Editor’s Note:A previous version of this story stated that Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz had not filed his 2011 financial disclosure with the Hawaii Ethics Commission. As of June 2, his disclosure had not been posted to the ethics commission’s website. Civil Beat had been informed by commission representatives that the website was up to date and representative of who had filed. As of June 6, Dela Cruz’s disclosure has been posted on the website, with a time stamp indicating that he filed his disclosure with the commission May 19. You can view his disclosure here.
More than 60 percent of Hawaii senators did not file their financial disclosures during the 2011 Legislature.
Of the Legislature’s 24 senators, 16 filed after session ended on May 5. Among those who did file during the session, four reported in February, two more in March, and two during the last week — one on May 3 and the other on May 5.
The annual disclosures detail assets, income and financial ties of lawmakers and state employees. The reports can be valuable in determining if a politician has a potential conflict of interest when voting.
Hawaii law does not require lawmakers file disclosures while the Legislature is in session. But the late filing deadline, a loophole in the law, effectively renders the information useless.
The disclosures of the six senators who filed before the last week of the session could have been useful for identifying possible conflicts. But for the rest, the next time the reports will be applicable is the 2012 legislative session, long past any vote that could appear to have been influenced by a financial relationship.
Civil Beat found most House representatives also failed to file during session.
This year, legislators 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.
More than a third of senators indicated changes to their disclosures since 2010. Those changes reflect what one might expect.
For example, Sen. Suzanne Chun Oakland’s disclosure shows she now owes less money to creditors. Sen. Carol Fukunaga adjusted the value of some real estate she owns.
Another senator, Ronald Kouchi, indicated a change in income.
The table below shows when each senator filed their disclosure, and whether or not they changed it from 2010.
2011 Disclosure Filing Date
Changes From 2010 Disclosure
Rosalyn H. Baker
Suzanne N. Chun Oakland
Donovan M. Dela Cruz
No Disclosure on File
J. Kalani English
William C. Espero
Carol A. Fukunaga
Gerald M. Gabbard
Brickwood M. Galuteria
Joshua B. Green
Clayton H. Hee
David Y. Ige
Les S. Ihara, Jr.
Michelle N. Kidani
Donna M. Kim
Ronald D. Kouchi
Clarence K. Nishihara
Ellen L. Pohaikaua Ryan
Samuel M. Slom
Malama A. Solomon
Brian T. Taniguchi
Jill N. Tokuda
Shan S. Tsutsui
Glenn S. Wakai
( + As of June 2, Sen. Dela Cruz had not filed a 2011 disclosure with the Ethics Commission.)
( ++ Filed first financial disclosure.)
( +++ Filed long form financial disclosure.)
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