For the first time, the public is privy to the annual financial disclosure reports filed by members of the University of Hawaii Board of Regents.
Well, at least four of the 15 members who filed their required reports since a new law took effect July 8. The other regents’ records will remain sealed under a unanimous ruling last week by the Hawaii State Ethics Commission.
The new law adds 15 state boards to the list of those whose members have to publicly disclose their financial interests. They include the Board of Regents, the Agribusiness Development Corporation, Land Use Commission and Hawaii Community Development Authority.
Against the advice of its executive director, Les Kondo, the five-member Ethics Commission decided only reports involving those board members filed after the law took effect July 8 will be released. That means the public won’t see the financial statements of the vast majority of current members on the affected boards until their next reports are due, May 31, with the exception that new members have to file their reports within 30 days of being appointed.
Civil Beat filed a public records request July 14 under the state’s Uniform Information Practices Act asking for the financial disclosure statements of the current members of the Board of Regents, Land Use Commission and Agribusiness Development Corporation.
In accordance with the commission’s ruling, Kondo responded Tuesday, and denied the request except