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Proprietary information presents obstacle for open government in Hawaii

April 18, 2013

A recent bill being considered by the Hawaiian government would greatly enhance the state's transparency and open government efforts if it passes. However, it has been caught up on debate over language used involving "proprietary information" and disclosure thereof.

"We agree with the intent of this measure to make appropriate electronic data sets available to the public," said Edward Pei, executive director of the Hawaii Bankers Association, according to the Honolulu Civil Beat. "However, we are concerned with the public disclosure of proprietary information, and any information that is prohibited from disclosure by law or contract."

According to the news source, Hawaii recently received an "F" in transparency in a report by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund due to a lack of information on state expenditure reports. The new bill would address those issues and many others by requiring the state government to release data on campaign spending and other financial matters to the public on a regular basis.

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