Report Title:

Legislators; Mass Mailings

Description:

Prohibits legislators from mailing mass mailings postmarked fewer than 60 days before any election in which the legislator is a candidate. Defines "mass mailing."

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

751

TWENTY-SECOND LEGISLATURE, 2003

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 


 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

RElating to mass mailings by legislators.

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

SECTION 1. Chapter 84, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"84- Mass mailings by legislators. No legislator shall mail any mass mailing using state funds if the mass mailing is postmarked fewer than sixty days before the date of any primary or general election, whether regular, special, or runoff for any national, state, or local election in which the legislator is a candidate for election.

As used in this section, the term "mass mailing" means any mailing of legislative newsletters or other pieces of legislative mail with substantially identical content, whether the mail is deposited singly or in bulk, or at the same time or different times, totaling more than five hundred pieces, except that the term does not include the following:

(1) Any mailing of matter in direct response to a communication from a person to whom the matter is mailed;

(2) Any mailing to other legislators or to federal, state, or local government officials; or

(3) Any mailing of a news release to the communications media."

SECTION 2. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 3. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

INTRODUCED BY:

_____________________________

By Request