HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THIRTY-SECOND LEGISLATURE, 2023
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. Section 84-17, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
"§84-17 Requirements of disclosure. (a) For the purposes of this section, "disclosure period" refers to the period from January 1 of the preceding calendar year to the time of the filing of the employee's or legislator's disclosure of financial interests.
(b) The disclosure of financial [
interests required by this section shall be filed:
(1) By any person enumerated in subsection (c), except a member of the legislature, between January 1 and May 31 of each year;
(2) By a member of the legislature between January 1 and January 31 of each year;
(3) Within thirty days of a person's election or appointment to a state position enumerated in subsection (c); or
(4) Within thirty days of separation from a state position if a prior financial disclosure statement for the position was not filed within the one hundred eighty days preceding the date of separation;
that candidates for state elective offices or the constitutional convention
shall file the required statements no later than twenty days [
prior to] before
the date of the primary election for state offices or the election of delegates
to the constitutional convention.
(c) The following persons shall file annually with the state ethics commission a disclosure of financial interests:
the] lieutenant governor, [ the] members of the
legislature, and delegates to the constitutional convention; provided that
delegates to the constitutional convention shall only be required to file
(2) The directors and their deputies, the division chiefs, the executive directors and the executive secretaries and their deputies, the purchasing agents, and the fiscal officers, regardless of the titles by which the foregoing persons are designated, of every state agency and department;
(3) The permanent employees of the legislature and its service agencies, other than persons employed in clerical, secretarial, or similar positions;
administrative director of the State, and the assistants in the office of the
governor and [
the] lieutenant governor, other than persons employed in
clerical, secretarial, or similar positions;
(5) The hearings officers of every state agency and department;
the] vice presidents, assistant vice presidents, [ the]
chancellors, and [ the] provosts of the University of Hawaii and its
the] deputy superintendent, [ the] assistant
superintendents, [ the] complex area superintendents, [ the] state
librarian, and [ the] deputy state librarian of the department of
administrative director and [
the] deputy director of the courts;
(9) The members of every state board or commission whose original terms of office are for periods exceeding one year and whose functions are not solely advisory;
for state elective offices, including candidates for election to the
,]; provided that candidates shall only
be required to file initial disclosures;
(11) The administrator and assistant administrator of the office of Hawaiian affairs;
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(13) The members of the school facilities board appointed by the governor.
(d) The financial disclosure statements of the following persons shall be public records and available for inspection and duplication:
(1) The governor, [
governor, [ the] members of the legislature, candidates for and delegates
to the constitutional convention, [ the] trustees of the office of
Hawaiian affairs, and candidates for state elective offices;
(2) The directors of the state departments and their deputies, regardless of the titles by which the foregoing persons are designated; provided that with respect to the department of the attorney general, the foregoing shall apply only to the attorney general and the first deputy attorney general;
(3) The administrative director of the State;
(4) The president, [
presidents, [ the] assistant vice presidents, [ the] chancellors,
members of the board of regents, and [ the] provosts of the University of
(5) The members of the board of education [
the], superintendent, [ the] deputy superintendent, [ the]
state librarian, and [ the] deputy state librarian of the department of
(6) The administrative director and [
deputy director of the courts;
(7) The administrator and [
assistant administrator of the office of Hawaiian affairs; and
(8) The members of the following state boards, commissions, and agencies:
(A) The board of directors of the agribusiness development corporation established under section 163D-3;
(B) The board of agriculture established under section 26-16;
(C) The state ethics commission established under section 84-21;
(D) The Hawaii community development authority established under section 206E-3;
(E) The Hawaiian homes commission established under the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1920, as amended, and section 26-17;
(F) The board of directors of the Hawaii housing finance and development corporation established under section 201H-3;
(G) The board of land and natural resources established under section 171-4;
(H) The state land use commission established under section 205-1;
(I) The legacy land conservation commission established under section 173A-2.4;
(J) The natural area reserves system commission established under section 195-6;
(K) The board of directors of the natural energy laboratory of Hawaii authority established under section 227D-2;
(L) The board of directors of the Hawaii public housing authority established under section 356D‑3;
(M) The public utilities commission established under section 269-2;
(N) The commission on water resource management established under section 174C-7; and
(O) The stadium authority established under section 109-1.
(e) The information on the financial disclosure statements shall be confidential, except as provided in subsection (d). The commission shall not release the contents of the disclosures except as may be permitted pursuant to this chapter. Any person who releases any confidential information shall be subject to section 84-31(c).
