STAND. COM. REP. NO. 3195
RE: S.B. No. 2143
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2022
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Judiciary and Ways and Means, to which was referred S.B. No. 2143, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO BOARD MEETINGS,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to define "board packet" and require each state board to make its board packets publicly available at least forty-eight hours prior to the board meeting, but only if the board uses board packets.
Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest, League of Women Voters of Hawaii, Common Cause Hawaii, and seven individuals. Your Committees received comments on this measure from the Office of Information Practices and Hawai‘i Tourism Authority.
Your Committees find that this measure would promote transparency and improve the public's ability to participate in government.
Your Committees have amended this measure by incorporating technical amendments recommended by the Office of Information Practices.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Judiciary and Ways and Means that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2143, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2143, S.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Judiciary and Ways and Means,
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair
KARL RHOADS, Chair