December 26, 2010

Public comments for Acts 190 thru 198 are catalogued and uploaded

Filed under: Hawaii State Politics — Doug @ 1:04 pm

Mirabile dictu, I am finished with the cataloging, scanning, and uploading of records!

I thought that I still had hundreds of records to go, until I realized that the remaining pile consisted only of the records for measures which had been vetoed and subsequently overridden by the Legislature. Thus, after a careful comparison to confirm it, all those remaining records were duplicates. It feels great to be done!

In this final batch are records pertaining to clotheslines in planned communities, the Early Learning Council, unlicensed contractors, filing dates for excise taxes, credit checks during the hiring process, teacher licensure, and drug treatment. Most of these records pertain to bills that became law without the Governor’s signature.

The document index is now 4,432 rows long and catalogs 2,118 records! There is bound to be an error (or tens) in a document that size, so please let me know if you find any.

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.

Now that I am finished, I hope that the Senate Clerk would reconsider the decision to not host these documents alongside the other testimony related to the same pieces of legislation. At the very least, I would hope that she would include (or link to) my Document Index with an explanation of how it may be used to find the records here at this blog. Remember, too, that my index is an Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and allows the data to be sorted to make them more useful (i.e. by measure number, by sender, by recipient, etc.).

I finished just in time, too. Not only is the next legislative session coming in a few weeks (it would have been VERY lame to be working on data TWO sessions old), but something pretty cool is happening Tuesday that makes my finishing this task extra satisfying. “Stay tuned!” [cough]


  1. The LRB director for the past 8 years retired effective 12/1/10. Perhaps the Acting Director would be more inclined to provide at least a link on the LRB Library’s web page?

    Comment by ohiaforest3400 — December 28, 2010 @ 3:33 pm

  2. I will check on that. Mahalo!

    Comment by Doug — December 28, 2010 @ 3:58 pm

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