September 16, 2010

Public comments for Acts 129 thru 169 are catalogued and uploaded

Filed under: Hawaii State Politics — Doug @ 7:23 pm

Confession: I bought another motorcycle (new this time!) and have been a bit distracted for a while, so the newest version of the document index shows slightly less progress than I had hoped. Toys are only new once. Forgive me.

So, what’s in this batch of records pertaining to legislation that passed the 2009 regular session? Among the more notable subjects: tattoo artist regulation, renewable energy incentives, regulation of light pollution near observatories, taxation of gambling winnings regardless of offsetting losses (the gamblers were ANGRY), and expansion of advanced practice registered nurse authority. 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.

This batch does have one especially intriguing item: check out this record, a letter from über lobbyist John Radcliffe about establishing two gaming casinos on Oahu. The report Radcliffe refers to in the letter was not provided in response to my UIPA request, and I challenged the Office of the Governor’s claim of “deliberative privilege.” The initial response from the OIP suggested that they will uphold the deliberative privilege—even if the report was not created by the government but was only “solicited by” a government agency. However, that OIP decision may have been made in ignorance of Radcliffe’s letter, which clarifies that the study is ten years old and, thus, was not solicited by the Lingle administration. I await further OIP review of my challenge, and I have a strong hunch that I’ll get the report. If I do get the report, it will be posted here, natch.

UPDATE: October 12, 2010: Ian Lind has obtained the report directly from John Radcliffe! The report is available from Ian, and from me.

BONUS: A picture of my new bike is here, if anybody cares. It’s quite a machine and I’m very happy with it.


  1. Doug, I really wanted to check out your new bike, but all I saw was a patch of blue sky and clouds and the rest was a block gray. No bike! Please fix. I’m curious!

    Comment by Joan Conrow — September 16, 2010 @ 9:17 pm

  2. @Joan Really? I’ll check the link again, but I suspect that you need to pan the window displaying the image. It’s 1600×1200 pixels. If that does not work, try right-clicking and downloading the image.

    Comment by Doug — September 17, 2010 @ 4:27 am

  3. Gives new meaning to the term “crotch rocket.” Please be careful; having been the victim of an errant truck driver myself (hey, it paid for my last year of grad school . . . ), I know all too well what it’s like to have my “life flash before my eyes” (altho’ that has not kept me from using a bicycle as my main mode of transport).

    Besides, you have important work to do and we expect you to get it done!

    Comment by ohiaforest3400 — September 17, 2010 @ 3:28 pm

  4. @3400 Actually, this bike is less of a crotch rocket than my Suzuki GSXR-750, so it is a different sort of fun. More about torque than outright power. I hear you about the drivers. I commute and do almost all routine business by bus. I only ride the motorcycles for fun, at hours when the drunks and chronics are (hopefully) at home.

    Comment by Doug — September 17, 2010 @ 4:27 pm

  5. Doug, nice bike, although I prefer the Bavarian brand myself.

    Hope you got a good deal considering Buell’s recent announcement it will be shutting down production. I also hope parts won’t be a problem – will H-D still provide them?

    Comment by Dave Smith — September 18, 2010 @ 11:31 am

  6. @Dave Buell is still in business, albeit selling “race only” bikes for the time being until his do no compete clause expires (early next year). I’m not worried about parts availability. And, yes, I got a super deal. Even after paying for shipping from a mainland dealership, I saved over $3K compared to MSRP.

    The new BMW S1000RR is unreal, but the rest of their lineup does not inspire me much.

    Comment by Doug — September 18, 2010 @ 12:51 pm

  7. Awesome bike, Doug! Have fun!

    Comment by Joan Conrow — September 18, 2010 @ 3:16 pm

  8. Wow, that bike is PHENOMENAL. Great color scheme too. Enjoy it, Doug.

    Comment by Maui Realtor Alex Cortez — September 19, 2010 @ 3:33 pm

  9. What a coincidence! Ran into John at Neil Abercrombie’s victory celebration last night and we talked (well, yelled because of the noise) about gambling as a revenue generator.

    As part of my research on another economic development project, I’ve interviewed two different casino operators who have have indicated a willingness to establish legalized gambling here on O`ahu as part of a much larger international economic development package.

    Wonder if the Legislature and the new Administration would be interested?


    Comment by Capitol -ist/WassupDoc — September 19, 2010 @ 10:17 pm

  10. @CW/P Was this conversation before or after you had read my post? Maybe he would be willing to give me the report if I am stymied by OIP…

    Comment by Doug — September 20, 2010 @ 4:25 am

  11. Why not give him a call and make arrangements for a meet-up. John is very, very accessible.

    Comment by Capitol -ist/WassupDoc — September 20, 2010 @ 9:17 am

  12. @ C/WD I will do that … if the OIP does not decide to provide the report for me.

    Comment by Doug — September 20, 2010 @ 4:29 pm

  13. Wear your helmet! M

    Comment by marilynlee — September 21, 2010 @ 12:52 pm

  14. @MBL Yes, but you know I always wear a helmet!

    Comment by Doug — September 21, 2010 @ 4:53 pm

  15. I have this small inkling of a feeling… that Civil Beat got their idea from your blog to attempt to disclose things.

    Just saying…

    Comment by damon — September 29, 2010 @ 11:30 pm

  16. @Damon Nah. I am not the first person to use the UIPA to obtain and publish records. It is not as common as I would like it to be, but I’m not a pioneer.

    Comment by Doug — September 30, 2010 @ 4:29 am

  17. I contacted John about the gambling study. He doesn’t have an electronic version, but he’s going to mail me a copy today. I’ll scan it as soon as it arrives.

    Here’s what John said about the study:

    “I dunno what the Lingle administration is talking about. There is nothing secret about the economic studies on what casino gaming would do to improve Hawaii’s economy…The first one was done in 2000, and I tried to get everyone in government in Hawaii to read it–then, and since.

    It would be wonderful if Doug White would publish it! Go Doug!!

    Our problem has been that nobody bothered to read it. Reading it apparently interferes with the belief that gaming is just awful unless engaged in elsewhere.”


    Comment by Ian Lind — October 6, 2010 @ 5:19 am

  18. @Ian Mahalo to you (and to John). Real soon now, at least by my count of days, I should hear from the OIP if the record must be disclosed.

    Comment by Doug — October 6, 2010 @ 4:34 pm

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