Chair Hee, Vice-Chair Shimabukuro, and Committee Members:
The League of Women Voters of Hawaii supports HB 1604 providing that certificates of election would be delivered only after the filing of campaign commission disclosure reports and the payment of any fine assessed by the Campaign Spending Commission.
It is important that all candidates promptly comply with any outstanding campaign commission disclosure reports and any fines already assessed. The reason we have a Campaign Spending Commission is to assure all candidates for public office, the voters and other citizens that election campaigns are conducted as required by state laws on campaign finance. Without enforcing CSC rulings, the state law could be flouted – surely not the intent of the Legislature.
It is also important that the requirements for delivering elections certificates are clear.
We note that we have been assured that the Attorney General has declared that the process of HB1604 is legal under the state Constitution. We are currently trying to get a copy of that decision, which is presumably available to Legislators.
Thank you for the opportunity to submit testimony.