THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

528

THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

relating to political advertisements.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. Section 11-391, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"11-391 Advertisements. (a) Any advertisement that is broadcast, televised, circulated, published, distributed, or otherwise communicated, including by electronic means, shall:

(1) Contain the name and address of the candidate, candidate committee, noncandidate committee, or other person paying for the advertisement;

(2) Contain a notice in a prominent location and, for any printed advertisement, including an advertisement communicated by electronic means, on each page of the advertisement, stating either that:

(A) The advertisement has the approval and authority of the candidate; provided that an advertisement paid for by a candidate, candidate committee, or ballot issue committee does not need to include the notice; or

(B) The advertisement has not been approved by the candidate; and

(3) Not contain false information about the time, date, place, or means of voting.

(b) The fine for violation of this section, if assessed by the commission, shall not exceed [$25] $50 for each advertisement that lacks the information required by this section or provides prohibited information, and shall not exceed an aggregate amount of $5,000[.] or the contract amount of the advertisement, whichever is greater."

SECTION 2. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 3. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Political Advertisements; Prominent Display of Candidate Approval for Printed and Electronic Political Advertisements

 

Description:

Requires printed and electronic political advertising to prominently display candidate-approval language on each page. Increases the fine for violations.

 

 

 

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