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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Hawaii City Council must cancel closed-door actions

A circuit judge issued a temporary restraining order that essentially forces the Hawaii County Council to cancel a council reorganization plan that it discussed in a private meeting, the AP reported. The council will meet on Aug. 4 to rehear all measures. This order was prompted by a lawsuit filed by West Hawaii Today that alleges that the council violated the Sunshine Law by discussing the plan in private.

Members of the Hawaii County Council violated the state’s open-government law by privately discussing a council reorganization plan, a state judge said.

Circuit Judge Ronald Ibarra on July 23 issued a temporary restraining order, forbidding the council from doing business. But he delayed the start of the TRO until Aug. 5 to give the council time to rectify the situation.

The council has scheduled a special meeting for Aug. 4 to cancel the reorganization. It also plans to rehear all measures it considered after the June 16 changes went into effect.

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