STAND. COM. REP. NO. 36
RE: H.B. No. 141
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Government Reform, to which was referred H.B. No. 141 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO VIOLATIONS OF CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAW,"
begs leave to report as follows:
(1) Increase the amount of the fine that may be assessed against a noncandidate committee that makes only independent expenditures and that has received at least one contribution of more than $10,000 or spent more than $10,000 in an election period; and
(2) Authorize the Campaign Spending Commission to order that the fine, or any portion of the fine, assessed against a noncandidate committee be paid from the personal funds of the officers of the noncandidate committee.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Campaign Spending Commission, Common Cause Hawaii, League of Women Voters of Hawaii, and one individual. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from one individual.
Your Committee finds that this measure increases the amount of fines assessed against a committee that makes only independent expenditures, otherwise known as Super PACs, which is necessary in enforcement cases against Super PACs. This measure will also serve as a more effective deterrent against Super PACs from violating campaign spending laws.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Changing its effective date to July 1, 2112, to encourage further discussion; and
(2) Making a technical, nonsubstantive amendment for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Government Reform that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 141, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 141, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Government Reform,
ANGUS L.K. McKELVEY, Chair