Sunshine Memo 12-7
Amendment of Agendas
A requester asked whether the Ala Moana-Kakaako Neighborhood
Board (AMKNB) violated the Sunshine Law by amending its Regular
Meeting Agenda (Agenda) during its meeting held on October 25, 2011,
to add Bill 54 of the Honolulu City Council for discussion and action.
The Sunshine Law requires that boards give written
public notice of meetings which shall include an agenda listing
all items to be considered. HRS § 92-7(a). The Sunshine Law
also provides that a filed agenda may be amended to add an item
by a two-thirds recorded vote of all members to which the board
is entitled, “provided that no item
shall be added to the agenda if it is of reasonably major importance
and action thereon by the board will affect a significant number
of persons.” HRS § 92-7(d) (emphasis added).
OIP found that AMKNB’s Agenda amendment violated
the Sunshine Law because Bill 54 was an item of reasonably major
importance and action upon it affected a significant number of persons.