CONFERENCE COMMITTEE REPORT NO. 36

                            Honolulu, Hawaii
                                            , 1999

                            RE:   S.B. No. 628
                                  S.D. 1
                                  H.D. 1
                                  C.D. 1




Honorable Norman Mizuguchi
President of the Senate
Twentieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 1999
State of Hawaii

Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twentieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 1999
State of Hawaii

Sir:

     Your Committee on Conference on the disagreeing vote of the
Senate to the amendments proposed by the House of Representatives
in S.B. No. 628, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, entitled:  

     "A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTIONS," 

having met, and after full and free discussion, has agreed to
recommend and does recommend to the respective Houses the final
passage of this bill in an amended form.

     The purpose of this measure is to strengthen our campaign
spending laws by: clarifying the types of campaign-related
activities to which the laws apply; establishing clear parameters
for when a candidate must register with the Campaign Spending
Commission; and clarifying the requirements regarding the
reporting and return of excess campaign contributions.

     Your Committee finds that constitutional constraints raise
questions regarding the degree to which the State can exercise
regulatory authority over informational or educational
advertising.  Similarly, the Attorney General has opined that
committees that receive and expend funds only to impact ballot

 
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issues cannot be subject to contribution limits.  Your Committee
further finds that amending the candidate registration threshold
will improve the Campaign Spending Commission's awareness and
monitoring of candidates in smaller races, who under present law
are not required to register until late in a campaign.

     Upon further consideration, your Committee has amended this
measure by:

     (1)  Inserting language in the definition of "committee" to
          exclude organizations which raise and expend funds for
          the sole purpose of production and dissemination of
          informational or educational advertising;

     (2)  Requiring that the Commission publish the names of
          those failing to file a report in both the newspaper
          and on its website;

     (3)  Retaining existing law with regard to registration of
          candidates for expenditures in an aggregate of amount
          of $100;

     (4)  Clarifying that limits on contributions shall not apply
          to contributions by a candidate to the candidate's own
          campaign; and 

     (5)  Making technical, non-substantive changes for the
          purposes of clarity and style.


     Your Committee on Conference is in accord with the intent
and purpose of S.B. No. 628, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, as amended herein,
and recommends that it pass Final Reading in the form attached
hereto as S.B. No. 628, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, C.D. 1.

                                   Respectfully submitted,

MANAGERS ON THE PART OF THE        MANAGERS ON THE PART OF THE
            HOUSE                             SENATE
                                   
                                   
                                   
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PAUL T. OSHIRO, Chair              AVERY B. CHUMBLEY, Co-Chair
                                   
                                   
                                   
______________________________     ______________________________
ERIC G. HAMAKAWA, Member           MATTHEW M. MATSUNAGA, Co-Chair

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SOL P. KAHO`OHALAHALA, Member      LES IHARA, JR., Member
                                   
                                   
                                   
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MARILYN B. LEE, Member             WHITNEY ANDERSON, Member



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EMILY J. AUWAE, Member

 
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