Hawaii political committees that can raise and spend unlimited amounts of campaign money would be required to disclose the candidates their expenditures are attacking or supporting under a proposal moving through the Legislature. The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday passed House Bill 1756 out of committee, sending it to the Finance Committee. The bill was supported by the state Campaign Spending Commission, Common Cause Hawaii and the League of Women Voters-Hawaii. Currently, independent-expenditure-only committees — or so-called Super PACs — only have to disclose basic information on expenditures such as the name and address of vendors. The proposed bill would require them to “include the name of the candidate who is supported or opposed by the expenditure, and whether the expenditure supports or opposes the candidate.”
The Judiciary Committee also took up a Sunshine Law bill that initially proposed shortening the advance-notice requirements for public board meetings to four days from six. The committee deleted that section of HB 1611, maintaining the six-day requirement, but kept language that would allow “less than a quorum” of members to attend other public meetings or events where issues of interest to them are being discussed, such as community events, professional-association conferences and professional-development seminars.
Currently, the law generally prohibits board members from discussing board business outside of a meeting of their own board. Meanwhile, the House committee deferred action on a bill that would have allowed the state Office of Elections to move ahead with designing an online voter registration system.