More State level board and commission memebers vacate seatsUPDATED 8:41 PM HST Jul 14, 2014Video Transcript
commissions continue to hemmorage members. The count as of today 26. It's a mass exodus triggered by a new requirement to disclose personal finances... KITV4's Catherine Cruz shows us... Now the Governor has to scramble to fill all those empty chairs.. 26 141 - 11:37- 11: 40 -"I am surprised that the numbers are so high," Senator Maile Shimabukuro authored the bill requiring members of some 15 boards and commissions to make their financial disclosures public. It is something that lawmakers and certain state workers are required to do in the name of transparency and that groups like Life of the Land have pushed for. The forms include information about investments and debt that they say can be easily found just by googling. - Henry 20:09- 20:24 - "The one thing that Google does not have is the conflicts of interest where you are making money from a certain source and you are making rulings that affect that is the one thing that is difficult to find on Google, that is the one thing that this bill would disclose," The latest exodus of boards members includes four from the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii that leaves a 9 member board with five just barely enough for quorum. Last week the list of resignations included five members from the State Land use Commission...... .. that left the 9-member board with just three. ........There were also four departures from the Agribusiness Development Corporation... .........and the four resignations from the University of Hawaii Board of Regents. In some cases... Meetings are getting cancelled because there aren't enough people for a quorum. An unintended consequence of the bill Governor Abercrombie let become law without his signature. Life of the Land says the new law is about accountability at all levels. - Henry 21:27 -21:39 - "Why should the regents be protected, but the deans disclose. it makes no sense." Curtis would like to see the law expanded to cover boards like the RCUH --the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii which handles millions of dollars of contracts every year. Shimabukuro hopes the governor can fill the vacancies as soon as possible. - Maile 12:00- 12; 14 - "There was an outpouring of support for this legislation. So hopefully going foward we will see stability, so they know going forward this is a requirement. Hopefully this will pass," - The governor named three new interim members to the state land board Friday to avoid another situation with no quorum and we are told his next priority is the state land use commisison. We've also just learned of a new wrinkle and a dispute between the state attorney general's office and the state ethics commission over who has the say over what gets released and when. The ethics commision says the AG is of the opinion that releasing information that previously filed privately would be improper. A plan to publically make the information avialable online today-- which included filings made before July 8th-- has been put off. Alot of behind the scenes jockeying as this story continues to play out.