Financial Disclosure; Candidate

Exempts candidates from having to file an initial financial
disclosure if they have already filed as a state elected or
appointed official in the year of their election.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES                H.B. NO.           
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            

                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT



 1      SECTION 1.  In compliance with section 84-17, Hawaii Revised
 2 Statutes, candidates who currently hold state office file
 3 financial disclosures twice during election years:  once between
 4 January 1 and May 31 as a state official, and then again in
 5 August as a candidate when running for re-election or another
 6 office.  This usually results in duplicate filing since there are
 7 only three months between the two filing deadlines.
 8      The purpose of this Act is to eliminate duplicate filings by
 9 exempting candidates from having to file an initial financial
10 disclosure if they have already filed as a state official in an
11 election year.
12      SECTION 2.  Section 84-17, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
13 amended by amending subsection (c) to read as follows:
14      "(c)  The following persons shall file annually with the
15 state ethics commission a disclosure of financial interests:
16      (1)  The governor, the lieutenant governor, the members of
17           the legislature, and delegates to the constitutional
18           convention; provided that delegates to the
19           constitutional convention shall only be required to

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 1           file initial disclosures;
 2      (2)  The directors and their deputies, the division chiefs,
 3           the executive directors and the executive secretaries
 4           and their deputies, the purchasing agents and the
 5           fiscal officers, regardless of the titles by which the
 6           foregoing persons are designated, of every state agency
 7           and department;
 8      (3)  The permanent employees of the legislature and its
 9           service agencies, other than persons employed in
10           clerical, secretarial, or similar positions;
11      (4)  The administrative director of the State, and the
12           assistants in the office of the governor and the
13           lieutenant governor, other than persons employed in
14           clerical, secretarial, or similar positions;
15      (5)  The hearings officers of every state agency and
16           department;
17      (6)  The president, the vice presidents, assistant vice
18           presidents, the chancellors, and the provosts of the
19           University of Hawaii and its community colleges;
20      (7)  The superintendent, the deputy superintendent, the
21           assistant superintendents, the district
22           superintendents, the state librarian, and the deputy
23           state librarian of the department of education;

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 1      (8)  The administrative director and the deputy director of
 2           the courts;
 3      (9)  The members of every state board or commission whose
 4           original terms of office are for periods exceeding one
 5           year and whose functions are not solely advisory;
 6     (10)  Candidates for state elective offices, including
 7           candidates for election to the constitutional
 8           convention, provided that candidates shall only be
 9           required to file initial disclosures; provided that
10           candidates have not already filed between January 1 and
11           May 31 as a state official for the disclosure period;
12           and
13     (11)  The administrator and assistant administrator of the
14           office of Hawaiian affairs."
15      SECTION 3.  New statutory material is underscored.
16      SECTION 4.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
18                              INTRODUCED BY:______________________