The League of Women Voters of Hawaii strongly supports HB 2402 which gives the Office of Information Practices the power to enforce its decisions through its ability to apply to the circuit court “for a judgment to enforce the provisions of the decision made pursuant to this section.”
Whether it is access to an individual’s personal record held by an agency of the government, or a government record, if and when the OIP rules in favor of the person or group denied access to the record, the office may seek a judgment of the circuit court to enforce the provisions of the decision.
Through the years, we have maintained our support for the Office of Information Practices to continue in existence, and have advocated giving it more power to enforce its decisions. The public deserves such an agency with full enforcement powers.
The passage of HB 2402 would be a big step toward more transparency in government and a big win for the citizens of this state.
We urge the passage of HB 2402