In early April 2001, the state Office of Information Practices issued a formal opinion (No. 01-01) declaring that the city's 19 vision teams must abide by the state open-meetings law, known as the "Sunshine Law." A year later, the OIP conducted an investigation to confirm compliance. The investigation resulted in a letter released on March 3, 2003, showing a 90% non-compliance rate. In a letter dated April 2, 2003, state Senators Les Ihara and Donna Kim requested enforcement action from the State Attorney General. In a letter dated July 18, 2003, the Attorney General's office responded: "We do not agree with the OIP that Vision Teams are "boards" and that the Sunshine Law applies to them." Read More | Honolulu Weekly cartoon 6-12-2002

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