Chair Tokuda, Vice-Chair Kouchi, and Committee Members:
The League of Women Voters of Hawaii supports HB 461, SD 1 to transfer the Office of Information Practices (OIP) to the Department of Accounting and General Services (DAGS). Hawaii’s Constitution does not allow OIP to be permanently administratively attached to the Office of the Lieutenant Governor.
We also strongly support preservation of OIP’s autonomy as proposed in HB 461, SD 1. To facilitate a smooth transition, we request one minor housekeeping amendment - - specifically we request that Section 5 of the bill (which amends Section 92F-42, Hawaii Revised Statutes) take effect upon the Act’s approval.
Thank you for the opportunity to submit testimony.