By BJ Reyes
The governor's office is encouraging members of the public to apply for state boards or commission vacancies that are expected to occur as the result of a new law that will require disclosure of some personal, financial information.
On July 8, when Senate Bill 2682 takes effect, members of 15 boards and commissions will be required to make public their annual financial disclosure statements.
From the conference committee report on the bill, the measure is to ensure that:
" ... members of the public, especially those who are involved with and may be impacted by a board or commission member's action, are able to identify and raise concerns about possible conflicts of interest. This measure increases public disclosure to assist in identifying possible conflicts of interest among certain board or commission members."
In a news release Thursday, the governor's office said members of the public may apply themselves or recommend qualified applicants online at: http://governor.hawaii.gov/about/boards-and-commissions/
The governor's office oversees more than 180 boards and commissions established by the state constitution, statutes or executive orders.