UIPA Requests Update Amid COVID-19

Posted on May 4, 2020 in Main

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR STATE OF HAWAII PROCLAMATIONS AND EXECUTIVE ORDERS RELATED TO THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY

UIPA REQUESTS

On March 16, 2020, the Uniform Information Practices Act (Modified), chapter 92F, HRS (UIPA), was temporarily suspended in its entirety and the Sunshine Law, part I of chapter 92, HRS, was partially suspended by the Supplementary Proclamation of Governor Ige,  The March 16 Supplementary Proclamation was extended until May 31, 2020, by the Governor’s Sixth Supplementary Proclamationdated April 25, 2020.  Because the UIPA was suspended in its entirety, OIP’s powers and duties found in part IV of chapter 92F, HRS, were also suspended.

On May 5, 2020, with the Governor’s Seventh Supplementary Proclamation for COVID-19 (see Exhibit H on pages 73-75), OIP’s powers and duties found in part IV of the UIPA were restored, except that the UIPA and OIP’s rules “are suspended to the extent they contain any deadlines for agencies, including deadlines for the OIP, relating to requests for government records and/or complaints to OIP.”  The partial suspensions of the Sunshine Law and UIPA were continued in subsequent proclamations, the latest being the Governor’s  Seventeenth Supplementary Proclamation (SP17) at Exhibit F, dated December 16, 2020, which continued the modified suspension through February 14, 2021.