Seventy percent of Hawaii House representatives filed their public financial disclosures after the legislative session ended May 5.
The annual disclosures can be used to monitor lawmaker’s financial ties and identify possible conflicts of interest. A result of a loophole in the law, politicians aren’t required to file the documents until May 31, well after the Legislature closes shop.
As of June 2, the Hawaii State Ethics Commission, which monitors the disclosures, had received reports from all 51 House representatives, which are posted online. Thirty-six of the 51 filed between May 5 and June 1.
This year, legislators and other state employees were required to fill out a short form disclosure, as opposed to the long form. The short form is used every other year and gives the option to check off a box indicating there have been no financial changes since the long form was filed. If there have been changes, politicians must report them.
About half of the House reps reported changes from their 2010 long form disclosures. The table below shows when lawmakers filed their 2011 disclosures, and who indicated a change from 2010.
|Representative||2011 Disclosure Filing Date||Changes From 2010 Disclosure|
|Henry James C. Aquino||May 23||Yes|
|Karen L. Awana||May 27||No|
|Della A. Belatti||January 31||No|
|Thomas M. Brower||May 27||No|
|Rida T.R. Cabanilla||May 23||Yes|
|Diana M. Carroll||June 1||No|
|Jerry L. Chang||May 19||Yes|
|Corinne W.L. Ching||February 23||No|
|Dwight P. Chong||May 31||No|
|Isaac W. Choy||May 27||Yes|
|George D. Coffman||May 13||Yes|
|Ty J. Cullen||April 27||Yes|
|Cynthia F. Evans||April 28||Yes|
|George R. Fontaine||May 31||Yes|
|Faye P. Hanohano-Kaawaloa||May 31||No|
|Sharon E. Har||March 4||No|
|Mark J. Hashem||May 27||No|
|Robert N. Herkes||May 25||No|
|Linda E. Ichiyama||February 23||Yes|
|Kenneth T. Ito||February 15||No|
|Aaron L. Johanson||May 31||Yes|
|Georgette “Jo” Jordan||March 24||N/A*|
|Derek S.K. Kawakami||April 15||N/A*|
|Gilbert S. Keith-Agaran||February 15||Yes|
|Chris K. Lee||June 1||No|
|Marilyn B. Lee||February 18||Yes|
|Sylvia J. Luke||February 14||Yes|
|Joey Manahan||May 27||No|
|Barbara C. Marumoto||April 20||No|
|Angus L.K. McKelvey||May 27||Yes|
|John M. Mizuno||May 17||No|
|Daynette S.P. Morikawa||May 20||Yes|
|Mark M. Nakashima||May 25||Yes|
|Scott Y. Nishimoto||May 26||No|
|Blake K. Oshiro||May 27||Yes|
|Marcus R. Oshiro||May 27||Yes|
|Kymberly N. Pine||May 20||N/A**|
|Karl A. Rhoads||May 9||Yes|
|Gilbert R. Riviere||May 31||No|
|Scott K. Saiki||February 17||No|
|Calvin K.Y. Say||May 11||N/A**|
|Joseph M. Souki||May 31||No|
|K. Mark Takai||May 24||Yes|
|Roy M. Takumi||May 31||No|
|Cynthia H. Thielen||February 22||Yes|
|James K. Tokioka||June 1||Yes|
|Clifton K. Tsuji||May 27||Yes|
|Gene R. Ward||May 23||Yes|
|Jessica E. Wooley||May 25||No|
|Ryan I. Yamane||May 9||Yes|
|Kyle T. Yamashita||May 17||Yes|
( * Filed their first disclosure.)
( ** Say and Pine filed a long form disclosure.)
The findings are in line with previous Civil Beat reporting. In January, Civil Beat found that only 13 House representatives filed their 2010 disclosures during last year’s legislative session.
Additionally, Civil Beat reported in April that only one in five House reps claimed to own stock in excess of $5,000 on their disclosures. The finding was surprising, given that a majority of Americans own stock. The latest disclosures show there has been no increase in the number of House reps reporting stock ownership. The number is still at one in five.
The same goes for lawmakers disclosing dependents with stocks or mutual funds. No Hawaii representatives reported dependents with stocks or mutual funds in 2010 or 2011.
Changes to the 2011 disclosures from 2010 primarily include items like adjustments to rental income, new boards sat on, additional or less debt, or children no longer being claimed as dependents.