THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2022
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
relating to board meetings.
ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. Section 92-2, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new definition to be appropriately inserted and to read as follows:
""Board packet" means documents that are compiled by a board and distributed to board members before a meeting for use at that meeting, to the extent the documents are public under chapter 92F."
SECTION 2. Section 92-3, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
Open meetings. Every meeting
of all boards shall be open to the public and all persons shall be permitted to
attend any meeting unless otherwise provided in the constitution or as closed
pursuant to sections 92-4 and 92-5; provided that the removal of any person or
persons who wilfully disrupts a meeting to prevent and compromise the conduct
of the meeting shall not be prohibited.
The boards shall afford all interested persons [
(1) At least twenty-four hours to review board packets;
(2) An opportunity to submit data, views,
or arguments, in writing, on any agenda item[
. The boards shall also afford all interested
persons an]; and
(3) An opportunity to present oral
testimony on any agenda item[
.]; provided that each board shall afford
interested persons at least twenty-four hours to review board packets prior to the
deadline for presenting oral testimony; provided further that the boards shall not
limit the presentation of oral testimonies solely to the beginning of the boards'
agenda or meeting.
The boards may provide for reasonable administration of oral testimony by rule."
SECTION 3. Section 92-7.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
§92-7.5[ ]] Board packet; filing; public inspection;
notice. At the time the board packet
is distributed to the board members, the board shall also make the board packet
available for public inspection in the board's office[ .]; provided that
board packets shall be made available for public inspection at least twenty-four
hours prior to the deadline for submitting written testimony. The board shall provide notice to persons
requesting notification of meetings pursuant to section 92-7(e) that the
board packet is available for inspection in the board's office and shall
provide reasonably prompt access to the board packet to any person upon
request. The board is not required to
mail board packets. As soon as
practicable, the board shall accommodate requests for electronic access to the
purposes of this section, "board packet" means documents that are
compiled by the board and distributed to board members before a meeting for use
at that meeting, to the extent the documents are public under chapter 92F;
provided that this section shall not] Nothing in this section shall require
disclosure of executive session minutes, license applications, or other records
for which the board cannot reasonably complete its redaction of nonpublic
information in the time available before the public inspection required by this
SECTION 4. This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun before its effective date.
SECTION 5. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 6. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
Open Meetings; Community Meetings; Board Packets
Requires each state board to make its board packets publicly available prior to the board's meeting.
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