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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Bill sent to Lingle that would shield complaints about professionals

Associated Press

HONOLULU Hawaii lawmakers have passed legislation that would shield from public view complaints about real estate agents, doctors, barbers and many other licensed professionals.

The measure was passed Tuesday by the House and Senate, sending it to Gov. Linda Lingle's desk.

The measure would exempt from the state's public records law all complaints filed against licensed professionals listed in Title 25 of state law, except those that are resolved against the license holder.

It is opposed by the state Office of Information Practices, the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and Hawaii Common Cause.

The Hawaii Association of Realtors and the Building Industry Association-Hawaii supports the legislation.

The bill is HB 1212.