August 29, 2010

Public comments for Acts 30 thru 128 are catalogued and uploaded

Filed under: Hawaii State Politics — Doug @ 6:54 pm

If you take a look at the latest version of the document index you’ll find that I made a lot of progress in the past week. I’d estimate I’m now only about halfway through the box of records. Whew.

So, what’s in this batch of records pertaining to legislation that passed the 2009 regular session? Among the more notable subjects: mortgage broker regulation, renewable energy matters, increasing cigarette taxation (to include messages from Grover Norquist reminding the Governor of her anti-tax pledge), increasing conveyance taxation for properties valued over $2M, increasing transient accommodations taxation, a hugely popular bill to protect manta rays, various special purpose revenue bonds, and timeshare regulation. Also of note is that many of the cigarette tax bill opponents were sent hand-signed responses from the Governor [and a waffling response, at that], which made that bill unique among all the other legislation (or at least among all the records I’ve scanned so far).

As ever, to look at any particular document, point your browser to
[substituting the asterisks with the four-digit document number you want, using leading zeros as needed]. For example, here is the link to view the first page of this latest batch of public comments. REMINDER: all of the contents of this site (to include the uploaded documents) are published under a Creative Commons license. Please, respect the terms of that license.

META: The Senate Clerk has politely declined my request for these records to be hosted at the Capitol.hawaii.gov website. Disappointing. They choose to limit their site to “created by the legislature” documents, rejecting a more-expansive “relating to legislation documents” context. Or so I’m told. I believe that they are afraid these records are somehow “more political” than the testimony already available on their website. In rejecting me, they suggest that I ask the Governor to host these records. As if she’d ever agree to that after fighting with me tooth and nail for over a year…


  1. Doug, just thinking out loud, which I probably shouldn’t do here in comments, but maybe the Legislative Reference Bureau would carry your work. Their library is increasingly digital, and includes material from plenty of non-legislative sources.

    Comment by Larry — September 5, 2010 @ 12:04 pm

  2. @Larry That is one option, sure. Once I get closer to the end of compiling everything, then I’ll start looking for a host in earnest.

    Comment by Doug — September 5, 2010 @ 4:08 pm

  3. What, is there an echo in this poi bowl?

    Comment by ohiaforest3400 — September 10, 2010 @ 3:50 pm

  4. regarding the conveyance tax for properties over $2mil – you’ll see a lot of sales for $1,999,999. I know this from recent personal experience.

    Comment by Aloha Tony, Hawaii real estate agent — September 16, 2010 @ 9:32 am

  5. @Tony Sure, no surprise there. Rich people have accountants. Heh.

    One would expect that artificial “price ceiling” effect to drop off at some point, so anything priced just over $2M I would expect to see it. However, I doubt there is a pattern of properties listed for $2.5M (to make a guesstimate) and up that are instead being sold for $1.999M.

    Comment by Doug — September 16, 2010 @ 5:36 pm

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