CONFERENCE COMMITTEE REP. NO. 15-14

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

                 , 2014

 

RE:    H.B. No. 452

       H.D. 1

       S.D. 1

       C.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Joseph M. Souki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Seventh State Legislature

Regular Session of 2014

State of Hawaii

 

Honorable Donna Mercado Kim

President of the Senate

Twenty-Seventh State Legislature

Regular Session of 2014

State of Hawaii

 

Sir and Madam:

 

     Your Committee on Conference on the disagreeing vote of the House of Representatives to the amendments proposed by the Senate in H.B. No. 452, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTION FRAUDS,"

 

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 increase protections for voting rights by:

 

     (1)  Prohibiting the inclusion of false information about the time, date, place, or means of voting in any advertisement that is broadcast, televised, circulated, published, distributed, or otherwise communicated; and

 

     (2)  Expanding the offense of election fraud to include any person who knowingly broadcasts, televises, circulates, publishes, distributes, or otherwise communicates, including by electronic means or advertisement, false information about the time, date, place, or means of voting with the purpose of impeding, preventing, or otherwise interfering with the free exercise of the elective franchise.

 

     Your Committee on Conference has amended this measure by:

 

     (1)  Deleting language amending the definition of "advertisement;"

 

     (2)  Clarifying that the amendments made to section 11-391, Hawaii Revised Statutes, regulating advertisements for election purposes, shall take effect immediately upon the passage of this measure and shall supersede amendments to that section previously scheduled to take effect on November 5, 2014, pursuant to Act 112, Session Laws of Hawaii 2013; and

 

     (3)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.

 

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the managers of your Committee on Conference that is attached to this report, your Committee on Conference is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 452, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Final Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 452, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, C.D. 1.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the managers:

 

ON THE PART OF THE SENATE

 

ON THE PART OF THE HOUSE

 

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CLAYTON HEE, Chair

 

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KARL RHOADS, Chair

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MAILE S.L. SHIMABUKURO, Co-Chair