HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
TWENTY-NINTH LEGISLATURE, 2017
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO ETHICS.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. Section 84-17, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsections (i) and (j) to read as follows:
"(i) Failure of a legislator, a delegate
to the constitutional convention, or employee to file a disclosure of financial
interests as required by this section shall be a violation of this chapter.
Any legislator, delegate to a constitutional convention, or employee who fails
to file a disclosure of financial interests when due shall be assessed an
administrative fine of [
$50.] $75. The state ethics commission, upon
the expiration of the time allowed for filing, may post on its website for public
inspection a list of all persons who have failed to file financial disclosure
statements. The state ethics commission shall notify a person, by [ registered
mail, return receipt requested,] in-person service, electronic mail to
the person's state electronic mail address, or first class mail, of the
failure to file, and the disclosure of financial interests shall be submitted
to the state ethics commission not later than 4:30 p.m. on the tenth day
after notification of the failure to file has been mailed to the person. If a
disclosure of financial interests has not been filed within ten days of the due
date, an additional administrative fine of $10 for each day a disclosure remains
unfiled shall be added to the administrative fine. All administrative fines
collected under this section shall be deposited in the State's general fund.
Any administrative fine for late filing shall be in addition to any other
action the state ethics commission may take under this chapter for
violations of the state ethics code. The state ethics commission may
waive any administrative fines assessed under this subsection for good cause
(j) The chief election officer, upon receipt
of the nomination paper of any person seeking a state elective office,
including the office of delegate to the constitutional convention, shall notify
the state ethics commission of the name of the candidate for state
office and the date on which the person filed the nomination paper. The state
ethics commission, upon the expiration of the time allowed for filing, shall
release to the public a list of all candidates who have failed to file
financial disclosure statements and shall immediately assess a late filing
penalty fee against those candidates of [
$25] $50, which shall be
collected by the state ethics commission and deposited into the general fund.
The state ethics commission may investigate, initiate, or receive
charges as to whether a candidate's financial disclosure statement discloses
the financial interests required to be disclosed. After proceeding in conformance
with section 84-31, the state ethics commission may issue a decision as
to whether a candidate has complied with section 84-17(f) and this decision shall
be a matter of public record."
SECTION 2. This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun before its effective date.
SECTION 3. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
State Ethics Commission; Financial Disclosure Statements; Notice; Administrative Fine
Authorizes the state ethics commission to post on its website for public inspection, the names of legislators, delegates to the constitutional convention, or certain employees who fail to file their financial disclosure statements by the statutory deadline. Allows the state ethics commission to use in-person service, electronic mail, or first-class mail to notify legislators, delegates to the constitutional convention, or certain employees who fail to timely file their financial disclosure statements. Increases the administrative fine and late penalty fee for failure to timely file financial disclosure statements. (HB852 CD1)
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