April 2, 2020 •

Hawaii Postpones Presidential Primary Election

The Democratic Party of Hawaii announced the Democrat presidential primary election will take place on May 22 via mail-in ballots. The election had originally been scheduled for April 4, but in-person voting was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. To accommodate […]

The Democratic Party of Hawaii announced the Democrat presidential primary election will take place on May 22 via mail-in ballots.

The election had originally been scheduled for April 4, but in-person voting was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.

To accommodate those who planned to vote in person, the party won’t count the ballots until late May to allow time for the extra round of ballots to be mailed, filled out, and returned.

Voters have until April 4 to register with the party and request a ballot.

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March 31, 2020 •

Hawaii Proposed Administrative Rule Hearing Rescheduled for May 7

The Hawaii State Ethics Commission has rescheduled its public hearing on proposed administrative rules concerning amendments to state lobbying and gift laws for May 7. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the original date of March 19 was postponed. The proposals include: […]

The Hawaii State Ethics Commission has rescheduled its public hearing on proposed administrative rules concerning amendments to state lobbying and gift laws for May 7.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the original date of March 19 was postponed.

The proposals include:

  • Clarifications as to what activities constitute lobbying
  • Exclusions from lobbyist registration requirements
  • A requirement that expenditures be reported on an accrual rather than cash basis.

Additionally, the proposals would amend prohibitions on certain kinds of gifts, valuation of gifts, and gift disclosure statements.

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March 20, 2020 •

Hawaii State Ethics Commission To Consider Lobbyist Filing Extension

The Hawaii State Ethics Commission will hold a special meeting on Friday, March 27, in response to COVID-19. Currently, lobbyist and employer activity reports are due on Tuesday, March 31, for the period of January 1 to February 29. Additionally, […]

The Hawaii State Ethics Commission will hold a special meeting on Friday, March 27, in response to COVID-19.

Currently, lobbyist and employer activity reports are due on Tuesday, March 31, for the period of January 1 to February 29.

Additionally, Commission members will consider issuing an order to extend the deadline to April 30.

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March 20, 2020 •

Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission Closes to the Public

Despite previous reports on March 17 that the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission will remain open, it is now closed to the public as of March 20. Commission staff are available remotely at (808) 586-0285 during regular business hours for assistance. […]

Despite previous reports on March 17 that the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission will remain open, it is now closed to the public as of March 20.

Commission staff are available remotely at (808) 586-0285 during regular business hours for assistance.

This does not affect noncandidate committee filing deadlines.

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March 18, 2020 •

Hawaii Ethics Commission Postpones March 19 Administrative Rule Hearing

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Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Hawaii State Ethics Commission has postponed its public hearing on proposed administrative rules concerning amendments to state lobbying and gift laws scheduled for March 19. While a new date has not been established, the ethics […]

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Hawaii State Ethics Commission has postponed its public hearing on proposed administrative rules concerning amendments to state lobbying and gift laws scheduled for March 19.

While a new date has not been established, the ethics commission indicated the public hearing will likely take place in early May.

The proposals include:

    • Clarifications as to what activities constitute lobbying
    • Exclusions from lobbyist registration requirements
    • Requirements that expenditures be reported on an accrual rather than cash basis

Additionally, the proposals amend prohibitions on certain kinds of gifts, valuation of gifts, and gift disclosure statements.

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March 17, 2020 •

Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission Operating, Taking Precautions Against COVID-19

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The Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission is fully operational and has implemented preventative measures in line with COVID-19 precautions. Staff are following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Hawaii State Department of Health on the […]

The Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission is fully operational and has implemented preventative measures in line with COVID-19 precautions.

Staff are following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Hawaii State Department of Health on the importance of hygiene etiquette.

The Campaign Spending Commission remains committed to maintaining the integrity and transparency of campaign finance in the 2020 election.

As such, noncandidate committee reports will still need to be timely filed.

Additionally, contact information should be up to date in each organizational report.

To check the status of an organizational report, log in to the noncandidate Filing System.

After logging in, click on “Edit Organizational Report” under the Administration tab.

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March 17, 2020 •

Hawaii Lawmakers Recess Due to COVID-19 Concerns

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The House and Senate leadership announced on March 16 that the 60-day legislative session is going into an immediate recess expected to last eight weeks. Legislators are following the recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The […]

The House and Senate leadership announced on March 16 that the 60-day legislative session is going into an immediate recess expected to last eight weeks.

Legislators are following the recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The guidelines urge the public to refrain from gathering in groups of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks to curtail the spread of COVID-19.

