Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2021


RE:   H.B. No. 144

      H.D. 2





Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2021

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred H.B. No. 144, H.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to amend the requirements for a statement of information filed by each person who makes an expenditure for electioneering communications by:


     (1)  Increasing the monetary threshold that triggers disclosure of electioneering communications;


     (2)  Requiring that disclosures of electioneering communications occur on the date the electioneering communications are publicly distributed;


     (3)  Classifying election advertisements sent by mail at any postal rate as electioneering communications; and


     (4)  Repealing the requirement that a person be treated as having made an expenditure if the person has executed a contract to make the expenditure.


     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Campaign Spending Commission, Common Cause Hawaii, and one individual.


     Your Committee finds that expenditures for electioneering communications may occur weeks or months before the electioneering communications are publicly distributed.  This measure changes the date to trigger the need to file the statement of information to coincide with the distribution date, which will be a timelier disclosure.


     Your Committee further finds that existing law requires disclosures of electioneering communication mailed by bulk rate but not by any other postal rate.  This measure removes the distinction between electioneering communication by different postal rates and requires disclosure of electioneering communication by any postal rate.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Excluding candidates and candidate committees from electioneering communication disclosure requirements; and


     (2)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 144, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 144, H.D. 2.



Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs,