Rep Kymberly Pine (Hawaii Republican State Legislator) is hopping mad at her ex-website designer.  According to Eric Ryan, her website designer, she didn’t pay her bill so he…er….”redesigned” her website and the changed  header on her email list.  Next time she sent out an email blast to her supporters and the press the header read, “Kymberly Pine is a Crook”.  Uh Oh.  Bad idea to piss off your web designer while he still has access to your site, Kym.

Getting  no relief from the courts, (sorry, Kym, if you don’t pay your website bill, it isn’t yours) she decided to take things into her own hands and use her position on the Hawai’i State Legislature to get vengeance for her humiliation.

This was not a very bright decision on Kymberly Pine’s part because it brought national attention to her, the website and her ludicrous bills.

First up – The bill that got the national attention: HB2288. HB2288 would have required that all entities providing Internet access track and store every page every customer visits and keep that information for two years.  In one fell swoop she got the Internet citizens mad at her (and they were primed having just finished blacking out sites on Stop SOPA day) AND she got the guys on the other side mad at her too (ISPs, Telcoms and even coffee houses – we’ll get to the coffee houses later)

She even made CNET news. And not in a good way.

So why did coffee houses weigh in?  The bill was so poorly written that even places offering their customers wi-fi could have been required to track and store their customer’s Internet history.

Testimony poured in. Two letters favored the bill: The Honolulu Police Department and a woman that I’m betting was Rep. Pine’s friend.  Right after the HPD’s letter (which was salivating over the prospect of being able to track every citizen in Hawaii’s Internet use) the Honolulu County IT Manager weighed in, saying he’d have to shut down his LAN system if the bill passed.  Apparently HPD didn’t check with IT about the technical downside of this bill.

The ISPs, Tmobile, Verizon  all sent testimony pointing out that with shared IPs, identifying who was accessing what page would be technologically challenging and storing all that information would require acres of data equipment.

The ACLU pointed out that the Fourth Amendment prohibits actions like this without a warrant.  Voters mentioned the First Amendment and the chilling effect of having every website you visit stored for easy perusal by police.

Within an hour someone registered and redirected it to an article bashing the bill.

Here’s the inside story of what happened and how the bill was killed.

Rep Angus McKelvey (West Maui) chair of the committee that killed HB2288  is a technical guy and immediately saw all the problems with the bill. But, he said,

You can’t kill a bill and make sure it stays dead unless you HEAR the bill.

McKelvey also wanted to get all the tech guys to come, testify and get all the problems with the bill on the record.

So he got the testimony against the bill on the record, exposed Rep Pine for creating it and then killed it dead, dead, dead.

Turns out there was no need for our panicked call to his office…he was 3 steps ahead of us and had already checkmated the bill’s proponents.

Next up – Rep Pine’s bill to make web designers who use “unauthorized” material guilty of a felony.  I kid you not.  And we’re not talking about copyright infringement – we’re talking about material that their employer says is “unauthorized”.  HB2287, if passed, will wipe out all the web designers in Hawai’i.  Who would want to do business in a state where it is a felony to use what your client claims to be “unauthorized material”?

Naturally this is most likely aimed at but it would also bring down the designer who wrote the parody of Linda Lingle: and who knows how many other websites – especially in the political arena where copyright laws allow fair use of political figures.

Although Rep Pine got a Democrat, John Mizuno (famous for trying to introduce a bill requiring drug testing of all residents receiving government subsidized housing), to introduce her bills, these were pretty much GOP backed bills.

This is your version of “small government”, Republicans?