The session will resume where it left off subject to the call of Senate President Ron Kouchi and House Speaker Scott Saiki.

This does not affect lobbyist reporting.

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March 6, 2020 •

Hawaii Proposes Lobbying, Gift Law Changes

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The Hawaii State Ethics Commission will hold a public hearing on its proposed administrative rules on March 19. These proposals will include amendments to the state lobbying and gift laws. The committee will also review changes to Title 21, addressing […]

The Hawaii State Ethics Commission will hold a public hearing on its proposed administrative rules on March 19.

These proposals will include amendments to the state lobbying and gift laws.

The committee will also review changes to Title 21, addressing procedures such as issuing advisory opinions.

Decisions on the proposed rules will either take place at the conclusion of the public hearing or at a properly noticed meeting of the ethics commission.

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March 2, 2020 •

Hawaii State Office Tower Strengthens Security

The Campaign Spending Commission released a statement indicating that the State Office Tower will have a security guard stationed in the lobby. This will begin March 2 due to heightened security measures. All visitors to the building must sign in […]

The Campaign Spending Commission released a statement indicating that the State Office Tower will have a security guard stationed in the lobby.

This will begin March 2 due to heightened security measures.

All visitors to the building must sign in and out with the security guard and will be asked to provide a photo ID.

Additionally, all visitors will be issued a visitor pass at check-in, which must be returned to the security guard at check-out.

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February 11, 2020 •

Honolulu Voters Will Decide On Two-Term Limit for Prosecutor

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Voters in the November 3 election will decide whether the Honolulu prosecuting attorney should be limited to two consecutive four-year terms. Honolulu City Council members voted unanimously on January 29 to add the measure to the 2020 election ballot. Voters […]

Voters in the November 3 election will decide whether the Honolulu prosecuting attorney should be limited to two consecutive four-year terms.

Honolulu City Council members voted unanimously on January 29 to add the measure to the 2020 election ballot.

Voters last addressed a potential term limit on the prosecutor in 2016.

That year, citizens voted down a measure that would have established a three-year term limit for the prosecuting attorney, the mayor and council members.

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January 16, 2020 •

Hawaii Rep. Chris Lee Leaving House Seat for State Senate Run

After nearly 10 years in the state House, Rep. Chris Lee will not run for re-election for his House District 51 seat. Lee’s focus is now on the state Senate seat representing District 25. The Senate District 25 seat is […]

After nearly 10 years in the state House, Rep. Chris Lee will not run for re-election for his House District 51 seat.

Lee’s focus is now on the state Senate seat representing District 25.

The Senate District 25 seat is open because incumbent Laura Thielen is not seeking another term.

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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 […]

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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September 11, 2019 •

Hawaii to Hold Special Session on State Court Nominees

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The Hawaii Senate will convene in special session on September 16 to review gubernatorial nominees to the state courts. The gubernatorial nominees up for consideration by the Senate are: Clyde J. Wadsworth to the Intermediate Court of Appeals as associate […]

The Hawaii Senate will convene in special session on September 16 to review gubernatorial nominees to the state courts.

The gubernatorial nominees up for consideration by the Senate are:

      • Clyde J. Wadsworth to the Intermediate Court of Appeals as associate judge for a term of 10 years
      • Kevin A.K. Souza to the First Circuit Court for a 10-year term
      • Lisa W. Cataldo to the First Circuit Court for a term to expire in 10 years
      • Ronald G. Johnson to the First Circuit Court for a 10-year term
      • Trish K. Morikawa to the First Circuit Court for a term to expire in 10 years
      • John M. Tonaki to the First Circuit Court for a 10-year term
      • Jeffrey A. Hawk to the Third District Court for a six-year term

Hearings on the appointees before the Senate Committee on Judiciary are scheduled to begin on September 10.

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July 8, 2019 •

Hawaii Lawmakers Won’t Convene a Special Session to Override Gov.’s Vetoes

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Leaders in the state Senate and House of Representatives announced on July 5 that lawmakers will not attempt to override any vetoes issued by Gov. David Ige. House Speaker Scott Sakiki said the Legislature would not convene an override session […]

Leaders in the state Senate and House of Representatives announced on July 5 that lawmakers will not attempt to override any vetoes issued by Gov. David Ige.

House Speaker Scott Sakiki said the Legislature would not convene an override session due to a lack of consensus between the Senate and the House.

Gov. Ige has identified 20 bills that he intends to veto of the 303 passed by lawmakers this year.

Ige has until Tuesday, July 9 to make his final decision on issuing vetoes.

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