STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1079
RE: S.B. No. 610
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 S.B. No. 610, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
(1) Being engaged in the occupation that the board or commission regulates;
(2) Being associated with a member of the occupation that the board or commission regulates that results in a material conflict of interest, an appearance of impropriety, or a reasonable suspicion that the public member does not represent the public interest; or
(3) Having a direct financial interest in the regulated occupation.
Your Committee finds that public members of a board or commission should strictly represent the public interest and should be prohibited from being engaged in or having a direct financial interest in the occupation that the board or commission member regulates.
Your Committee further finds that clarity is needed in the definition of the term "material conflict of interest", as professions may define that term differently. Due to testimony received by the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs as to the enforceability of the term "material conflict of interest", your Committee consulted with numerous legal sources to refine the definition.
Accordingly, your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Defining the term "material conflict of interest" to mean a conflict of interest that has the potential to:
(A) Influence a member's decision or conduct; or
(B) Have a non-trivial impact on the financial situation of a person or an entity in which the member or immediate family member of the member has a significant financial interest;
(2) Changing its effective date to July 1, 2112, to encourage further discussion; and
(3) 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 Government Reform that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 610, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 610, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Government Reform,
ANGUS L.K. McKELVEY, Chair