STAND. COM. REP. NO. 3501
RE: H.B. No. 2124
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2020
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Government Operations, 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 and intent 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, and seven individuals.
Your Committee finds that under current law, former legislators and high ranking public officials are prohibited from representing others for compensation on matters the legislator or former official participated in as a legislator or officer, or took official action on as a legislator or public official within twelve months of leaving their public office. The current law, however, does not prevent these former public officials from representing a client for compensation by representing the private client before all divisions of the state executive or legislative branches at any level.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Clarifying that section 84-18(a), Hawaii Revised Statutes, regarding maintaining confidentiality of information, applies to former State employees of any length of time;
(2) Clarifying that sections 84-18(b) through (e), Hawaii Revised Statutes, regarding prohibiting the revolving door policy on lobbying, applies to former State employees who have worked a minimum of 181 days and every Executive Director, Director or Administrator of a board, authority, or commission enumerated in section 84-17(d), Hawaii Revised Statutes; and
(3) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Government Operations that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2124, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2124, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Government Operations,
LAURA H. THIELEN, Chair