The Hawaii State Ethics Commission is chasing down state employees and board members who have failed to file their financial disclosure statements for 2015.
The reports, which were due June 30, contain information about the person’s income, their ownership or beneficial interests in businesses, creditors, real estate holdings, clients they represent before other state agencies, and any outside boards or companies they serve on.
As of Tuesday, there were 67 state employees and 321 members of boards and commissions who have yet to file their disclosure statement for this year. That’s about 21 percent of everyone who’s required to file by law.
The Hawaii State Ethics Commission, seen here at its meeting Wednesday, can fine employees who file their financial disclosure statements late, as 388 people did this year.
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There are just over 1,800 state employees and board members who have to file annual financial disclosure statements with the commission.
Not all of those are public records, but the publicly available files include those of all 76 state lawmakers, the governor and his Cabinet, along with members of more than a dozen powerful boards, including the University of Hawaii Board of Regents, Public Utilities Commission and Hawaii Community Development Authority. (Civil Beat has created a searchable database of the public filings.)
Here’s a look at the 2015 financial disclosure filing status, as of July 21, 2015.
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There’s an administrative fine of $50 for failing to file a financial disclosure statement. If the form isn’t filed within 10 days of the due date, there’s an additional fine of $10 each day it’s late.
The commission can — and occasionally does — waive the fine when there’s a good reason for it being filed late.
Ethics Executive Director Les Kondo reported on the 2015 financial disclosure filing status at the commission’s meeting Wednesday.