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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June 26, 2019 •

Hawaii Governor Signs Lobbying Penalties Bill

Hawaii Gov. David Ige

Gov. David Ige signed a lobbying bill into law on June 25. The bill removes statutory remnants from when lobbying violations resulted in criminal penalties. Senate Bill 144 replaces “willfully” with “negligently” in the requirements of proof that a violation […]

Gov. David Ige signed a lobbying bill into law on June 25.

The bill removes statutory remnants from when lobbying violations resulted in criminal penalties.

Senate Bill 144 replaces “willfully” with “negligently” in the requirements of proof that a violation of the lobbyist law was committed for failure to file a statement or report.

Proceedings that were begun prior to the signing of the bill are not affected.

Additionally, rights and duties that matured and penalties that were incurred prior to the bill are not affected.

The bill became effective when signed.

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May 2, 2019 •

Hawaii Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

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The 30th Hawaii Legislature adjourned sine die on May 2 after 60 legislative days in session. During the session, House Bill 165 passed adding a new registration and reporting requirement for noncandidate committees. Committees that do not intend to receive […]

The 30th Hawaii Legislature adjourned sine die on May 2 after 60 legislative days in session.

During the session, House Bill 165 passed adding a new registration and reporting requirement for noncandidate committees.

Committees that do not intend to receive contributions or make expenditures of more than $1,000 in an election period must notify the commission of its intent in the committee’s organizational report by the fifth calendar day, before the due date of the preliminary primary report.

The 31st Legislature is scheduled to convene on January 15, 2020.

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April 17, 2019 •

Hawaii Governor Signs Noncandidate Committee Reporting Bill

Gov. David Ige signed House Bill 165 on April 16, adding a new registration and reporting requirement for noncandidate committees in an election period.

Under the bill, a noncandidate committee that does not intend to receive contributions or make expenditures in aggregate of more than $1,000 in an election period must notify the commission of its intent in the committee’s organizational report.

Notification must be made by the fifth calendar day before the due date of the preliminary primary report.

The bill became effective April 16 upon approval by the governor.

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March 1, 2019 •

Hawaii Electronic Filing System Available

The Hawaii State Ethics Commission’s electronic filing system for lobbying disclosures is now available. The E-Filing System allows for filing of lobbyist registrations and expenditures reports. The E-Filing system is available at: https://hawaiiethics.force.com/lobbying/s/

The Hawaii State Ethics Commission’s electronic filing system for lobbying disclosures is now available.

The E-Filing System allows for filing of lobbyist registrations and expenditures reports.

The E-Filing system is available at: https://hawaiiethics.force.com/lobbying/s/

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February 28, 2019 •

Hawaii Proposed Bill Progresses Through Legislature

A proposed House bill relating to campaign reports is progressing through the Legislature, passing its third reading and arriving in the Senate. House Bill 165 would require candidates who do not intend to receive or spend more than $1,000 in […]

A proposed House bill relating to campaign reports is progressing through the Legislature, passing its third reading and arriving in the Senate.

House Bill 165 would require candidates who do not intend to receive or spend more than $1,000 in an election period to notify the Campaign Spending Commission of this intention by June 30 of an election year.

The bill further provides that noncandidate committees that do not receive or spend more than $1,000 in an election period must notify the commission of this intention by the fifth day before the due date of the preliminary report.

The proposed bill would take effect upon its approval.

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February 4, 2019 •

Honolulu Announces Special Election for City Council District 4

A special election will take place on Saturday, April 13, to fill a vacancy in Honolulu City Council District 4. The Hawaii Supreme Court invalidated the results of the November special election that showed incumbent Trevor Ozawa beating challenger Tommy […]

A special election will take place on Saturday, April 13, to fill a vacancy in Honolulu City Council District 4.

The Hawaii Supreme Court invalidated the results of the November special election that showed incumbent Trevor Ozawa beating challenger Tommy Waters by 22 votes.

The invalidation triggered a mail-in special election for the candidates.

There will be a voter registration deadline of March 14. Early walk-in voting will take place at Honolulu Hale between April 1 and April 13, excluding Sunday.

City Council District 4 runs from Hawai’i Kai to Waikiki.

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January 11, 2019 •

Hawaii Proposed Legislation Seeks to Change Campaign Finance Laws

The Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission submitted four measures for introduction in the 2019 legislative session, proposing changes for Super PACs, candidate committees and electioneering communications. Proposal CSC-01 (19) would change the disclosure date for electioneering communications to when the electioneering […]

The Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission submitted four measures for introduction in the 2019 legislative session, proposing changes for Super PACs, candidate committees and electioneering communications.

Proposal CSC-01 (19) would change the disclosure date for electioneering communications to when the electioneering communication is publicly distributed rather than when the contract for the electioneering communication is executed. Additionally, the expenditure aggregate would be increased to $2,000, all mailings and not just those sent at bulk rate would be covered, and candidate and noncandidate committees would be required to file statements of information.

Proposal CSC-02 (19) would require candidate committees to file a first Preliminary General Report on October 1.

