HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THIRTY-SECOND LEGISLATURE, 2023
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO VIOLATIONS OF CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAW.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. Section 11-410, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended as follows:
1. By amending subsection (a) to read:
The commission may make a decision or issue an order affecting any
person violating any provision of this part [
or section 281-22] that may
provide for the assessment of an administrative fine as follows:
(1) If [
an individual,] a person
other than a person described in paragraph (2), an amount not to exceed
$1,000 for each occurrence or an amount [ equivalent] not to exceed
three times the amount of an unlawful contribution or expenditure; or
(2) If a [
association, or labor union,] noncandidate committee that makes only
independent expenditures and has either received at least one contribution of
more than $10,000 from any one person or has made expenditures of more than
$10,000 in the aggregate, in an election period, an amount not to exceed
[ $1,000] $5,000 for each occurrence; or an amount not to
exceed three times the amount of an unlawful contribution or expenditure;
provided that whenever a corporation, organization, association, or labor union violates this part, the violation may be deemed to be also that of the individual directors, officers, or agents of the corporation, organization, association, or labor union, who have knowingly authorized, ordered, or done any of the acts constituting the violation."
2. By amending subsection (c) to read:
"(c) If an administrative fine is imposed upon a
,] or noncandidate committee, the commission may order
that the fine, or any portion[ ,] of the fine, be paid from the [ candidate's]
personal funds[ .] of the candidate or the funds of the noncandidate
committee; provided that if the noncandidate committee cannot pay, the
commission may order that the fine be paid from the personal funds of the
candidate or officers of the noncandidate committee."
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.
SECTION 3. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission Package; Fines; Noncandidate Committees; Independent Expenditures
Increases the amount of fine from $1,000 to $5,000 that may be assessed against a noncandidate committee making only independent expenditures that has received at least 1 contribution of more than $10,000, or spent more than $10,000 in an election period, for campaign spending law violations. Allows the Campaign Spending Commission to order the fine be up to 3 times the amount of the unlawful contribution or expenditure, and to order that the payment of the fine assessed against a noncandidate committee, or any portion thereof, be paid from the personal funds of the candidate or the funds of the noncandidate committee or if the noncandidate committee cannot pay, the personal funds of the candidate or officers of the noncandidate committee. (SD1)
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