Star-Advertiser Editorial Urges Governor to Sign SB2682

Don’t Veto Public’s Right to Know
Star-Advertiser Editorial
27 June 2014

Gov. Neil Abercrombie has signaled that he might veto a bill that would require members of powerful state boards and commissions to file financial statements for public disclosure, which could reveal potential conflicts of interest. By failing to promptly sign this measure, the governor is putting the privacy concerns of a limited number of influential individuals ahead of the public interest.

The public interest must always come first. Like the state Ethics Commission and good-government groups such as Common Cause Hawaii, we urge the governor to overcome his reservations and sign Senate Bill 2682 by the July 8 deadline, or let it become law without his signature. If he goes ahead with the rejection, state lawmakers — who unanimously approved this bill in the House and Senate — should override the veto.

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Approval of this bill would make Hawaii’s government more transparent and accountable by increasing the number of powerful boards and commissions whose members are subject to public disclosure requirements. Similar scrutiny, we note, already is endured without harm by numerous parties, including elected officials, candidates for statewide office and department directors. All accept this reasonable disclosure requirement as part and parcel of public service.

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Search for Hawaii’s Outstanding Youth – CYD Heroes – Deadline 6/30/14

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Parents for Righteousness Seminar – July 12 & 19, 2014

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Maile’s 2014 Legislative Wrap-Up – Updated

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Makua Cultural Training Camp July 11-18, 2014

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2014 Ahi Fever in Waianae Fishing Tournament Winners

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“Congratulations to all the winners!” said Senator Shimabukuro. “Congratulations, too, to all the participants and the organizers for another successful tournament.”

WCCH 2014 Candidates Forum July 11 & 12 – Live Broadcast

Tune in July 11 (4-8 p.m.) and July 12 (12 pm to 8pm) to hear from our candidates and their issues.  You’ll be able to text and/or call in your questions, LIVE!  Olelo TV, channel 49.

Tune in July 11 (4-8 p.m.) and July 12 (12 pm to 8pm) to hear from our candidates and their issues. You’ll be able to text and/or call in your questions, LIVE! Olelo TV, channel 49. Senator Shimabukuro will be participating. Click image to enlarge.