STAND. COM. REP. NO.  922-20

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2020

 

RE:   H.B. No. 2124

      H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2020

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

     Your Committee on Judiciary, to which was referred H.B. No. 2124, H.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE CODE OF ETHICS,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

     The purpose of this measure is to:

 

     (1)  Prohibit certain state officials and employees from representing certain private interests before the State for twelve months after termination from their respective state positions; and

 

(2)  Specify that the prohibition against disclosing any information not available to the public or using the information for personal gain or benefit applies even to those who were employed by the State for less than one hundred eighty-one days.

 

     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Hawaii State Ethics Commission, Common Cause Hawaii, Pono Hawaii Initiative, and seven individuals.

 

Your Committee finds that it is in the public interest to keep a distinct wall of separation between lobbyists and the State's elected officials and certain other government employees.

 

     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 H.B. No. 2124, H.D. 1, and recommends that it pass Third Reading.

 

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

 

 

 

 

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CHRIS LEE, Chair