2017 Legislation Relating to Ethics and Lobbying

HSEC’s Bills

HB 290/SB 458: Ethics Commission package. Clarifies the powers and duties of the state ethics commission; increases fines for ethics violations. Restores protection for legislators when carrying out a legislative function. Clarifies what is an expenditure for lobbyists and what is considered lobbying. Amends requirements for filing statements of expenditures.

Commission Testimony supporting HB 290

HB 508/SB 1090: Increases fines for ethics violations and for violations of the lobbyist law, chapter 97, HRS. Clarifies the ethics code’s language regarding the assessment of fines in the context of a settlement agreement. Removes statutory remnants from when violations of chapter 97, HRS, were criminal offenses.

Commission Testimony supporting HB 508

HB 509/SB 875: Clarifies how the Ethics Commission may provide guidance and resolve allegations of violations.

HB 510/SB 1089: Clarifies service and conflict disclosure provisions relating to task force members, designees, and representatives.

HB 511/SB 853: Makes changes to the laws governing lobbyists. Amends the definition of “expenditure,” “lobbyist,” and “lobbying.” Allows a person who employs a lobbyist to file a notice of termination. Amends reporting requirements for reports covering special sessions of the legislature. Requires that lobbyist registration statements be posted on the state ethics commission’s website within a reasonable time after filing and remain on the website for at least 4 years.

Commission Testimony supporting HB 511

HB 512/SB 872: Clarifies that the Ethics Commission may employ or retain its own attorneys

Commission Testimony supporting HB 512

Commission Testimony supporting SB 872

HB 852/SB 856: Increases fines for failures to timely file financial disclosure statements. Allows the state ethics commission to use e‑mail or first-class mail to notify those individuals who fail to timely file their financial disclosure statements. Directs the commission to publish the names of individuals who fail to file their financial disclosure statements by the statutory deadline

Commission Testimony supporting HB 852

 

Non-HSEC Bills

HB 71: Prohibits a sitting governor or mayor from maintaining outside employment or receiving emoluments.

Commission Testimony supporting the intent of HB 71

HB 98: Clarifies the fair treatment law by delineating limitations placed on persons who are task force members from those placed on legislators who are task force members. Clarifies that legislators are not prohibited from making statements or taking action in the exercise of their legislative functions.

Commission Testimony supporting HB 98

HB 110: Makes appropriation for the public employment cost items of and cost adjustments for employees of the various legislative agencies. Appropriates funds.

Commission Testimony supporting HB 110

HB 166: Authorizes the University of Hawaii to create, promote, and participate in new economic enterprises and expand workforce opportunities based on inventions and discoveries generated by or at the University by establishing the Innovation and Commercialization Initiative Program. Creates the University innovation and commercialization initiative special fund.

Commission Testimony with comments on HB 166

HB 425/SB 138: Makes certain sections of the State Code of Ethics inapplicable to technology transfer activities sponsored by University of Hawaii if the activities comply with the regulatory framework and research compliance program approved by the Board of Regents. Requires the Board of Regents to submit written status reports.

Commission Testimony opposing HB 425

Commission Testimony opposing SB 138

HB 847/SB 137: Establishes the Innovation and Commercialization Initiative Program to expressly give the University of Hawaii the legal authority to create, promote, and participate in new economic enterprises and expand workforce opportunities based on inventions and discoveries generated by or at the University.

Commission Testimony with comments on HB 847

Commission Testimony with comments on SB 137

HB 1156/SB 1022: Establishes the Innovation and Commercialization Initiative Program to expressly give the University of Hawaii the legal authority to create, promote, and participate in new economic enterprises and expand workforce opportunities based on inventions and discoveries generated by or at the University. Creates Special Fund.

Commission Testimony with comments on HB 1156

HB 1157/SB 1023: Clarifies that certain sections of the State Ethics Code do not apply to technology transfer activities sponsored by the University of Hawaii; provided that the activities comply with the regulatory framework and research compliance program approved by the Board of Regents. Requires the Board of Regents to submit a written status report to the Legislature every two years.

Commission Testimony opposing HB 1157

HB 1530: Appropriates funds to provide for the expenses of the Legislature, Auditor, Legislative Reference Bureau, Ombudsman, and Ethics Commission.

Commission Testimony supporting HB1530

SB 240: Requires the chief counsel and chief legal and regulatory advisor to the public utilities commission to file annually a disclosure of financial interest with the state ethics commission.

Commission Testimony with comments on SB 240

SB 1287: Exempts extracurricular service of employees from the state ethics code if certain conditions are met. Defines detached remuneration and extracurricular service.

Commission Testimony opposing SB 1287