Nine bills affecting lobbying have been introduced in the 2011 Hawaii Legislature.

Descriptions of the bills are below:

House

1) HB38 proposes “a constitutional amendment to provide that freedom of speech does not include the expenditure of money to influence elections or promote lobbying.”

This bill was introduced by Rep. Karl Rhoads

2) HB253 proposes to amend “section 97-7, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to omit the requirement of wilful conduct.” If passed, the bill would mean penalties for lobbyists that “fail” (rather than “willfully fail”) to file an expenditure statement or “file” (rather than “willfully file”) a statement or report containing false or omitted information.

This bill was introduced by Rep. Calvin Say

3) HB637 would require “lobbyists and their clients to make monthly disclosures during any month the legislature is in session, and a report for June 1 through December 31. Adds required disclosures regarding lobbying events, contractual relationships with legislators, and campaign contributions. Requires the governor, lieutenant governor, and legislators to file their financial disclosures by January 31 after the beginning of the regular legislative session. Requires certain state employees to disclose contractual relationships with lobbyists and their clients.”

This bill was introduced by Reps. Della Belatti, Rida Cabanilla, Mele Carroll, Sylvia Luke and Hermina Morita.

4) HB862 requires “the ethics commission to retain, in electronic form for ten years, financial and gift disclosure statements filed by legislators, employees, and delegates to a constitutional convention and statements filed by lobbyists. Makes such documents public records for so long as the documents are available, either in paper or electronic form.”

This bill was introduced by Rep. Della Belatti.

Senate

1) SB69 “Prohibits a lobbyist, principal of a lobbyist, client or agent of lobbyist, and a political action committee on which the lobbyist sits, that lobbies the legislature from making a contribution to a member of the legislature, the governor, and lieutenant governor while the legislature is in session.”

This bill was introduced by Sen. Les Ihara.

2) SB78 “Requires the ethics commission to retain, in electronic form for ten years, financial and gift disclosure statements filed by legislators, employees, and delegates to a constitutional convention and statements filed by lobbyists. Makes such documents public records for so long as the documents are available, either in paper or electronic form.”

This bill was introduced by Sen. Les Ihara.

3) SB660 would expand “the lobbying laws to cover lobbying of the executive branch.” Read about the expansions here.

This bill was introduced by Sens. Les Ihara, Will Espero, Rosalyn Baker, Brickwood Galuteria and Michelle Kidani.

4) SB671 “Requires lobbyists and their clients to make monthly disclosures during any month the legislature is in session, and a report for June 1 through December 31. Adds required disclosures regarding lobbying events, contractual relationships with legislators, and campaign contributions. Requires the governor, lieutenant governor, and legislators to file their financial disclosures by January 31 after the beginning of the regular legislative session. Requires certain state employees to disclose contractual relationships with lobbyists and their clients.”

This bill was introduced by Sen. Les Ihara and Sen. Sam Slom.

5) SB995 would amend “section 97-7, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to omit the requirement of wilful conduct.”

This bill was introduced by Senate President Shan Tsutsui.

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