BY HAWAII REPORTER

Hawaii public employees will not be able to conceal their name, compensation range, and job description.

Senate Bill 1094, introduced by Senate Judiciary and Labor Chair Clayton Hee, D-Kahaluu, relating to public disclosure, died on a 2 to 2 vote in the committee today. Hee did not have the votes to pass the measure.

Sen. Les Ihara, D-Kaimuki and Sen. Sam Slom, R-Hawaii Kai, voted against the bill.  Hee voted in support and Sen. Mike Gabbard, D-Kapolei, in support with reservations. A tied vote meant the measure failed.

Open government advocates were opposed to the bill that defined which government records would be kept secret and which records would be available to the public.

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