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LWV-Hawaii Legislative Testimony

SB 62

Relating to
Government Records

Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor (JDL) - chair: Clayton Hee, vice chair: Maile S.L. Shimabukuro

Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 9:30 a,m. Conference Room 016

Testifier: Jean Aoki, Legislative Committee, LWV of Hawaii

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Chair Hee, Vice Chair Shimabukuro, members of Committee on Judiciary and Labor,

The League of Women Voters of Hawaii strongly supports the intent of SB 62. We do have some reservation on one of the provisions.

We agree that keeping records of requests of government records and not only the disposition of such requests but the reason(s) for denying such requests would certainly encourage compliance with the requirements of the Uniform Information Practices Act. And so would making these records of requests and the disposition of these requests open record.

Will this record of requests also include the names of requesters, or will that be purely voluntary? We believe that keeping a record of people who make these requests is not the function of government.

Unless 5 cents will not cover the cost of copying a page, we would prefer that both the minimum and the maximum be left in the statute, because otherwise, the 10 cents would be construed to be the minimum as well as the maximum.

Thank you for this opportunity to testify on SB 62.


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