It still is strange that HI wouldn't come back with the first response and say no index for Steve Dunham. Why wait until the 3rd (?) response many months later?
Anyway, I completely agree with this statement:
"There is no reason in the world why they won't let the public, know the difference between a COLB with date filed by Registrar and date accepted by State Registrar."
he request was made on Oct. 29, 2009, and read as follows:
Aloha Ms. Okubo,
IAW Hawaii Revised Statute, paragraph 338-18( d), I am requesting all index data pertaining to the vital records of Steve Dunham, Steven Dunham, Stephen Dunham born on 8/4/61. Please send me death, birth, divorce and marriage index and any other information you have on the index for this name.
This statute at para (d) provides officials no authority to withhold the requested information. Therefore, I as an American citizen, am invoking Revised Statute, paragraph 338-18(d) Disclosure of records, which reads as follows: (d) Index data consisting of name and sex of the registrant, type of vital event, and such other data as the director may authorize shall be made available to the public. Please follow any other statutes of Hawaii that cover this information to be released.
The answer came from Okubo on Nov. 10, 2009 and was contained in an Acknowledgment to Requester form, which read thus:
This acknowledgment is provided in accordance with section 2-71-13, Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR), because the following extenuating circumstance(s) exist::
X Agency requires additional time to respond to the request in order to avoid an unreasonable interference with its other statutory duties and functions.