STAND. COM. REP. NO.86-02
RE: H.B. No. 2189
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred H.B. No. 2189 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO INCOME TAX CHECK-OFF,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to increase the voluntary income tax check-off amount payable to the Hawaii Election Campaign Fund.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from Advocates for Consumer Rights, Common Cause Hawaii, Hawaii Clean Elections, the Kokua Council, the League of Women Voters of Hawaii, and several concerned individuals. The Libertarian Party of Hawaii provided testimony in support of the intent of this measure. The state Campaign Spending Commission testified that the bill is not necessary. The state Department of Taxation commented on the measure.
Your Committee finds it to be in the public interest to enhance funding for the Hawaii Election Campaign Fund to assure public funding for candidates for public office.
Your Committee has amended this measure to render it applicable to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2001, rather than after December 31, 2000, to avoid retroactive application.
Your Committee has also made technical, nonsubstantive changes for clarity and style.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2189, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2189, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Finance.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs,
ERIC G. HAMAKAWA, Chair