23 PAGES OF COMMENTARY TO “VEXATIOUS REQUESTER” BILL RETURNS ONLINE WITH MORE OPPOSITION TESTIMONY; HI DEPT. OF TAXATION SUPPORTS MEASURE
by Sharon Rondeau
(Mar. 19, 2010) — The 23 pages of testimony regarding SB2937 which had been posted at the “Bill Status and Documents” section of the Hawaii Legislature website, removed sometime yesterday, have been restored.
The link now brings the reader to a large section of testimony which begins with three supportive testimonies, all from Hawaii state departments. These are then followed by 19 pages of opposition testimony.
The statements of Cathy Takase and Dr. Chiyome Fukino appear identical to those given on February 23, 2010 to the state Senate Judicial and Government Operations Committee, despite The Post & Email’s report of evidence which it has in its possession which contradicts Fukino’s assertion that the DOH receives “approximately 50 e-mail inquiries a month seeking access to…Obama’s birth certificate.”
An additional link at the legislative bill-tracking site reveals a single page of opposition testimony as well as commentary on an apparently unrelated bill, SB2441, regarding the Hawaiian seal, the official state mammal. As reported by The Post & Email, the two aforementioned pages appeared last evening for the first time.
SB2937 was introduced by state Senator Will Espero on January 28, 2010 and sought to label certain requesters of information from the Hawaii state government “vexatious.” Senator Espero has stated in at least two different email exchanges that he does not believe the bill will go forward during this legislative session.