Proposal CSC-03 (19) would impose a $5,000 fine on Super PACs that received at least one contribution of more than $10,000 from any one person or spent more than $10,000 aggregate in an election period and would permit the fine to be up to three times the amount of the unlawful contribution or expenditure. The measure would also call for the fine to be paid from the personal funds of an officer of the noncandidate committee.

Finally, Proposal CSC-04 (19) would require candidates who do not intend to have more than $1,000 in activity to provide notice to the Commission of such intent by June 30 of an election year and to require noncandidate committees who do not intend to have more than $1,000 in activity to provide notice to the Commission of such intent by the fifth calendar day prior to the due date of the Preliminary Primary Report.

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January 2, 2019 •

Release Date for Hawaii Electronic Filing System Pending

The Hawaii State Ethics Commission announced the new electronic filing system for lobbying registrations and disclosures is currently being tested and will not be available in early January as anticipated. Lobbyists who plan to continue lobbying in 2019 must renew […]

The Hawaii State Ethics Commission announced the new electronic filing system for lobbying registrations and disclosures is currently being tested and will not be available in early January as anticipated.

Lobbyists who plan to continue lobbying in 2019 must renew registrations as usual by Monday, January 28.

Lobbying expenditure reports are due as usual on Thursday, January 31.

The Commission will hold a training session on January 7 at 10 a.m. to provide an overview of the lobbying laws.

The Commission has yet to announce a release date for the new e-filing system.

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December 7, 2018 •

Hawaii Announces New Electronic Filing System

The Hawaii Ethics Commission will launch a new electronic filing system for lobbying registrations and disclosures beginning in January 2019, allowing lobbyists and organizations to register online for the 2019-2020 legislative biennium. Lobbyists who plan to continue lobbying in 2019 […]

The Hawaii Ethics Commission will launch a new electronic filing system for lobbying registrations and disclosures beginning in January 2019, allowing lobbyists and organizations to register online for the 2019-2020 legislative biennium.

Lobbyists who plan to continue lobbying in 2019 must renew registrations by Monday, January 28, 2019. Commission staff are available to assist lobbyists who have already registered for the 2019-2020 lobbying period via a paper filing.

Lobbying expenditure reports for 2019 may be submitted electronically through the new e-filing system as early as March 2019.

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July 16, 2018 •

Hawaii Senate Confirms Judicial Nominees

The 29th Hawaii State Legislature adjourned its first special session on Tuesday, July 10. Lawmakers convened the two-day session to confirm Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald’s judicial nominations for various district courts. The Senate confirmed Kenneth J. Shimozono, Mahilani E.K. Hiatt, […]

The 29th Hawaii State Legislature adjourned its first special session on Tuesday, July 10.

Lawmakers convened the two-day session to confirm Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald’s judicial nominations for various district courts.

The Senate confirmed Kenneth J. Shimozono, Mahilani E.K. Hiatt, and Wendy M. Deweese for six-year terms on the District Family Court of the First Circuit.

Kristine Y. Yoo was confirmed to a six-year term on the District Court of the First Circuit.

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May 4, 2018 •

Hawaii Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

The 2018 session of the Hawaii State Legislature adjourned sine die on Thursday, May 3. Senate Bill 2154 passed and was transmitted to the governor upon adjournment. If Gov. Ige signs the bill, noncandidate committees will no longer be required […]

The 2018 session of the Hawaii State Legislature adjourned sine die on Thursday, May 3.

Senate Bill 2154 passed and was transmitted to the governor upon adjournment. If Gov. Ige signs the bill, noncandidate committees will no longer be required to include contributor information on their campaign finance organizational reports.

The Legislature will reconvene in regular session at 10 a.m. on January 16, 2019.

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March 23, 2018 •

Hawaii State Rep. Joe Souki to Resign Amid Harassment Allegations

Former Hawaii House Speaker Joseph Souki is being forced to resign after admitting to inappropriately touching and kissing multiple women over his legislative tenure. His resignation is part of a State Ethics Commission settlement agreement stemming from allegations filed by […]

Former Hawaii House Speaker Joseph Souki is being forced to resign after admitting to inappropriately touching and kissing multiple women over his legislative tenure.

His resignation is part of a State Ethics Commission settlement agreement stemming from allegations filed by multiple women.

The Commission agreed to resolve the matter if Souki resigns by March 30, issues a public apology, pays an administrative fine, and does not seek public office for two years.

Souki, 86, has served in the Hawaii State Legislature since 1982.

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January 30, 2018 •

Hawaii Lieutenant Governor Announces Resignation to Become Lobbyist

Hawaii Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui announced he will be resigning on Wednesday to join a lobbying and public affairs firm as senior vice president. In his announcement, Tsutsui cited the difficulty of working on Oahu with his family being on […]

Hawaii Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui announced he will be resigning on Wednesday to join a lobbying and public affairs firm as senior vice president.

In his announcement, Tsutsui cited the difficulty of working on Oahu with his family being on Maui, and the new job will allow him to be on the same island as his family.

Hawaii’s revolving door restrictions only apply to legislators and employees of the Legislature.

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