STAND. COM. REP. NO. 3417

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: H.B. No. 2738

H.D. 1

S.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2020

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Judiciary, to which was referred H.B. No. 2738, H.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO CAMPAIGN FINANCE,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose and intent of this measure is to:

 

(1) Prohibit foreign nationals and foreign corporations from making independent expenditures;

 

(2) Require every corporation that contributes or expends funds in a state election to file a statement of certification regarding its limited foreign influence; and

 

(3) Require noncandidate committees making only independent expenditures to obtain a statement of certification from each top contributor required to be listed in an advertisement.

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from Common Cause Hawaii, Pono Hawaii Initiative, Americans for Democratic Action, League of Women Voters of Hawaii, and seven individuals. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Office of Elections and Campaign Spending Commission.

 

Your Committee finds that the State has a compelling interest in securing its democratic self-governance from foreign influence. This measure protects the State's democratic self‑governance by prohibiting foreign nationals and foreign corporations from making independent expenditures; requiring every corporation that contributes or expends funds in a state election to file a statement of certification regarding its status as a foreign corporation; and requiring noncandidate committees making only independent expenditures to obtain a statement of certification from each top contributor required to be listed in an advertisement.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

(1) Deleting language that would have provided exceptions for foreign nationals and foreign corporations to make independent expenditures;

 

(2) Requiring every corporation that contributes or expends funds in a state election to file a statement of certification regarding its limited foreign influence with the Campaign Spending Commission, rather than the Office of Elections; 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 Judiciary that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2738, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2738, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.

 

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

 

 

 

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KARL RHOADS, Chair