Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission Submits Measures Ahead of Session - State and Federal Communications

January 14, 2020  •  

Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission Submits Measures Ahead of Session

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Ahead of the 2020 legislative session, the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission has submitted six measures to the Senate President and the House Speaker for introduction.

The proposed measure relating to campaign finance reports clarifies that the increased fine for the late-filing of preliminary reports only applies to the reports due 10 days before a primary, general, or special election.

This proposed change is due to the additional preliminary reports mandated by the Legislature last session.

Other proposals include legislation introduced but not passed last session, such as House Bill 164 relating to electioneering communications.

The measure includes:

  • Changing the disclosure date of electioneering communication
  • Adding advertisements sent by mail to the definition of electioneering communication
  • Rewording an exception to that definition to make it clear that candidate committees rather than noncandidate committees are required to file statements of information

The 2020 Legislative session is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, January 15.

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