Hawaii Legislative Session Adjourns Sine Die - State and Federal Communications

April 29, 2021  •  

Hawaii Legislative Session Adjourns Sine Die

The 31st session of the Hawaii Legislature will adjourn sine die on April 29 after 55 days in session.

During the legislative session, lawmakers introduced several bills related to campaign finance and lobbying laws.

Senate Bill 0166, related to campaign finance, prohibits foreign nationals and foreign corporations from making independent expenditures. The bill requires every corporation that contributes or expends funds in a state election to file a statement of certification regarding its limited foreign influence.

Additionally, the bill requires noncandidate committees making only independent expenditures to obtain a statement of certification from each top contributor required to be listed in an advertisement. If passed, the bill would become effective immediately.

Senate Bill 0557, relating to administrative action lobbying, expands the definition of administrative action for purposes of the lobbying laws to include granting or denying applications for business or development-related permits, licenses, or approvals.

The bill also clarifies that lobbying laws apply to lobbying by the executive branch. If passed, the bill would become effective September 1, 2021.

Bills signed by Gov. David Ige will go into effect July 1. Bills not signed by the governor will take effect 90 days after adjournment sine die.

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