit the comments of the public regarding the
implementation of this chapter;
Shall] The commission shall review
the official acts, records, policies, and procedures of each agency;
Shall] The commission shall assist
agencies in complying with the provisions of this chapter;
Shall] The commission shall inform
the public of the following rights of an individual and the procedures for
exercising [ them:] those rights:
(A) The right of access to records pertaining to the individual;
(B) The right to obtain a copy of records pertaining to the individual;
(C) The right to know the purposes for which records pertaining to the individual are kept;
(D) The right to be informed of the uses and disclosures of records pertaining to the individual;
(E) The right to correct or amend records pertaining to the individual; and
(F) The individual's right to place a statement in a record pertaining to that individual;
Shall] The commission shall adopt,
amend, or repeal rules pursuant to chapter 91 necessary for the purposes of
this chapter, including rules that set forth [ an]:
(A) An administrative appeals
which] that provides for:
(A)](i) Agency procedures for
processing records requests;
(B)](ii) A direct appeal from the
division maintaining the record; and
(C)](iii)Time limits for action by
(13) Shall adopt rules that set forth the]
(B) The fees and other charges that may be imposed for searching, reviewing, or segregating disclosable records, as well as to provide for a waiver of fees when the public interest would be served;
(14) Shall adopt rules which set forth
(C) Uniform standards for the records collection practices of agencies; and
(15) Shall adopt rules that set forth
(D) Uniform standards for disclosure of records for research purposes;
(16)] (13) [ Shall] The
commission shall have standing to appear in cases where the provisions of
this chapter are called into question;
(17) Shall adopt, amend, or repeal rules
pursuant to chapter 91 necessary for the purposes of this chapter;] and
(18)] (14) [ Shall] The
commission shall take action to oversee compliance with part I of chapter
92 by all state and county boards including:
(A) Receiving and resolving complaints;
(B) Advising all government boards and the public about compliance with chapter 92; and
(C) Reporting each year to the legislature on all complaints received pursuant to section 92-1.5."
SECTION 5. Sections 27G-3 and 92-3.1, Hawaii Revised Statutes, are amended by substituting the words "executive director of the information practices commission" wherever the words "director of the office of information practices" appear, as the context requires.
SECTION 6. Sections 91-2.5, 92-12, 92F-15, 92F-15.3, 92F‑15.5, 92F-18, 92F-26, 92F-27, 92F-27.5, 92F-43, 231-19.5, and 396-5.1, Hawaii Revised Statutes, are amended by substituting the words "information practices commission" wherever the words "office of information practices" appear, as the context requires.
SECTION 7. Section 92-1.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by substituting the words "executive director" and "information practices commission", respectively, wherever the words "director" and "office of information practices" appear, as the context requires.
SECTION 8. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 9. This Act shall take effect on January 1, 2014.
Office of Information Practices; Information Practices Commission
Renames the office of information practices to the information practices commission and places the commission administratively within DAGS. Requires the governor to name the commission members. Authorizes the commission to hire an executive director and staff. Effective 01/01/14.
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