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President's Message (Arlene Ellis)
Public Records Report
Honolulu Convention Center
Advocating for the Voter: Campaign Finance Reform
Planning and Zoning (Astrid Monson)
General Membership Meeting: Pro-Choice (Jean Aoki)
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Public Records Report

The brochure PUBLIC RECORDS AND THE RIGHT TO PRIVACY is being mailed to you with this Voter. It was prepared by the Office of Information Practices (OIP) which was created by the Uniform Information Practices Act (UIPA) to provide advisory opinion about the new records law and to act as an appeals agency to mediate any disputes over access to government records.

It includes, among other things, information on the kind of records that are public and those that are closed or restricted by law, and on how you can go about gaining access to records.

According to the OIP OPENLINE, a monthly newsletter published by the OIP, each agency of the state and county governments is required by Hawaii Revised Statutes to prepare a report describing each of the records it uses or maintains. The reports will be filed with OIP, updated annually, and open to public inspection

THIS PUBLIC RECORDS REPORT WILL BE THE HEART OF THE ENTIRE UNIFORM INFORMATION PRACTICES ACT AND THE KEY TO OPEN GOVERNMENT IN HAWAII.

A schedule for the incremental submission of each agency's records report has been. set by recent legislation. By July 1, 1991, 100 of each agency's records should be on file with the OIP. It is estimated that there will be a minimum of 16,000 - 20,000 record report forms filed by state and county government agencies, and that the entire record report listing will contain over half-a-million different categories of information.

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