STAND. COM. REP. NO. 38
RE: H.B. No. 145
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. 145 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to require excess contributions by nonresident contributors to a candidate, candidate committee, or noncandidate committee to escheat to the Hawaii Election Campaign Fund if not returned to the contributor within thirty days of receipt of the excess contribution.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Campaign Spending Commission, Common Cause Hawaii, and one individual. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from one individual.
Your Committee finds that this measure will provide another source of income for the Hawaii Election Campaign Fund and allow candidates to more readily use available public financing through the Fund.
Your Committee has amended this measure by changing its 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. 145, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 145, 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