HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

1386

THIRTY-SECOND LEGISLATURE, 2023

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

relating to the board of land and natural resources.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. Section 92-2.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"92-2.5 Permitted interactions of members. (a) Two members of a board may discuss between themselves matters relating to board business to enable them to perform their duties faithfully, as long as no commitment to vote is made or sought and the two members do not constitute a quorum of their board.

(b) Two or more members of a board, but less than the number of members that would constitute a quorum for the board, may be assigned to:

(1) Investigate a matter relating to board business; provided that:

(A) The scope of the investigation and the scope of each member's authority are defined at a meeting of the board;

(B) All resulting findings and recommendations are presented to the board at a meeting of the board; and

(C) Deliberation and decisionmaking on the matter investigated, if any, occurs only at a duly noticed meeting of the board held subsequent to the meeting at which the findings and recommendations of the investigation were presented to the board; or

(2) Present, discuss, or negotiate any position that the board has adopted at a meeting of the board; provided that the assignment is made and the scope of each member's authority is defined at a meeting of the board before the presentation, discussion, or negotiation.

(c) Discussions between two or more members of a board, but less than the number of members that would constitute a quorum for the board, concerning the selection of the board's officers may be conducted in private without limitation or subsequent reporting.

(d) Board members present at a meeting that must be canceled for lack of quorum or terminated pursuant to section 92-3.5(c) may nonetheless receive testimony and presentations on items on the agenda and question the testifiers or presenters; provided that:

(1) Deliberation or decisionmaking on any item, for which testimony or presentations are received, occurs only at a duly noticed meeting of the board held subsequent to the meeting at which the testimony and presentations were received;

(2) The members present shall create a record of the oral testimony or presentations in the same manner as would be required by section 92-9 for testimony or presentations heard during a meeting of the board; and

(3) Before its deliberation or decisionmaking at a subsequent meeting, the board shall:

(A) Provide copies of the testimony and presentations received at the canceled meeting to all members of the board; and

(B) Receive a report by the members who were present at the canceled or terminated meeting about the testimony and presentations received.

(e) Two or more members of a board, but less than the number of members that would constitute a quorum for the board, may attend an informational meeting or presentation on matters relating to board business, including a meeting of another entity, legislative hearing, convention, seminar, or community meeting; provided that the meeting or presentation is not specifically and exclusively organized for or directed toward members of the board. The board members in attendance may participate in discussions, including discussions among themselves; provided that the discussions occur during and as part of the informational meeting or presentation; and provided further that no commitment relating to a vote on the matter is made or sought.

At the next duly noticed meeting of the board, the board members shall report their attendance and the matters presented and discussed that related to official board business at the informational meeting or presentation.

(f) Discussions between the governor and one or more members of a board may be conducted in private without limitation or subsequent reporting; provided that the discussion does not relate to a matter over which a board is exercising its adjudicatory function.

(g) Discussions between two or more members of a board and the head of a department to which the board is administratively assigned may be conducted in private without limitation; provided that the discussion is limited to matters specified in section 26-35.

(h) Where notice of the deadline to submit testimony to the legislature is less than the notice requirements in this section, a board may circulate for approval a statement regarding a position previously adopted by the board; provided that the position previously adopted by the board, the statement to be submitted as testimony, and communications among board members about the statement, including drafts, shall be in writing and accessible to the public, within forty-eight hours of the statement's circulation to the board, on the board's website, or, if the board does not have a website, on an appropriate state or county website.

(i) No more than two members of the board of land and natural resources may have a discussion in private to select items to be placed on a meeting agenda; provided that the discussion is limited to the selection of items to be placed on the agenda and no commitment relating to a vote on any matter is made or sought.

[(i)] (j) Communications, interactions, discussions, investigations, and presentations described in this section are not meetings for purposes of this part."

SECTION 2. Section 171-5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"171-5 Meetings, regular, special; quorum. Regular meetings of the board of land and natural resources shall be held not less than once a month and the board shall provide in its rules and regulations the number and dates for the regular meetings. Special meetings may be called by the chairperson at any time by giving notice thereof to each member present in the State at least five days prior to the date of the special meeting; provided that notice shall not be required if all members present in the State agree and sign a written waiver of the notice.

[However, no] No final action involving disposition of public lands may be had at [such] a special meeting.

Any action taken by the board shall be by at least a simple majority of the members of the board; provided that a simple majority of the members present at a meeting and qualified to vote shall be required to allow any decision pursuant to section 183C-6(b). Four members of the board shall constitute a quorum to do business. The board shall keep accurate records and minutes of all meetings, special and regular, and they shall be public records. Copies of portions of the agenda relating to dispositions of land shall be made available to the public in the land office of each district at least three days before the meeting at which the matter will be discussed or voted upon.

In addition to the chairperson, the board shall allow no more than two of its members to determine items that shall be placed on a meeting agenda and to submit those items to the chairperson for placement on an agenda. A discussion between the two members for the purposes of this paragraph shall be considered a permitted interaction pursuant to section 92-2.5(i); provided that the discussion is limited to the selection of items to be placed on the agenda and no commitment relating to a vote on any matter is made or sought."

SECTION 3. Section 279D-9, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (b) to read as follows:

"(b) Participation by members of any other board in a meeting of a policy board shall be a permitted interaction as provided in section [92-2.5(i).] 92-2.5(j)."

SECTION 4. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 5. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

BLNR; Agenda Items; Sunshine Law; Permitted Interaction

 

Description:

In addition to the chairperson, allows no more than two members of the board of land and natural resources to determine items that shall be placed on a meeting agenda and to submit those items to the chairperson for placement on an agenda. Makes a discussion between the two members for purposes of determining items to be scheduled on a meeting agenda a permitted interaction under the Sunshine Law; provided that the discussion is limited to selecting agenda items and no commitment relating to a vote on any matter is made or sought.

 

 

 

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