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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government. The League influences public policy through education and advocacy. We never support or oppose any politica ... more
Legislative Committee Member
LWV-Hawaii Legislative Testimony: SB 947
"While we understand the need for and certainly encourage participation by citizens in such task forces and working groups, there is no sound reason for such an exemption," Maruoka said.
"We are gravely concerned about the inherent risks of actual or at the least the perception of conflict of interest, including undue influence and use of public office for personal gain.
In fact, from a citizen's perspective, this proposed exemption flies in the face of good sense and simply does not pass the smell test.
It would not only set a bad tone, it could well start things down a slippery slope.
In these times of badly-eroded public trust in government, it does not make sense to build in loopholes that are counter to openness and transparency."
And just to make sure the good legislators on the committee understood
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