(f) Candidates for state elective offices, including candidates for election to the constitutional convention, shall only be required to disclose their own financial interests. The disclosures of financial interests of all other persons designated in subsection (c) shall state, in addition to the financial interests of the person disclosing, the financial interests of the person's spouse and dependent children. All disclosures shall include:
(1) The source and amount of all income of $1,000 or more received, for services rendered, by the person in the person's own name or by any other person for the person's use or benefit during the preceding calendar year and the nature of the services rendered; provided that required disclosure under this paragraph for the income source of the spouse or dependent child of a person subject to subsection (d) shall be limited to the name of the business or other qualifying source of income, and need not include the income source's address; provided further that other information that may be privileged by law or individual items of compensation that constitute a portion of the gross income of the business or profession from which the person derives income need not be disclosed;
(2) The amount and identity of every ownership or beneficial interest held during the disclosure period in any business having a value of $5,000 or more or equal to ten per cent of the ownership of the business and, if the interest was transferred during the disclosure period, the date of the transfer; provided that an interest in the form of an account in a federal or state regulated financial institution, an interest in the form of a policy in a mutual insurance company, or individual items in a mutual fund or a blind trust, if the mutual fund or blind trust has been disclosed pursuant to this paragraph, need not be disclosed;
(3) Every officership, directorship, trusteeship, or other fiduciary relationship held in a business during the disclosure period, the term of office and the annual compensation;
(4) The name of each creditor to whom the value of $3,000 or more was owed during the disclosure period and the original amount and amount outstanding; provided that debts arising out of retail installment transactions for the purchase of consumer goods need not be disclosed;
(5) The street address and, if available, the tax map key number, and the value of any real property in which the person holds an interest whose value is $10,000 or more, and, if the interest was transferred or obtained during the disclosure period, a statement of the amount and nature of the consideration received or paid in exchange for such interest, and the name of the person furnishing or receiving the consideration; provided that disclosure shall not be required of the street address and tax map key number of the person's residence;
(6) The names of clients assisted or represented before state agencies, except in ministerial matters, for a fee or compensation during the disclosure period and the names of the state agencies involved; and
(7) The amount and identity of every creditor interest in an insolvent business held during the disclosure period having a value of $5,000 or more.
(g) In addition to the disclosures required under subsection (f), each member of the legislature shall also disclose the name of any person that is subject to section 97-3 and that is:
(1) A business partner of the member;
(2) An employer of the member;
(3) An officer or director of the member's employer; or
(4) A client of the member, member's partner, or member's employer, where the client provided at least $5,000 of income during the preceding calendar year.
As used in this subsection:
"Member" means a member of the legislature.
"Member's partner" means a member's spouse under chapter 572, civil union partner under chapter 572B, or reciprocal beneficiary under chapter 572C.
(g)] (h) Where an amount is required to be reported,
the person disclosing may indicate whether the amount is at least $1,000 but
less than $10,000; at least $10,000 but less than $25,000; at least $25,000 but
less than $50,000; at least $50,000 but less than $100,000; at least $100,000
but less than $150,000; at least $150,000 but less than $250,000; at least
$250,000 but less than $500,000; at least $500,000 but less than $750,000; at
least $750,000 but less than $1,000,000; or $1,000,000 or more. An amount of stock may be reported by number
(i) The state ethics commission
shall provide a method for filing financial disclosure statements. The commission may require that financial
disclosure statements be filed electronically.
(i)] (j) Failure of a legislator, a delegate to the
constitutional convention, or an employee to file a disclosure of
financial interests as required by this section shall be a violation of this
chapter. Any legislator, delegate to a
constitutional convention, or employee who fails to file a disclosure of
financial interests when due shall be assessed an administrative fine of $75. The state ethics commission, upon the
expiration of the time allowed for filing, may post on its website for public
inspection a list of all persons who have failed to file financial disclosure
statements. The state ethics
commission shall notify a person, by in-person service, electronic mail to the
person's state electronic mail address, or [ first class] first-class
mail, of the failure to file, and the disclosure of financial interests shall
be submitted to the state ethics commission [ not] no later than
4:30 p.m. on the tenth day after notification of the failure to file has been
mailed to the person. If a disclosure of
financial interests has not been filed within ten days of the due date, an
additional administrative fine of $10 for each day a disclosure remains unfiled
shall be added to the administrative fine.
All administrative fines collected under this section shall be deposited
in the State's general fund. Any
administrative fine for late filing shall be in addition to any other action
the state ethics commission may take under this chapter for violations of the
state ethics code. The state ethics
commission may waive any administrative fines assessed under this subsection
for good cause shown.
(j)] (k) The chief election officer, upon receipt of
the nomination paper of any person seeking a state elective office, including
the office of delegate to the constitutional convention, shall notify the state
ethics commission of the name of the candidate for state office and the date on
which the person filed the nomination paper.
The state ethics commission, upon the expiration of the time allowed for
filing, shall release to the public a list of all candidates who have failed to
file financial disclosure statements and shall immediately assess a late filing
penalty fee against those candidates of $50, which shall be collected
by the state ethics commission and deposited into the general fund. The state ethics commission may investigate,
initiate, or receive charges as to whether a candidate's financial disclosure
statement discloses the financial interests required to be disclosed. After proceeding in conformance with section
84-31, the state ethics commission may issue a decision as to whether a
candidate has complied with section 84-17(f) and this decision shall be a matter
of public record."
SECTION 2. This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun before its effective date.
Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect on January 1, 2025.
State Ethics Commission Package; Financial Disclosures; Legislators; Lobbyists; Relationships
Beginning 1/1/2025, requires each state legislator to include within the legislator's disclosure of financial interests the names of certain lobbyists with whom the legislator has a relationship. (HD1)
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