STAND. COM. REP. NO. 529
RE: H.B. No. 143
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. 143 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO REPORTS FILED WITH THE CAMPAIGN SPENDING COMMISSION,"
begs leave to report as follows:
(1) Exempt candidates who are either unsuccessful or elected to office in a primary election from the requirement to file preliminary general reports for the following general election; and
(2) Clarify the aggregate contribution and expenditure amounts that trigger the requirement for a candidate or noncandidate committee to file only the final election period report.
Your Committee finds that reporting requirements under campaign finance law are important to maintain transparency and fairness in elections. Your Committee further finds that preliminary reports are due throughout the spring, summer, and fall in an election year. However, the final two preliminary reports are due between the primary election and subsequent general election. Your Committee therefore finds that requiring candidates who are either unsuccessful or who have been elected to office in a primary election to file preliminary reports between the primary and general election is unnecessary.
Your Committee has amended this measure by changing the effective date to July 1, 2112, to encourage further discussion.
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. 143, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 143, 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