STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2911
RE: S.B. No. 2148
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2020
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred S.B. No. 2148 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO VIOLATIONS OF CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAW,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to specifically authorize the Campaign Spending Commission to assess administrative fines of $5,000 per occurrence, or three times the amount of an unlawful contribution or expenditure, against a noncandidate committee that makes only independent expenditures and either receives at least one contribution of more than $10,000 from a person or makes expenditures of more than $10,000 in one election period.
Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the Campaign Spending Commission, Common Cause Hawaii, and six individuals.
Your Committee finds that this measure will authorize the Campaign Spending Commission to enforce the campaign spending laws against Political Action Committees commonly referred to as "super PACS."
Your Committee has amended this measure by changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to facilitate further discussion on the measure.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2148, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2148, S.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair