Re: Hawaii's Sunshine Law

10 Questions
Re: Hawaii

The state Office of Information Practices (OIP) invites you to test your knowledge of Hawaii's Sunshine Law requiring open public meetings. Certification is given for a passing score (70%) at the end of the test. There are ten questions (multiple choice and true/false), randomly chosen, about the following areas: (1) minutes, (2) meetings & testimony, (3) closed meetings, (4) outside a meeting, and/or (5) notice and agenda. *** For the Sunshine Law statute and training materials, visit OIP's training page at hawaii. Gov/oip/training. Html. *** After you have completed the test, please take a few minutes to complete the OIP Services Survey at https://www. Surveymonkey. Com/s/DKFFSJ9. Note: (1) The fo

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    True or False: The Sunshine Law requires that minutes of meetings be completed within 30 days after a meeting, but a board or commission may wait until it has formally approved the minutes at a subsequent meeting before providing access to the public.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 2. 
    True or False:  A board must keep minutes of executive meetings, with the same level of detail as required for public meeting minutes.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 3. 
    True or False:  A board’s minutes must reflect which members spoke, and the gist of what they said, in the course of the board’s discussion of an issue.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    A board wants to hold an all-day workshop with presentations and break-out discussion sessions on an issue before the board.   How can the board do this in compliance with the Sunshine Law?
    • A. 

      The board can only do this by noticing the workshop as a meeting and following the requirements for notice, agenda, and public attendance and testimony.

    • B. 

      The board can announce at a prior meeting that it will attend the workshop and report back at a later meeting.

    • C. 

      The board cannot do this.

  • 5. 
    A  board can hold a meeting with members attending remotely in which of the following situations? Choose the best answer:
    • A. 

      The board’s notice lists at least one meeting site available for the public to attend, all members attending from private locations are connected to the meeting site through an audio connection, and the public can speak to and hear all members from the public meeting site.

    • B. 

      The board’s notice lists every location where a non-disabled board member will be physically present as a public meeting site and all members are connected through an audio connection.

    • C. 

      The board’s notice lists at least one meeting site available for the public to attend or for a statewide board at least one public site in each county, and all meeting sites and all members attending from private locations are connected through an audiovideo connection.

    • D. 

      A board cannot hold a meeting with members attending remotely.

  • 6. 
    True or False:  A board can require members of the public attending or testifying at a meeting to sign in or identify themselves.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    True or False:  A board can adopt a rule setting a reasonable time limit for testimony.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    A board can limit public testimony as follows:
    • A. 

      A board cannot limit public testimony.

    • B. 

      A board can limit public testimony to items on the board’s agenda.

    • C. 

      Upon a 2/3 vote of all members present, a board can limit public testimony on an agenda item to one specific aspect of that agenda item, as described in the board’s motion to limit testimony.

    • D. 

      A board can limit oral testimony to only those persons who have not testified on the issue at a previous meeting.

  • 9. 
    True or False:  When a board did not anticipate the need to discuss an item in advance so its agenda listed the item for public session only, the board can still go into executive session on that item if it follows the other requirements for holding an executive session.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    How many members must vote in favor of holding an executive session for the board to be able to hold it?
    • A. 

      More than one half of the members present.

    • B. 

      More than two-thirds of the members present.

    • C. 

      More than one-half of all members to which the board is entitled.

    • D. 

      More than two-thirds of all members to which the board is entitled.