STAND. COM. REP. NO. 874
RE: H.B. No. 144
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:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTIONEERING COMMUNICATIONS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
(3) Classifying election advertisements sent by mail at any postal rate as electioneering communications; and
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,
MARK M. NAKASHIMA, Chair