Opinion Letter No. 06-01
February 28, 2006
The Housing and Community Development Authority
asked OIP for an opinion on two issues regarding the public’s
right to testify at a meeting subject to the Sunshine Law, part
I of chapter 92, Hawaii Revised Statutes (“HRS”).
OIP concluded that public testimony on all
agenda items may be taken at the beginning of a meeting; however,
a board must allow a person to testify on as many of the agenda
items as the person wishes. A testifier does not have the right
to question board members under the guise of oral testimony.