Sunshine Memo 13-2
Sunshine Law Complaints About
Agendas and Executive Meeting
Requester asked whether the Hawaii County Board of
Ethics (Board) violated the Sunshine Law at its meetings on October
14, 2009, and November 19, 2009. The issues were whether the Board
violated the Sunshine Law by allegedly (1) insufficiently and inconsistently
describing agenda items and (2) holding an executive session for
a discussion that should have taken place in an open meeting.
OIP found the following:
1. The agenda items listing petitions and informal
advisory opinions for the October 14, 2009 and November 19, 2009
meetings had sufficient detail to meet the Sunshine Law’s
notice requirements. In other words, the agenda allowed the public
to understand what the Board intended to consider and to decide
whether or not to participate in the meeting.
2. The executive session held by the Board on November
17, 2009, on the Board’s draft letter on Petition 2009-12,
was properly a closed session under the Sunshine Law.