STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1512
RE: H.B. No. 732
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirty-Second State Legislature
Regular Session of 2023
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Judiciary, to which was referred H.B. No. 732, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO COMPLAINTS ALLEGING VIOLATIONS OF CAMPAIGN SPENDING LAWS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to allow the Campaign Spending Commission to treat a respondent's failure to explain or otherwise respond to a complaint alleging a violation of campaign spending laws as a rebuttable presumption that a violation has occurred.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Campaign Spending Commission, Commission to Improve Standards of Conduct, League of Women Voters of Hawaii, and one individual.
Your Committee finds that currently, the Campaign Spending Commission has to make repeated attempts to communicate with a respondent regarding a complaint alleging a violation of campaign spending laws before putting the matter on a meeting agenda for action. This wastes the Campaign Spending Commission's time and resources. This measure will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the Campaign Spending Commission in enforcing campaign spending laws.
Your Committee has amended this measure by specifying that the respondent shall have thirty days from the mailing of the complaint to respond before the presumption arises.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 732, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 732, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, and be placed on the calendar for Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary,
KARL RHOADS, Chair