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CITY IMPLEMENTS ONLINE TRAINING FOR BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

(Wed., April 4, 2012)—The City has implemented a new online Sunshine Law training option for members of boards and commissions. City ordinance requires all board and commission members to participate in a Sunshine Law workshop. Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 92, commonly known as the Sunshine Law, mandates all meeting agendas be filed six days in advance, deliberations occur only at meetings, and guarantees the public the right to submit testimony on any agenda item.

         Previously, the workshops could only be conducted with members present. A recent amendment, unanimously approved by the City Council and signed by Mayor Peter Carlisle, now allows this training to be conducted using an online video produced by the State Office of Information Practices.

         “The City has more than 600 members of various boards and commissions,” Carlisle said. “Thanks to the support of the City Council, we are using technology to make it easier for members to receive training and utilize staff resources more efficiently.”

          The Carlisle administration continues to focus on how to utilize technology to deliver better services to the public. The video, which is available 24 hours, seven days a week, can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection. Upon completion of watching the training video, members will sign and submit a self-certification form.  

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Media contact: Louise Kim McCoy, Mayor’s Office, 768-7798.