STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1517


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2019


RE:   S.B. No. 197

      H.D. 1





Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Judiciary, to which was referred S.B. No. 197 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to establish an exemption from the prohibition against using election campaign funds for charitable donations or to award scholarships during the period from the filing of nomination papers to the date of the general election for candidates who are already declared elected to office after running unopposed in primary election or who will be unopposed in the general election.


     Common Cause Hawaii, Honolulu County Republican Party, and two individuals testified in support of this measure.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by expanding the exemption to include candidates who are defeated in a primary election and will not be candidates in the subsequent general election.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 197, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 197, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Finance.



Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary,