In Hawaii, open-government advocates are alarmed at advancing legislation

While opposed by open-government advocates, a Senate bill advanced in the state Legislature this week – with amendments – to allow county council members to jointly attend any meetings or presentations without violating the state's Sunshine Law, as long as the gathering is open to the public.

An amended Senate Bill 2962 passed out of the Senate Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs Committee on Tuesday. Among those on the committee, which voted unanimously in favor, was panel Vice Chairwoman and South and West Maui Sen. Roz Baker.

A companion measure, House Bill 2139, is set to be heard at 2 p.m. today by the House Judiciary Committee. No Maui House members sit on that panel. Continue>>>