June 26, 2019 •
Hawaii Governor Signs Lobbying Penalties Bill
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.