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 oip. Hawaii. Gov/training.

Sample Question

True or False: A meeting may be canceled if the meeting notice is not timely mailed or emailed to a person on the board’s notification list, regardless of whether it is intentional or due to the board’s clerical error.

True

False

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    True or False: A meeting may be canceled if the meeting notice is not timely mailed or emailed to a person on the board’s notification list, regardless of whether it is intentional or due to the board’s clerical error.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 2. 
    A board packet must be made available for public inspection at the board’s office at the same time that it is distributed to board members. Which of the following items is not true?
    • A. 

      The board must send a notification to everyone on its postal or email list that the board packet is available for public inspection in the board’s office.

    • B. 

      The board must send a copy of the board packet to everyone on its postal or email list via postal mail or email, as applicable.

    • C. 

      As soon as practicable, the board must accommodate requests for electronic access to the board packet, which can be by email or by posting the packet online on the board’s or department’s website.

    • D. 

      The Sunshine Law allows for greater redactions of board packets than the Uniform Information Practices Act, which is Hawaii’s open records law, chapter 92F, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

  • 3. 
    True or False: Executive session minutes, which are taken in a meeting closed to the public, will never be disclosable to the public.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    True or False: A board member is permitted to talk about an issue on the board's agenda to an unlimited number of members of the public, including lobbyists.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    A board can hold a meeting with members attending from other locations through teleconference, videoconference, Skype, or using other interactive conference technology. Which of the following items is not true:
    • A. 

      All locations where non-disabled board members will be present must be listed on the meeting notice and open to the public.

    • B. 

      A board must provide remote "courtesy" locations for the public to be able to participate even if no board member will be participating from such a site, and if the audio- or video connection is lost at such a site, the board must cancel its meeting.

    • C. 

      A board member with a permanent or temporary disability may participate using both audio and visual connections from a private location that is not open to the public, so long as the member identifies the general location and any persons present with the member.

    • D. 

      If audio communication cannot be maintained at all meeting locations, then the meeting must be terminated, even if a quorum of board members is physically present in one location.

  • 6. 
    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

  • 7. 
    A board must keep either written minutes, or recorded minutes (an audio or audio-video recording) with a written summary. If the board chooses to keep recorded minutes, then which of the following is not required to be included in the written summary?
    • A. 

      The members of the board recorded as either present or absent, and the times when individual members entered or left the meeting.

    • B. 

      A detailed summary giving the substance of the board members’ discussion of all matters proposed, discussed, or decided at the meeting.

    • C. 

      A record, including the vote by member, of motions and votes made by the board.

    • D. 

      A time stamp or other reference indicating when in the recording the board began discussion of each agenda item and when each motions and votes was made by the board.

  • 8. 
    True or False: By simply meeting the voting requirements to go into an executive session that will be closed to the public, a board can also amend the agenda to add executive session items.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    True or False: A board must publicly announce any action taken during the executive session and the vote, by member, at the conclusion of the executive session.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    With proper notice and a vote in favor, what is not a proper reason for a board to go into a closed executive session?
    • A. 

      To discuss matters that would cause embarrassment to any person.

    • B. 

      To consult with the board’s attorney on questions and issues pertaining to the board’s powers, duties, privileges, immunities, and liabilities.

    • C. 

      To discuss personnel issues where individual privacy is involved.

    • D. 

      To investigate proceedings regarding criminal misconduct.