We, the League of Women Voters of Hawaii, are very pleased that the 2014 Hawaii Legislature passed Senate Bill 2682, requiring that the financial disclosure statements of members of 15 important state boards or commissions be made available for public inspection and duplication.
In view of the widespread public testimony supporting the measure and a unanimous vote in both houses for passage we are surprised and disappointed that the governor has placed this on his “intent-to-veto” list.
In May the press reported that the governor was worried about “forcing” volunteers to disclose personal information. But to us, such disclosure is just part and parcel of being willing to provide public service. Serving on a state board is voluntary, and if a current member such as a university regent is unwilling to disclose such information to the public, so be it.
No one expects personally identifiable information such as a social security number to be disclosed, but this is not required on Ethics Commission disclosure forms. It’s normal to disclose family relationships for purposes of gaining a full picture of personal finances, but the bill appropriately limits disclosure of the address of the income sources of the spouse or dependent child. Such limitations are common sense and reasonable.
We hope the governor will see this new law as an asset to his own vetting of potential nominees for public boards and commissions.
We don’t accept the notion that women would be harmed by the bill should it become law. Today’s working people — men …
About the Author
Guest ContributorAnn Sack Shaver, president of the League of Women Voters of Hawaii!, has lived in Waianae for more than 20 years. With advanced degrees in social service administration and a life-long interest in politics, she has been involved in a variety of causes, primarily voter registration, ethics in government and elections, services for the elderly and programs for the homeless.
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